First, the throttle body had to be replaced due to a recall. Then it wouldn't shift correctly due to transmission fluid leaking so the dealership had to change out the gasket. Now the radio won't turn on and it's no longer under warranty because my car has 36k miles. All this within one year of ownership on a car less than two years old. I've never had these issues with my Japanese cars. Took a chance on this Ford because of the price and interior space. No surprise, Ford won't do anything about it. Numerous reports online regarding Ford Radios not powering on, but Ford won't fix it. Big surprise there. Terrible decision on my part to buy this car. No more Fords for me!!!
When I got my 2016 Transit Connect Titanium wagon I was thrilled with the ride height, the different look of the body, the versatility. Fast forward 2 years and I absolutely despise this thing and wish someone would steal it. I'll start with the ride quality- it doesn't exist. Loud, rough, extremely unrefined... sadly more of all of those than I would have ever imagined. My 1984 Chevette rode better than this thing. Next, and as some other reviewers mentioned, the car very clumsily lunges forward when beginning to accelerate, brake, go around corners, etc. The horsepower in my Transit is the 2.5 which is honestly still a joke. It makes a TON of noise when having to accelerate hard but doesn't really do much else... like it doesn't go any faster, it just gets louder. Build quality isn't fantastic with several small issues like a constant smell of staleness or mold due to a water leak coming from under the dash that no Ford dealership can find. My suggestion- don't buy this unless you have no other choice (AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE ANOTHER CHOICE). You've been warned.
2016 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van XL w/Rear 180 Degree Doors LWB 4dr Minivan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Be prepared for abundant harrassment by warning lights, chimes (way too loud) and occasionally the horn. The windshield pillar reinforcements cause blind spots especially dangerous to impulsive pedestrians at crosswalks. The I.M. says not to run the wipers in dry conditions, but of course this happens accidentally on account of their bizarre stalk controls. The van lurches during braking, acceleration, and on right angle turns around town. In hot weather the dashboard turns into a huge, hot radiator. In foggy or rainy weather, when backing up it is necessary to turn the headlights off in order to see the tiny backup camera screen. The steering wheel interferes with seeing most of the instruments including the speedometer The exterior lights are rigged so that they can stay on indefinitely when you open and shut doors, as for a thorough cleaning, thus threatening to discharge the battery. On the + side, it has plenty of pep which is why I think it outsells the anemic Nissan 200 although the Nissan has a better, more business-like interior. Both brands have good seats using woven material. The Ford's select shift worked well climbing 5500 feet up to Flagstaff, AZ at 70 mph. It kept going through the flooded streets of Tucson the rainy summer of 2017.