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  2. sunroof

    Congratulations on your soon to be purchase. I really like mine. I bought it a couple of months ago and had to drive 300 miles to get a new one. Purchased a new 2016 a couple of months ago without the sunroof. My concern was the extra heat it would let in. In my research on the vehicles I did not see anything unusual about leaking or cracking. It is a non opening glass panel so sealing should be pretty good. I did see some issues with the retractable cloth cover. Sunroofs are relatively common on XLT's and Titanium wagons from what I saw when looking so I'd think if there were a problem it would have showed up by now. I've had sunroofs before and the only problem I've had is the drains getting stopped up and leaking. Since the TC's sunroof is fixed it doesn't have that problem. My wife has a 2008 Smart car with the lean top and no problems but it lives in the garage. My son has a VW Jetta wagon with the giant sunroof that retracts and has had no problems. No these are't the same but maybe will help you. My Volt had a small chip in the front windshield, last fall driving out of my driveway, the hickory tree (or squirrel) carefully aimed a hickory nut at my windshield landing a less than two inches above the chip. Instant almost circular crack!!! Anywhere else and it would have just bounced off! Safelight fixed it no problems. Next year I may have some hickory firewood.
  3. I am about to purchase a 2016 XLT that has a sunroof. Has anyone heard of leaking issues related to this or ease of glass cracking. I am concerned because of this extra. Thank you.
  4. Yesterday
  5. 2014 TC Rear Blower Motor

    GBL, I think the Helm version is slightly better. I can tell mine (factory-manual version) has undergone some type of format conversion because there is a slight resolution loss compared to the Helm version. This is not a problem and I am satisfied with the factory-manual version but knowing the difference, I probably would have bought the Helm.
  6. Thanks for the update. Your TC looks great and has proven to be functional and reliable. I won't see 100k miles for a long time.
  7. Some of it are already well known bloopers, updated: https://www.sadanduseless.com/2018/01/car-ad-failures/ (this here is Finnish, clearly meant to be "REKKAPESU" (truck wash).
  8. Good to know, I've got the factory hitch but looks like the weight limit is more of a GVW and towing capacity issue. Don't think I'd have any problems with the Metropolitan (50cc scooter) which is 165 lbs . If carrying the scooter would probably to have any real weight in the van. For longer trips will take the seats out and put it in the back of the van. Thinking I'll use a piece of plywood to bolt down to the seat bolts on one side an then strap the scooter to the board.
  9. Winter Tire Thread

    Nokian makes very good winter tires, The Fins know how snow tires work.
  10. The bike picture is from my first trial run and just went to the gas station and back. I still had all of my catalogs and samples in the back that are at least a couple hundred pounds. When I take the bike I take all that stuff out and put my gear bag and tools in the middle of the van. I’ve never had it bottom and it doesn’t make the van wander all over the road or anything. And my hitch is rated to 500 lbs tongue weight so I’m right about half that with the weight of the hauler added to the bike.
  11. Maximum tongue weight is 200lbs and you reduce that for bike haulers because the weight is further back. Recommendation from the maker was 1/2 the rated tongue weight. You can see from the fender/tire gap that the back is sagging heavily. I wouldn't be happy driving that. JMO I've used a hauler on a heavier XR (300lbs) with a Toyota 4Runner with 750lb tongue weight capacity and you couldn't tell it was there but that was on a very hd vehicle. Does't the back end bottom on any bump?
  12. The bike is around 230 lbs. I believe the hitch is rated to 500 lbs and the van handles the weight well. For sure I wouldn’t put a ZX6r on it though. I’ve pulled two bikes on a small trailer but for one the hitch hauler is so easy.
  13. Winter Tire Thread

    Got to try out the Nokian Nordman 7's last night. They are awesome and the TC plowed right through it all. These tires took care of my starting and stopping problems I was having with the all seasons. Money well spent, and kicking myself for not doing it years ago.
  14. 2.5 breaks in

    K&N lets most dust particles past, hence not being clogged even when dirty.
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  16. Is AC tied to external temp reading?

    My second sensor Has failed,, lasted about 15 months,, Oh well, Fords better Idea will cost me another $225 as I cannot do the work myself.... On a second failure and no re-design Ford should pay for this re-repair In Full. But No, they want more money so they Engineer things like this repeating common failure.. and make no attempt to put out a permanent fix. Shame on you Ford..
  17. No two cities are exactly the same. That holds true whether you’re discussing the local food scene or homegrown musical talent, and it’s equally true when it comes to transportation. View the full article
  18. Winter Tire Thread

    Continental purecontact on my Connect, DWS Is visible in the tread and I'm headed Into winter driving conditions. I should be good,, unless I screw the pooch :P
  19. 2.5 breaks in

    I properly cleaned my K&N Filter a few weeks back, it was really dirty. The air meter/mass air flow sensor or what ever the electronics uses to regulate air Into the engine must have had plenty of air volume and little vacuum increase because my 2.5 L engine runs exactly as It did with the filthy K&N... So It must be true what K&N said, "A K&N filter that is 50% clogged can pass more air than a new OEM filter" https://www.knfilters.com/filter_facts.htm My engine has always ran smooth, strong and efficiently. It's my heavy foot and traffic that makes me burn more gas and get a bit less MPG from what some of you enjoy that are willing to drive easy. I will not drive slower or accelerate slower than traffic around me, I prefer to blend In :P
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    Welcome, it is very versatile. What attracted me was the ability to haul people or haul stuff or take seats out and haul more stuff and or camp in it. Plus it fits in my garage.
  21. Great to hear about high mileage without major issues. Like the wheels, I have the 17" and they are intricate = difficult to clean. How much does your dirt bike weigh? I've thought about hauling one of my scooters but have held off due to the young weight limit of 200 pounds (for hauling). Honda Metropolitan is only about 165 pounds and the Elite 110 is about 250 pounds. Also have a ZX6R 636 but would put it on a trailer - have an old Holsclaw 2 rail dirt bike trailer I'm rebuilding for it.
  22. For Sale: Adventure ready / 2013 Transit Connect XLT / 31k Miles Features include:-Ford SYNC- Cruise control- Tinted windows- Yakima cargo box- Lockable Yakima roof racks with round load bars- Raised sleeping platform- 10" Rigid Industries LED light bar- Van has sound deadening, insulation and custom carpeted wall panels.- 8" sub woofer under passenger seat. - Two storage bins in rear doors- Van gets mid 20s mpg in the city and high 20s on freeway- Custom Reflectix window shades for driver, passenger and front windshield.- Floor has sound deadening, insulation, 1/2" plywood subfloor and interlocking garage floor tiles.- Solar powered lights in custom wood paneled ceiling.- Comfortably sleeps 2- The bed in the back is roughly 48in wide by 78in long- Van is adventure ready, very clean and in excellent condition.- Still under manufacturers warranty and currently has 31,000 milesLocated in Orange County, CA. $17,500
  23. Ford and the Steve McQueen estate are auctioning the first new Mustang Bullitt off the factory line to benefit Chino Hills, California-based Boys Republic, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian school and treatment community for troubled youngsters. View the full article
  24. CNG transits?

    I have a 2015 transit that was cng but I removed everything, it was the Westport system. I might be willing to sell everything then you could have it installed in a new vehicle as a cheaper alternative if you found an installer that would let you bring your own parts. But I didnt think that a transit conversion would qualify for California HOV plates because it is dual fuel, and to qualify the car must be CNG dedicated fuel only. But what do I know, I live in the midwest
  25. Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety compliance recall and is expanding a safety recall for certain Takata airbag inflators in North America. View the full article
  26. New member

    Hello everyone, Just bought a White 2018 TC LX cargo. First Van I’ve owned. It is one versatile automobile. Always bought trucks, like the fact that everything gets locked up out of sight.
  27. I've had an issue with the Sync infotainment system in my 2014 TC not accepting "set time" values. Very frustrating. It's clearly a software bug, as I think I discovered a "workaround" was to change the clock from 12-hr to 24-hr, and then back to 12-hr, and then the clock can be changed. I even updated my version of sync to the latest version (a process involving downloading the firmware to a USB memory stick, and plugging that into the transit connect USB port while undergoing a special, half hour long procedure to get it to update). Based on the clock not being able to be set as expected bug, not even fixed in the latest software, I'm not impressed at all by the Microsoft sync software used in the transit connect!
  28. I hit 100k this week so I thought I'd post an update as I don't see a lot of guys that have racked up some miles post about how they are holding up. Mine has been pretty much flawless. I am a sales rep in the motorcycle industry so I needed a vehicle that could hold a lot of catalogs and samples, plus have room in the second row for two car seats for my young boys. This van has been perfect for my needs. Mine is a Titanium and I was a little nervous about how all the extra features would hold up but everything works perfectly. I have had to reset the GPS a couple times as the map would start to show me as driving like 20' off of where I actually was but the reset works great. Otherwise I had a leak in the roof right when I got it but it was just the rubber plug for the roof rack that was not installed correctly and easily fixed. I'm on my second set of tires and I think I have about 20k more left in the General's that I put on. I also did new 18" wheels when I did the tires just to make it look a little nicer. As far as servicing I do oil changes at 5k miles with synthetic and I did have the transmission serviced with amsoil I think about 70k miles. Because I burn up the miles so fast and want it to last past 200k miles I tend to over service it, but I do all the oil changes myself so the cost is pretty negligible. I am about to replace the plugs this weekend when it warms up but otherwise not much to do to it for now. I'll probably do the transmission once a year and I have to say when I changed to synthetic tranny fluid the shifts really smoothed out. I'm on windshield #2 and already have a little crack in the new one but its not spreading so thats good. I did get tint applied to the windshield that is essentially clear but makes a huge difference on heat. I already had the side windows done when I bought it but with the amount of time I spend in the seat it makes a huge difference on hot days with the gigantic windshield these things have. Still a ton of life left in the brake pads but that's mostly due to me being on the highway the vast majority of the time. I installed a hitch and put my dirt bike on the back at times and it handles it great. It's just such a flexible vehicle and I can't imagine a better setup for my work and lifestyle. I just wish we got the diesel one so I'd get a little better mileage is all.
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