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  1. donuts

    14+ battery longevity

    The battery on my 2017 XL cargo van was replaced under warranty last week. 12500 miles, vehicle was put into service 05 2018 so it sat on the dealer lot (in AZ) for a little under 1.5 years when I bought it. Failure was sudden, van wouldn't start without jumper battery and it wouldn't hold a charge. Overnight it would drop to 10.5 v so I'm pretty sure one of the cells went bad.
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    Fuel Mileage

    Got home from the long road trip last Thursday and tallied up my fuel and miles info. Total miles: 6879 Total fuel: 285 gallons Overall fuel economy: 24.14 MPG Best tank: 27 MPG Worst tank: 21.5 MPG Avg price of fuel: $2.55/gal Lowest price of fuel: $2.159 (outside Tulsa OK) Highest price of fuel: $3.199 (Van Horn TX) Calculations were on actual usage - miles on trip ODO / gallons of fuel put in tank Overall performance of the van was excellent. Was able to carry a lot of stuff in good comfort with ZERO issues. Both the trip headed east and heading back west were very high temperatures ranging from 93 to 102 degrees. Next time I take a long trip like this in the van I'll likely remove my roof rack cross bars to see if they have much impact on fuel economy. Joe PS: Best decision ever: adding factory cruise control (steering wheel with CC buttons + Forscan)
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    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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    Fuel Mileage

    The long days are coming to a close. Should be under 500 miles today, heading up to DE via the bay bridge tunnel. Then no more (really) long days until the trip back west to AZ in the middle of August. I forgot my OBD adapter so I can test the tranny temp etc. Nickels - around town (my normal driving) I get 17 or so. This trip will more than double the miles I had on my 17 TC.
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    Fuel Mileage

    Day 3 done. 606.3 miles, 24.684 gallons of gas for 24.56mpg. It's was in the 80s today and not much sun as we travelled from Jackson MS to Gastonia NC. We're just ahead of the hurricane. Speeds were 99% below 80 with some slow construction zones. I'd say the average was 74mph. Speed seems to be the biggest impact on the MPGs
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    Fuel Mileage

    Ha Ha, no crazy road trip stories Fifty, and nothing too interested seen on the road yet. Just missed a 5 gallon bucket go rolling across the interstate when I was going 85 or so in West Texas yesterday. Other interesting thing was temp drop from 102 to 70 in a matter of minutes during rain storm yesterday, also in West Texas. Day 2 done. 669.5 miles, 29.191 gallons of gas for 22.94 mpg. It's was in the 90s today, as high as 99 but not for long. Air was switched between max cold and one click above (w/outside air) as needed. Speeds were 5-15 mph slower today.
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    Fuel Mileage

    Day 1 done. 735.8 miles, 33 gallons of gas for 22.3 mpg. It's was close to or above 100 degrees outside for the entire trip. For a really long time the outside temp seemed stuck on 102. Air was on max inside. Speeds were fast since I was on i-10 and then i-20 which was 80 speed limit most of the time. There was a 10+ mile section of traffic that was under 15 mph. There was also section of heavy rain for maybe 10 miles. Each fill up was within couple tenths mpg. Maybe I should remove my roof cross bars... Overall though the van handles the high speed, winds, rain, trucks, etc very well.
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    Fuel Mileage

    My '17 LWB XL van is used only around town in my handyman business. I bought it new early May 2018 and right now July 2019 It has a mere 5300 miles on it even though I drive it 7 days a week. I haven't checked the fuel economy in some time but my base info screen usually shows something like 275-300 miles/tank. Tomorrow we're headed off on a trip cross country from the north edge of Tucson to go see our families back on the east coast. Round trip miles will be 6000-7000. Heading east across the south - I-10 to I-20 so I'll be able to enjoy the 80 MPH speed limits in West Texas tomorrow. I'll do my best to keep track of miles covered and how much fuel I put in at each fill up. Oil is fresh Mobil 1 synthetic 5w20 at 5000 miles. Tires are original and all properly inflated. I'd say we have a medium load of "stuff" going on this trip, only a fraction of the tools I normally carry. Joe
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    Upgrade instrument cluster 2016

    WOW, just checked out that ebay listing Beta Don mentioned: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Speedometer-Cluster-MPH-ID-DT1T-10849-UCC-Fits-14-TRANSIT-CONNECT-1128974/192803763664?hash=item2ce3fff5d0:g:AJsAAOSwa1hcS4g9 Check out the photos of the wrecked TC. That front end is mashed in good. Looks like they engineered the crumple zone really well. Gap to the front door still looks good even though the front end is crushed in to roughly 2/3 the original size, maybe close to 1/2.
  10. I have no affiliation with this ad, I just happened to notice it on Tucson Craigslist. 2015 Transit Connect XLT van 50k miles w/front end damage getting parted out. Looks like lots of good parts available. Van appears to be in Fresno. https://tucson.craigslist.org/ptd/d/fresno-parting-this-very-clean-2015/6921345883.html
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    Recommendations on Sun Shades (2014)

    I have this one - Intro Tech roll up - for my 2017. I live in southern AZ and it's a must here. It's one year old and works fine, no signs of falling apart from the blazing summer sun. Covers the entire windshield very well. https://www.autoanything.com/driving-accessories/60A4065A0A0.aspx I have a cargo van version with no rear view mirror but they didn't have an option to get it without the mirror cut out. It doesn't seem affect the shade. Joe
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    I'd bet the dealer service people didn't actually update the BCM like they say they did. Mine was built weeks before the BCM change and I've yet to take it to the dealer to get the BCM updated. I'm just living with the stupid approach lights since I don't use my van for camping. BTW, do you know about the turn signal stalk trick to turn the lights off once they are on with the door open? I think you push the stalk forward until it beeps, then push it again to turn the lights off. Only trouble with this fix is that you have to do it every time a door is opened.
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    speed limiter

    I'd try a different dealer. Pretty sure this can be done using Forscan if you want to invest in a OBDII adapter and some time learning how to use the software.
  14. My wife bought this sweet TC for me at Home Depot yesterday. I think she said it was 69 cents.
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    Drivers seat side trim broken?

    Sounds like mine minus the power seat controls. It's the side plastic piece that faces the door, basically the lowest trim piece on door side of the seat. Same deal on mine - it broke away at the front, otherwise the trim is still attached. If I weren't so tired I'd go take a photo... Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not as I plan to hit the bourbon (and the FOOD) for Thanksgiving.
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    Drivers seat side trim broken?

    I've got the same problem with the broken driver seat trim. My '17 XL LWB Van has less than 3k miles and was purchased new in early May 2018 so it's still under warranty. Just haven't had the time to take it to a dealer yet. I do have a few things on my list: - BCM update to turn off approach mode lighting - Driver seat trim broken - Sun visors don't stay tight to the headliner and bounce around all the time
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    Windshield sun visors

    The windshield sun visors in my '17 TC van don't sit tight to the underside of the shelf when they are folded up. I would call them floppy or limp. They stay up but they are always moving a little as I drive. Anyone else have this problem? I did some searching but didn't notice any other complaints. The dealer I bought from is ~50 miles away and the nearest dealer is ~20 miles so I haven't had a chance to ask them.
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    Ford of Canada NONservice

    In the US owner's manual for my '17 van it shows where the recovery hook is stored but it also says it may or may not come with one based on the requirements of the country in which the vehicle is sold. It further states that if your vehicle doesn't come with a recovery hook, you can purchase one from your dealer. Here it is from the online HTML version of the owner's manual: TOWING POINTS  WARNING The screw-in recovery hook has a left-hand thread. Turn it counterclockwise to install it. Make sure that the recovery hook is fully tightened. Failure to do so could result in the recovery hook becoming loose. Recovery Hook Due to requirements in some countries, your vehicle may have a recovery hook. Recovery Hook Storage If your vehicle has a recovery hook, it will be in the luggage compartment on the left-hand side. If your vehicle does not have a recovery hook, you can purchase one from an authorized dealer. Front Recovery Hook Remove the cover and install the recovery hook. Rear Recovery Hook Remove the cover and install the recovery hook. Note: If your vehicle has a tow bar, you cannot install the recovery hook. Use the tow bar to tow other vehicles.
  19. I had some time today to poke around in Forscan while connected to my van. I found 1 useful thing and one I wish was useful. 1. I could set my locking to one step unlock so I don't need to press the remote unlock button twice to unlock all doors. I already had this following the instructions in the owner's manual, but if I disconnected the battery or used Forscan, I lost it and had to repeat it. Now it's my default for one click unlock. 2. Approach lights - this is the one I wish worked. I can change the setting but it does nothing and this is because my van was built 2 weeks before the date they started using the updated BCM firmware. This is going to take a trip to the dealer... and some luck getting them to make the change. I tried various other settings and they didn't do anything. One in the Instrument Panel Control was digital speedometer. I turned it on and when I drove the vehicle I still didn't have a digital speedometer so I set it back to the default. This is with the base cluster so maybe that has something to do with it. Oh, in the Trailer module (I have factory trailer package) it has a bunch of settings for LED lights. I don't have a trailer at the moment so I didn't do any testing. The settings for the LEDs were all set to No from the factory.
  20. I have a 2017 Transit Connect cargo van, LWB XL, no cruise control. I got it new back in May, got a great deal since they had 2 of them sitting on the lot. I've been thinking about adding the Rostra 250-9635 cruise control unit: http://www.rostra.com/manuals/250-9635_Form5506A.pdf Looks pretty simple. Found posts regarding adding similar unit to the Transit van and it confirmed how easy it should be to install. Anyone one here add one of these to a Transit Connect? Thanks.
  21. Anyone who comes across this thread - jrm223 was correct, you can easily add factory cruise control to a TC that came without it. See details in the following thread - be sure to go back and read the whole thread there is a bunch of useful info there:
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    Rear License Plate Screw / Bolt Size???

    Luckily mine came with the correct screws from the dealer holding the dealer frame and paper plate on. Here in AZ we don't have front plates so I have no holes or bracket in the front bumper. My last car, a Totota, came with the front plate bracket and screws in a bag by the spare tire. This one came with nothing else - at least I haven't found anything else - maybe it's with the spare tire which I should drop and inspect. A couple weeks ago I ordered the following $10 front plate holder and used it to move my rear plate up closer to the lights. It worked perfect - used the factory screws to mount it to the vehicle and then used the included Torx screws to mount my plate. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RIVG814/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  23. A couple more details to share: 1. With the base cluster, the extra buttons on the steering wheel shown in the photo I posted above do nothing. I need to poke around Forscan when I've got more time to see if there is anything I can change to get the buttons to do something. 2. Earlier in this thread I questioned whether or not it would be possible to add the cruise control switch "pod" to my base steering wheel. After comparing steering wheels, I'm pretty certain that would be a big PITA. However, if you love a challenge, I'm sure it's possible, though you might need to break out the Dremel. 3. The steering wheel I used (from a 2014, not a 2015 as I said above) does not have the audio control buttons so I still don't know if I had those buttons whether or not they could control the base AM/FM radio. Feel free to contact me with any questions on this fairly simple upgrade.
  24. Cruise Control is working! This was done with a 2017 TC XL LWB Van + steering wheel from a 2015 XLT Wagon. Step 1 add steering wheel with cruise control switches. I used one that was definitely from a Transit Connect. I have no idea what other Ford model steering wheels will fit. I used my original airbag. Swapping the steering wheel is simple and no wheel puller was needed - mine practically fell off in my lap. Step 2 purchase OBDLink MX Bluetooth adapter and pair it with Windows laptop. My laptop has bluetooth built in. Step 3 Windows Laptop with Forscan installed. I used Windows 10 with Forscan version 2.3.18 beta with extended license installed. Step 4 Make changes using Forscan. This is a little scary at first, but it's easy: a. Connect to car - there are many tutorials on this. b. Go to configuration "tab" on left, the icon looks like a computer chip. c. Go to each of the modules that have "as built" in their names, start the service procedure, and use the "Save all" button to save your original configs. Do each module one by one and save each one with a different DESCRIPTIVE name just in case you need to go back to your original config. d. Go to the BCM (Body Control Module) that includes Central Configuration in the name and start the service procedure - you need to be connected to the internet for this. It will pop up a warning box about downloading and installing a secondary boot loader to do this and it's not safe. THIS IS WHY YOU SPEND EXTRA $ ON THE OBDLink MX. Go ahead and follow the prompts including turning off the ignition as it tells you. e. Once all of that is done, you will see all of the parameters in the Central Config for your vehicle. SOME MAY BE WRONG - mine said I have diesel engine and then the next line fuel type is listed as Petrol. Scroll down and find Cruise Control, click the edit item button, pull down and choose "With cruise control". f. Click the write button. g. Follow the prompts and cycle the ignition as requested. Voila you now have working cruise control.