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Maintenance Costs & Who Can Service TC's

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Everything about TC's sounds good but I'm wondering how much parts and maintenance are on them. I'll probably end up with an older 2013 thru 2015 TC. Do TC's need to be serviced by a dealer for the most part or can most mechanics do a lot of the work? Also, are parts expensive compared to other cargo vans? Thanks for your help. Its greatly appreciated.

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I have very little real experience with maintenance on the TC's.  Bought my 2016 in late November and it now has 1,500 miles on it!  

 

They are based on the Focus and share many parts with it.  I looked under the hood and there is a lot of room under there.  No silly engine cover with a built in (hard to get to) air cleaner like my VW's have.  Compared to a turbo New Beetly it's a dream!  The Forescan application is available for free and is a good electronic diagnosis tool that not only will read and reset codes but will do much more.  I got a USB OBD interface from Amazon for $29.99.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F0GVBWY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  Some have had difficulty with it but it worked fine for me - all I did was connect it and run the software.  For now I'm back to the dealer till the warranty runs out.  There are a couple of places that sell the full service manual.  Depending on which version (PDF or PDF with hyperlinks or CD) the cost starts at $79 I think and goes up.  I have found this board to be very helpful with questions.  

 

Therefore with Forescan, a service manual and the advice of members here it's my opinion service and repair will not be too difficult.

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Depends on where you buy your parts.  In the last 8+/- months I've purchased a set of front door latches for just shy of $700, but I also bought a valve cover gasket from my local auto parts store for $21 (Ford dealer wanted $42).  My brake rotors are $35 each from the auto parts store.  So not too bad.  Besides the latches, an issue not everyone has, I haven't had to spend much on my 2010....  And yes, you can take it anywhere you want.  

 

I really like my '10, but if someone were to ask me what year to buy, I'd definitely tell them to get the later generation with the V6.  My 4 cylinder is a dog

The V6 gets much better fuel economy, or so I've read.  

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If you are prone to self service and you get a reasonable scanner then the TC is not hard to service there are plenty of after market parts.  The TC has as many annoying jobs as do most newer cars. 

Some of the tasks are easy some are hard. 

V-6 where do you get one of those?

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20 hours ago, Timbo said:

I really like my '10, but if someone were to ask me what year to buy, I'd definitely tell them to get the later generation with the V6.  My 4 cylinder is a dog

The V6 gets much better fuel economy, or so I've read.  

Which 'generation' comes with a V6???

 

2014 through 2018 still has a 4 cylinder, but with a much better 6 speed transmission and yes, they are both peppier and get better mileage

 

Don

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Hey if you find a V-6 I am in!

I have read that the 2019 is going to have a Diesel and a 2.0 liter Direct Injection Gas with more speeds in the Trans .  The trans is suppose to Reduce the effect of the power loss. They seem to be going the wrong way.

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2 hours ago, G B L said:

The trans is suppose to Reduce the effect of the power loss. They seem to be going the wrong way.

 

Use of a transmission is a clear sign of a weak engine.

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34 minutes ago, mrtn said:

 

Use of a transmission is a clear sign of a weak engine.

Actually, it just means that your 'engine' doesn't have it's max torque where you need it  -  Namely to get you moving away from a standing stop

 

Steam engines and electric motors don't require multiple speed transmissions because the same ratio that gets you moving from a standing stop is also the ratio you'll be using to go 75 mph, so no shifting is needed

 

In my electric cars the motor is permanently connected to the wheels with a 7 to 1 ratio gear reduction  -  No clutches or any other gears necessary . . . . reverse the motor rotation to back up, so no reverse gear either.  Plenty of power from a standing stop (where the electric motor has max torque) and still enough revs for the freeway because the motor is limited at 10,000 RPM

 

Don

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The car companies seem to be  using the number of speeds as part of the marketing strategy's.

Electric motors are very good for traction motor service .  The fuel capacity issue is the major hold up in the electric car progress.

 

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On 3/6/2018 at 3:11 PM, G B L said:

I have read that the 2019 is going to have a Diesel and a 2.0 liter Direct Injection Gas with more speeds in the Trans .  The trans is suppose to Reduce the effect of the power loss.

Yes, a 1.5 liter turbo diesel mated to an 8 speed trans

 https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-vans/2019-ford-transit-connect-cargo-van-first-look/ar-BBJX8E8?ocid=spartandhp

 

Don

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Wait.....  The newer TC still has a 4 cylinder engine??  I was misinformed!  

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Ford is trying to keep the Mileage up for the Transit Connect .  A performance version is not in the Cards.

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Yes, but '19 also sees a manual transmission version on the North American market. I see I ordered mine too early...

 

GK

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Depends upon your perspective. I drove 2WD 4-cylinder Nissan Frontiers for 25 years - one a manual and the next two with automatics. They were pretty anemic and managed 25 mpg average only with very conservative driving. My TC feels like a hot rod in comparison, with passing power the Nissans could only dream about. I also really love the TC's handling. I now average about 27.5 mpg, with 13,000 miles - with no thought as to how I drive it. The most useful vehicle I have ever owned for both my business (Artist) and my personal use.

 

Dislikes:

Road noise is pretty bad on anything but really smooth surfaces.

Voice controlled audio system sucks.

Can be a lot of door rattles that sometimes can not be eliminated.

DIY oil changes are just too much trouble. This old guy now just takes it to the dealer. Luckily, with modern lubes, they aren't required that often.

The Vista-view windows are really grand but the low windshield really takes a beating and doesn't take long to become completely pitted.

 

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Yeah, tcc, I'm also coming from a small pickup & I saw all of the above when I rented a FTC. Road noise I attributed to renting a freight van & I've bought a wagon. My B3000 runs 12,5 litres / 100km, the rented breadbox ran 9,0 so I can invest the 29% I'm saving on fuel in the windshield washer fluid. Damn, I've never seen such a thirst for blue kool-aid!

 

I also had a Ford Focus for a day, with the full sync3 sound. Any audio system that requires you to mess around with a touch-screen for 20 seconds in order to change radio stations has no place in a car. (I wouldn't even tolerate that in my living room, donchaknow...)

 

GK

 

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On 3/6/2018 at 7:04 AM, G B L said:

If you are prone to self service and you get a reasonable scanner then the TC is not hard to service there are plenty of after market parts.  The TC has as many annoying jobs as do most newer cars. 

Some of the tasks are easy some are hard. 

V-6 where do you get one of those?

 

There is currently 2 post on Craigslist in my area for 2015-16 TCs with 6 cyl engines (for sale by owner). To paraphrase MRTN in another thread: "Dummies".

     

     " 6 cylinder (good power but also good fuel economy)
      Factory warranty until Dec 2018"

 

I don't think I would even deal with someone who cannot count to four when they open the hood.

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Hey check them out  a V-6 would be really Cool,  I am In:thumbsup:

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