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Keep your loads distributed equally and drive over most of the pot holes and not through them. I am pretty impressed so far with the way the truck handles itself driving over some pretty bad roads. might need things like brakes more often but it should hold up fine. Keeping my fingers crossed
Be consistent with your fluid changes , stay on top of that suspension and air pressure and I am certain it will. I have been driving econolines the last 32 years and they never let me down. Of course I am hoping that this little guy follows in big brothers footsteps.
Thanks for the input. I am certain that once I can get the vehicle past the stop and go 0 to 30 mph New York City service call routine scenario the mileage will increase dramatically, I just would have liked to seen something a little better for total all out city driving.
Just started driving my new ford transit connect about three weeks ago. I received it from the dealer with about 210 miles on it and drove it till until it was almost empty. once I filled it up it's second time I was hoping to get the 20 or so miles per gallon it had listed for city driving. It has about 200 lbs of parts and tools in it and after 2 weeks of all city driving with the air conditioner on low it had averaged 12 to 13 miles per gallon. The transit was driven with the o/d off most of the time and the tach rarely reached 2500 rpm. Should the vehicle not have been babied so much and been driven a little more aggressively in order to keep the torque curve and engine rpm up? the reason why I chose this vehicle was because I thought it would be a major improvement over my 2001 ford E250 straight six in terms of fuel cost. although I am getting nearly twice the miles per gallon that I had gotten with the E250 12 to 13 is no where near the estimated figure given by the car maker. any thoughts would be appreciated. Will keep my hopes up and will try different driving techniques in the interim. Other than that I think the car is built solid offers a commanding view of the road and is great at squeezing itself into narrow passages. any chance that ford might come out with a diesel version.