Hi guys... Well, i'm one of those guys that always dig "weird" "boxy" cars. I had 3 Honda Elements ( ie my favorite car of all time ), an FJ Cruiser ( served it's purpose ) and now I leased a 2015 Transit Connect Wagon. Mine isn't the Titanium but it's just below that. I actually built it from the ground up and my dealer was able to find one in Riverside CA and shipped to my dealer in Carlsbad. Where to start... I love this thing. Sure I have a one year old, but he lives with his mom up in Oregon ( long story ), but i'm one of those surfer/snowboarder/camper/bulldog owner kinda guys that likes to get out and have fun, but also likes comfort... I stumbled across this as I've always wanted a VW van but really don't feel like working on it everyday. My dealer gave me an amazing amount on the trade in of my FJ so I had to jump on it. I leased it as I always change my mind on cars, but this one I may actually purchase. I got the gloss black version as, if I purchase, will murder this sucker out and it will be all black ( rims / tint / etc ) and plus I didn't want to look like every other cargo van. Pro's: Overhead storage is so awesome Overhead mid storage ( option ) is also amazing. Similar to airline storage All seats fold flat. Mine actually stays that way all the time as I got the weather tech liner that goes from the back of the front seats all the way to the back doors. I'm only 5'4" so I can really lay out in this thing. Dual heat / AC zones. Great for camping. Heated windshield. No not defrost, heated... I'm interested to see how this works when up at the mountains. 180 degree opening doors. I opted for this vice the life rear gate as I wanted to mount all of my camping gear on the rear door panels, which worked out amazingly. Sound system. Opted for the best one the had and glad I did. The Navi and sound is great Mileage. I do mainly city driving but starting this week will be heading to Mammoth Mountain or Bear pretty much weekly. Getting 23.2 right now in the city which is light years ahead of my FJ. Turning fog lights. When not on constant, when you use your blinker, the side you are turning to lights up, making it so easy to see. Power outlets. One thing I love is that Ford puts fuses under the dash, as well as in the back. I was able to mount my power inverter and Bluetooth speaker, hard wired, into the fuse box for camping. And didn't have to run miles of cable Con's. Not a whole lot really. I'm anxious to see what it does in the snow. Only had since June and it's been flawless. You can hear some squeeks and such, but that could be that I keep all my camp gear in there at all times so it could be jossled around. Also, the sliding doors are now automatic, so you actually have to use your hands people. But hell, i'd rather do that than pay $50,000 for a Toyota minivan. My dealer also threw in a Thule roof rack. Now if there is a con, that is one of them, as putting that up is a pain in the "you know what". The don't give you any threads to bolt the rack in, so you have to use Jack Nuts to do it. Was my first time attempting but once I did one I was a pro. The Jack Nuts are about 14 bucks for 6 and a tool at Harbor Freight ran me 18 bucks, but my surf boards stay up there solid. Overall I love it, except now i'm seeing more people jump on the bandwagon and getting them. I'm working on making some rear curtains for a little more privacy, but it's basically done. I have all of the power outlets I need ( 2 3 prong in the pack and a bunch of USB up front ), mounted some extra LED lighting that come down and can be moved anywhere ( magnets hold up ) and mounted a cargo net on the inside roof for extra odds and ends while sleeping... Jump on the bandwagon and get the unminivan. You won't be disappointed... Thanx David
The 4 wheel disk brakes are very nice with smooth, positive and very controlled braking. Allows the smoothest stopping I've ever been able to do. The engine/transmission combination is the best I have ever driven. Snappy if needed and VERY smooth acceleration with shifting done quietly and without notice. The vehicle I have is a cargo van with trailer package, large mirrors and rear windows. It has no back seats. The vehicle has big front door entrance and is one reason I purchased. I am older and stiffer that used to be and my previous vehicle was a 05 Scion that was the easiest to enter of any car I have owned. I changed to Ford as Scion messed it up by making it sleeker and lower and harder to enter. The Ford gets 25.9 mpg which is acceptable to me now as gas has gone below $2.00 in my area. I have had one problem with my trailer package. When it is rainy or snowy, (undercarriage is wet) the warning lights tell me I have a faulty trailer light even though I'm not using a trailer. I went to the dealer for repair and the mechanic said he could not find a problem. I asked him if he wet the underside and he said no! IDIOT! I now have over 40,000 miles on the vehicle and it still gives me the the warning. I haven't been back to the dealer yet as I am in Virginia and the dealer is in Rock Hill, SC. It has recently been bought up by the Sonic Distributorship so I should probably go back and try again. This time I will wet it down before I take it in. I have checked the mileage against what the vehicle computer says and it is accurate and 25.9 is still my mileage. Other than this, I am very satisfied. Update with 60,000+ miles on vehicle. Still enjoying it as before. Mileage has improved a little and trailer hitch is still a problem. Overall, very satisfied.
It's small but roomy. I purchased it in January and have about 10k miles on it. I am 6'2' and it's very comfortable. I am in it a lot Monday through Friday. This model does not come with a glass on the sliding door so that is an upgrade in my immediate future that I need for getting out of parking spots. I also want a rear recordable camera for backing up and watching the back. I have one in the front. I didn't think I would like the rear lift gate but I do. Previous to this van I have had several Astro vans but of course they stopped making them. I had to downsize a bit on tools and equipment but some items and tools I carried around for years and never used so for me it was no problem. Everything about the van works great. The transmission sometimes seems a little confused. I believe it's made in France. We will see how long it lasts. My Astros went over 150k on the transmissions. Gas milage is almost twice the Astro so I am saving dollars left and right. So far a great little truck that fits everywhere.
We shopped almost every SUV and VAN even bought a used Honda Odyssey but quickly sold the Honda. Did our research and found no other vehicle fit our needs. This is the best of both worlds - rides like a luxury car but larger and better capacity than the van. Every vehicle we looked at that had fold down seats not one of them were flat when folded. All of them had some sort of slope or had to be removed altogether. This has a perfectly flat cargo area with the seats folded down - perfect for dog crates. I have nothing bad to say about this vehicle in fact I've never liked a vehicle like I do this one. The price is also very reasonable compared to SUV's and Van's. A great wagon with a great price.
Waited till I accumilated some mileage before posting again. I now have 89,000 miles on my 2.5 and its doing great. I haul a trailer 85% of the time and carry about 800 lbs of tools inside. Have not been easy on it and drive hard in the mountains. Still gets amazing gas mileage and no maintenance issues at all. I travel alot and needed better mileage than my old E 150. I found that pulling a small trailer I can carry mlre than with the Econoline and still get better fuel mileage! If you want a really tough van that you can count on , this is it.