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  2. Eddy Kilowatt

    Fuel Mileage

    Yeah, I don't do #1 or #3 at all, and not to much of #2.
  3. Double Nickels

    FORD DPS6 TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS

    That dual clutch transmission was known to be bad, and Ford sold them anyway. I don't understand that. This could turn into a lemon law buyback, like Chevy had with that defective small car they sold. The Explorer, Escape, Transit Connect, Edge, Taurus.....have different versions of a transmission jointly developed by GM and Ford. Mixed results. No obvious consistent defect. But a lot of wear and tear is causing failure with fleet use. For light usage, with more service intervals, they are working okay. Just don't drive it 24 hours aroun the clock or chase anyone with lights and sirens. Change the lifetime fluid every 30,000 miles.
  4. Great work WindGuy. Your van looks tailored.
  5. Double Nickels

    Fuel Mileage

    That's incredible. Your mileage stays above 25. Mine is consistently under. My E250 company car, with a 4.6L V8, gets 15 - 17 consistently. When I first got a Transit Connect, I was really disappointed. But I also understand that short trips, city traffic, and extended idling to keep the air conditioning running kills my mileage.
  6. Eddy Kilowatt

    Fuel Mileage

    2015 with the 2.5, here's my stats for this year. Approx equal mix of town, country, and freeway driving; I set the cruise to 70 on the freeway. Like GBL says, the laws of physics are not subject to the whims of fashion.
  7. Don Ridley

    Those Attractive Interior Panels

    Welcome. The volume and utility of the SWB is underappreciated. Nice choice.
  8. UAW and Ford executives shake hands today at Ford World Headquarters to begin negotiations for the 2019 contract. View the full article
  9. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and Ford Motor Credit Company will release their 2019 second quarter financial results at 4:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 24. View the full article
  10. G B L

    Fuel Mileage

    The speed and wind drag has always been the most important factor in fuel mileage . It is nice to see that the physics has not changed even if the world seems to have come off the rails.
  11. G B L

    Those Attractive Interior Panels

    Very Nice
  12. Amish Soldier

    Those Attractive Interior Panels

    Bought it new. Ordered it in February as a '19. They flipped it to a '20. Got VIN from dealer and tracked it here: https://shop.ford.com/vehicleordertracking#/ . In production 5/15/19. Awaiting shipment 5/22/10. In Transit 20 days. Dealer delivery 7/11/19. Here are some pics. XLT SWB with privacy glass and slider/rear windows. If you squint your eyes could almost pass for an Amish buggy: And as an added bonus: Lunch. Rare pizza MRE from my Air Force son for fathers day.
  13. Windguy, That's a sweet setup. Exactly what I was thinking about doing. I don't need the hanging rack, but I want to add a insulated ceiling, likely plastic that I can flush mount the led light strips to and have them switchable like yours. Thank you for sharing.
  14. zalienz

    FORD DPS6 TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS

    Dude, dream on. The DPS6 is definitely defective in design. Read the emails from Ford engineers stating that software calibrations could not be made to make the vehicle driveable. The DPS6 was used in Fiesta and Focus models with a dual dry clutch design. Police use Explorers and Edge primarily, they use a different trans, as does the Gen 2 TC. I'm not clear on the Gen 1 TC.
  15. Beta Don

    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    Anyone with a 2014 or '15 who wants to do the Instrument Cluster Upgrade, I've found what may be a real bargain Check out eBay auction #183875395861. This is a Titanium TC which should have the upgraded IPC (Don R ran the VIN & says it *should be* correct) . . . . but they don't have a picture of the cluster, nor the part number for it in the auction. They say it only has 15,000 miles on it and the price is $79 OBO with free shipping, so maybe they'd take $65 or so for it. I would contact the seller first and see if they will send you a picture of it and/or the part number from the back of the IPC. If the part number ends in -Uxx, it's the correct one and if the picture shows the larger screen and the chrome trim around the speedo and tach, it's also the correct one. Good luck . . . . this is a super price for a very hard to find part. Hope someone on the forum gets it!! Don
  16. I just swapped out the stock set of 16" steelies and tires (Continental ProContact TX) and they are now for sale. It's all 4 rims, tires & hubcaps (mounted and balanced from the factory) with the TPMS sensors still inside. They are as perfect as you would expect from a vehicle that is almost 2 months old (bought: 5/28)....with 4700 miles. You can Google a 2019 LWB Cargo model to see the hubcap style or email me for pics. I am in Fairfield County Connecticut and willing to drive a reasonable distance to meet up. I will NOT SHIP them and for now they're being sold only as a complete set. Asking $550 picked up.
  17. Last week
  18. Mtx75transit

    How’d y’all

    Ordered a passenger shaft and intermediate shaft, gets here tomorrow. still fiddling with pedals
  19. Fifty150

    FORD DPS6 TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS

    The 6 speed transmission is weak. But not defective in design. I see a lot of police cars in the dealership with transmissions out. The 6 speed transmission does fail under severe duty and pursuit. There's an upgraded cooler. There are different calibrations for shift strategy. But probably not much different internally. A police car could log a lot of hard miles in a year.
  20. @amish soldier and Zalienz - I share the same sentiments about the cargo light. I too paid extra for the LED version. No switch and having it stay on for 10 minutes after I close the door was too much for me. Plus in my case, the location wasn't optimal. As posted earlier, I took the cargo light out and later put up a side panel covering that spot. I installed four LED lights wired together and can control them with two switches. I have a hanging rack in my van but you can easily mount these lights in other locations. The lights come with two sided tape and a pair of brackets with a single screw each. One switch located in the left rear. The second on the driver's side slider on the right side of the panel. The switches are not wired as a 3-way setup, which wasn't really necessary for my use but there are some times when I could have used that option. I really like having the ability to control the lights from two locations. The amount of light seems just about right for my needs. Nothing fancy but very practical. Link below for the LED lights I got. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CJ634KK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  21. Just read an article on MSN linked below about the problems with this transmission. Sounds like a nightmare. Anyone else been following this? Glad the Gen 2 TC has a different transmission = 6F35. Not sure what the Gen 1 model has. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/ford-knew-focus-fiesta-had-flawed-transmission-sold-them-anyway/ar-AAEb0x6
  22. I have the same LED lamp. My only complaint is I wish there was a manual on-off switch. Otherwise, it has been a great option for me, bright and useful loading in musical gear late at night after a gig. I have to close and open the door again after it times out. I may go forward with aftermarket LED lights that can be switched on & off, there are many options available. Search LED cargo lights on Amazon.
  23. Beta Don

    Dobby my 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT(soon to be camper lol)

    If you can find the space for them, the biggest bang for your buck in 'house' batteries is a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries wired in series for 12 volts. They will provide about 200 amp hours and conservatively discharging them to 50% gives you 100 amp hours of 'usable' power - That would power your ice maker for several hours and would probably run your ventilation fan for a week or more. They do make AGM golf cart batteries which contain no liquid acid and are not vented, but they are expensive. You can mount them anywhere you can find a suitable nook though because you never have to check the water level in them. I've used golf cart batteries and other 6 volt batteries (primarily L-16's, which are 'double' golf cart sized) in sailboats for many years and they are an excellent power source for inverters when the engine isn't running. I have a 750 watt inverter in my TC which is powered off the engine battery, but I did replace the small starting battery with a larger AGM battery Don
  24. Mtx75transit

    How’d y’all

    Trans is from 2007 Focus
  25. donuts

    Those Attractive Interior Panels

    I rolled satin black on my panels the day after I bought it last year. They've taken a minor beating and generally look as good as they did the day I painted them and no clear coat. I didn't even sand them. I just blue taped over the warning stickers or whatever they are and then painted. Came out so good I sometimes forget how ugly they were originally. I have a factory window on the passenger side sliding door and it did not come with the mesh protector ('17). I'm thinking about getting a set of mesh protectors especially for my rear doors without windows to protect the body panel since it's one layer where the window would be. Plus, it would give me a nice surface to hang various hardware, bungees etc.
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