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  1. Fifty150

    Transit Connect top speed?

    Some cars have a "happy place" where everything is optimal. The car is moving just fast enough to get sufficient airflow and the fan doesn't turn on. Engine and transmission are at the best temperature, and you get the best mileage. The car seems to hold and cruise effortlessly. I think the Transit Connect does that around 50 mph, just as it shifts into overdrive. No more than 55. The RPM is right under 2,000. And even Highway Patrol officers will tell you to speed up or get off the freeway. There's a moving violation for "Impeding the Flow of Traffic".
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    4,000 Miles

    You could obsess over it with trying to decide on the perfect oil brand & formulation. Install a Fumoto valve, and then send in a sample for used oil analysis every 500 miles. Buy an $80 tool to cut open the $3 filter. Then definitively select the perfect oil, filter, and oil change interval based on hundreds of dollars worth of "science" and "research". I'm gritting my teeth. Conventional wisdom from decades past old technology. 3 months. 3,000 miles. They have brainwashed me. I am clawing my eyes out, as I await the oil change dash message. I've got 3 cases of filters and 100 quarts of oil stockpiled. Every day, I pick up my 15 mm socket, already attached to the ratchet handle, give it a few turns to hear the clicks, and feel the heft in my hand. Maybe I need to find a new girlfriend.
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    Newbie

    A Honda Grom would probably be perfect.
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    Front seat swivel/reverse/flip for Gen2 FTC?

    Look at the other photos. That center console just sits between the seats, so you can't get to the parking brake. The passenger seat in the forward facing position makes it appear that it is impossible to turn and swivel 180 degrees. Who knows what the guy really did. But he did do a lot of work. Solar panel. A toilet. Microwave. It sure looks like a lot of effort, trying to do more with the van, than most other people. Even with the bungee cord to keep the microwave from sliding off the shelf, and his face next to the toilet when he lays down.........it's better than my van with a yoga mat and a sleeping bag. As I have get up to go pee a good distance away from the van. I want pee and poop at least 50 feet away, and buried.
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    Front seat swivel/reverse/flip for Gen2 FTC?

    There are some problems with that photo. That is not a rear facing, swivel seat custom ordered from a dealership. Look at the center console. That armrest and cup holder combination came from some other car. It's actually sitting on the driver's seat. The OEM console has been removed and there are wires hanging out. The OEM seat belt is still on the B-Pillar, with no way whatsoever to buckle it across the passenger's body. The entire seat back obstructs the passenger side door mirror. I can only guess at what an airbag activation would do. You can form your own opinions. I think the guy unbolted the seat, flipped it around to face backwards, and bolted it back on. I can see that it's not functional or safe in any way. And if there is a swivel, it only has 1 inch to turn in either direction. No big deal if he has no passengers. Since the camping build out isn't safe for passengers to ride in either. As a solo camping van, it's probably great for 1 person. A lot of work went into that van. It looks like it's very cozy to live in.
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    Convert 2010 TC from Cargo to passenger?

    There are aftermarket seats and jump seats which have built in seat belts and headrest. A lot of options. But you will have to decide for yourself if it is safe. Your state's vehicle code may have something to say about it also. But as for function, they will all be functional once you have measured and factored in your available space.
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    SHO Wheels on a '16 TC

    My strategy is to wait until the price goes down, or there is some sort of promotion with discounting. Surely, there must be some sort of holiday coupon coming up. Very difficult to find aftermarket wheels with exact, or close to OEM, specifications. I just don't want to buy wheels which are an inch or more wider in diameter, an inch or more wider, or with backspace & offset being another inch off.
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    SHO Wheels on a '16 TC

    What do you guys think of these wheels? https://www.summitracing.com/parts/jnt-aly10010u20n/applications Jante Replacement Wheels ALY10010U20N Wheel Diameter 16 in. (16) Wheel Bolt Pattern (app) 5 x 108mm (8) 5 x 4 1/4 in. (8) Primary Wheel Color Silver (16) Offset +50.00mm (16) Year 2018 (14) 2017 (14) 2016 (12) 2015 (10) Wheel Width (in) 7.000 in. (16) Wheel Material Aluminum (16) Wheel Finish Gloss (16) Make FORD
  9. On what part of the vehicle, do you want to mount the spare?
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    Are these factory lug nuts?

    So just to recap..... M12 X 1.5 thread pitch 60 degree conical seat OEM lug nut should fit most aftermarket wheels which are lug centric and require a 60 degree conical seat. Don't let wheel & tire shops & installers sell you a new lug kit, as your OEM will work just fine with most aftermarket wheels.
  11. You should also be eligible for Amazon A-To-Z Guarantee.
  12. Get a different quote. Go to an independent shop which doesn't have tv commercials, and layers of people above the installer who all need to be paid from his labor.
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    Ford Transit Custom PHEV

    All electric will give the best power & torque. Full time all-wheel-drive, with a separate motor at each drive wheel, could be the best design for everything from racing, to military. High torque electric motor with output shaft directly attached to each wheel. Computers can control which wheel to spin and which wheel to slow or even stop. Batteries along the bottom of car will provide for a low center of gravity; which will allow even high profile trucks to have better weight distribution and handle better. The engineering challenge is how to power those electric motors. How long will the batteries take to charge, versus how much use that charge is good for. That's where our technology hasn't quite caught up. Obviously, we are spoiled with filling up a gas tank in a few minutes, then having a range of 300+ miles. A diesel or gasoline powered generator to charge the batteries is out. The generator would consume more fuel per mile, in order to create enough power to charge a battery, and then delivery that power to the wheel. You would continue to pollute the air, plus, pollute more air per mile. Solar panel technology is not yet able to create enough energy, as the motors would consume more electricity, and faster than the panels could produce. Fast charging technology is getting better, as well as battery technology. But we still can't travel for 5 hours with a 5 minute fillup. For what we have in technology, electric cars do fill a niche. For some people, they are perfect. Electric fork lifts and golf cars have been around for a very long time. And now, electric cars have been working out for a lot of people. I just wish that I could work an electric car into my drive cycle. Real world circumstances prohibit me from using current electric vehicle technology. I live in an apartment and park on the street. I have no access to plug in charging. I drive around all day, and the time & mileage limit per charge would not last for my daily use. I take road trips up & down the state, and across state lines. Long distance trips are not as easy to plan, as you have to travel from charging station to charging station, and plan a lot of down time for charging. .....and I've really got to wonder if anyone has tried to take a Tesla SUV offroad, or on a 2 week long hunting & fishing trip? In my mind, I'm trying to factor in bringing a diesel generator, and how much diesel fuel I'll need. I can only imagine running that generator all night, in the woods, while camping and having to sleep next to it. What does a generator need? 1 gallon per hour of run time? How much diesel will I need for an overnight 10 hour charge?
  14. Fifty150

    interested in buying

    At 250,000 - 300,000 miles, what condition do you expect it to be at? What condition is any used car with that many miles. All the wear items have been worn. You, the next owner, will be chasing overdue maintenance and repair items. At 25,000 miles, it's already "broken in". If you are serious about buying a used car, with high mileage, then consider what the repair cost will be to maintain it and keep it running. You are essentially paying for all of the use that the 1st owner got out of it. Maintenance on the Transit Connect isn't all that much better or worse. Usual items will require attention after 250,000 miles. Brakes. Batteries. Water pump. Thermostat. Belts. Hoses. et cetera. The engine could be maintained and tuned up. The big concern is the transmission...... Key is "high mileage". High mileage any kind of car, you don't know what condition it's really in. You can't see inside of the engine or transmission. You just have to weigh the cost of purchase, versus potential cost of ownership. Price it out. What would a new engine cost? What would a new transmission cost? Is it worth it to you, to buy a $10,000 used car; which may cost $5,000 in repairs? Fluid can be added with a funnel through the vent port. The cap lifts off easily. The drain plug makes a transmission service just about as easy as an oil change. Several forum members are performing the transmission service themselves. As a do-it-yourselfer, the drain plug on the bottom of the transmission case makes this car a lot easier to work on than the old fashion method of dropping the pan. There is no pan to drop, as the transmission case splits in half vertically. As for service interval, that's where I've heard a lot of different numbers. My local dealership says 30,000 miles, use the dealership flush machine. FordTechMakULoco on his youtube channel says 30,000 miles, but he doesn't really recommend doing just a drain & fill, or a triple drain & fill. I've also heard 25,000 miles. Then there are people who say to drain & fill at every oil change. I recommend the 3X drain & fill, as I don't like the idea of driving around with contaminated fluid, when you don't have to. The factory service procedure is a triple drain & fill.
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