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  1. davidparker

    Hello from Florida!

    Congrats on the new toy!
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    Rallycross a Transit Connect? Yup

    Definitely the nicest looking vehicle out there. Of course we might be a little biased.
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    Roof Rail Help

    This might help.
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    Overhead aircraft style storage with doors

    Check this post. @Tully Kieys has a link to the console part. https://fordtransitconnectforum.com/topic/7307-introducing-myself-and-a-camper/?tab=comments#comment-26602
  5. Check the rear shock absorbers. The bushings or even the shocks may be worn out. But it does sound like a bushing somewhere in the rear suspension.
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    New member!

    I get a small delay when backing up. In my case I think it is a solenoid triggering. But nothing like a surge.
  7. @tp_connectic there are a couple of makers of swing out/tilting bike racks that attach to a tow hitch that will work with the lift gate. Might be a solution for you. https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Reese/63124.html
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    remove interior wheel well covers

    Congrats! I wish I had the sliding door window! And although I like my white, there are a LOT of white vans out there.
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    2018 XLT- Reverse camera question

    You could add a second camera and monitor. They are relatively cheap. I added one to look out the side of my cargo van, total cost was about $200.
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    Another Newbie coming aboard

    Welcome! I'm sure you will find plenty of useful info here.
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    2018 XLT- Reverse camera question

    In my '18 owners manual, it says there is a setting for turning on the Rear Camera Delay. It says the camera will stay on until the vehicle reaches 5.0 mph. But, I haven't tried it yet.
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    Gen 2 Steelies

    I haven't like the hubcaps on my 2018 XLT, since the day I bought it. (They reminded me of snowflakes!). So after a little bit of research, I decide to go with center caps and possibly trim rings. Originally, I was going to go with black wheels, but it looked too much like a cop car. I still haven't decided on the trim rings. But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
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    SHO Wheels on a '16 TC

    Man that is hard to beat for the money! Very nice!
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    I hate drum brakes!

    Well, I guess the good news is you probably will never have to change them again!
  15. So, I finally gave into the voices in my head and bought a 2018 TC Van LWB XLT. I had been driving a 2001 Toyota Tundra 4wd pickup. But I moved from the Midwest to South Carolina and a black 4WD pickup was not working in a crowed southern city where it gets really hot, rains daily, doesn't snow and has no parking. Hmm, you probably already are nodding your head. So here are my first impressions after about 2 weeks. PROS: - I really like the maneuverability. Although its the LWB, which I've read is not quite as easy to maneuver as the SWB, this is WAY better than a full size pickup. -Talk about room, man this thing is big on the inside. It makes me feel small driving it. I already have a lot of stuff in it and still have room. I think I'm going the like the LWB for that. -Very comfortable to drive. OK, it's not a Cadillac, but it is every bit as comfortable and my old pickup. I really like the telescoping steering. I'm 6ft, and with most vehicles without it, I have to choose between cramped knees or stretched arms. -I like the backup camera, but being over 50 I have to put on my reading glass for tight spots. -I like the cargo doors. I know some like the lift gate, but I have had a few hatchbacks and I wanted to try them. However, I would not get them without the glass. Even with the glass, it takes a while to get used to the reduced visibility. I'm used to it now, so I have decided I do prefer the doors. I like just swinging one open and throwing the stuff in. -I like having a roof and locks. With my pickup, I was always covering up my stuff when it rains (which happens a lot here) and taking it out at night. Now I just lock the doors! -I like the rear sensors. I wasn't looking for them, but they were on it when I bought it. And now I really like them. Already saved me a couple of times, even with the backup camera. CONS: -No passenger side sliding door window. So when I was looking for a TC, I wanted the cargo van with both sliding door windows. The dealer couldn't find one, so I negotiated a lower price on one without them. I now realize that I'm OK without the drivers side, but I really miss the visibility on the passenger side. I park in a lot of angled spaces and invariably a SUV parks next to me. Then I have to do the "creep out of the parking space while some numb skull blows the horn at me" maneuver. Even with a passenger looking for me, it still can be tricky. And while the backup camera gives me a safe start, in the city they come at you way too fast to pickup on the camera. I read in this forum that the panel can be replaced with glass (a big thank you to the poster!), so I felt better about my decision. However, I think I am going try mounting a side view camera. I will post the results after I do. If it doesn't work, I will be replacing the panel. If it does work, I think I'm going to like the added security of the panels. -"Fisher Price" kiddie key. I know some people can't live without remote entry and locking. I get it. But I really don't like having the remote ON the key. Yes I know there is a transponder in there, but it doesn't require a key the size of a tablespoon. I have ordered a remote less transponder key, but I will be giving up the remote entry for the ability to put the key in my pocket. It would have been nice to have a separate remote to take when I have a passenger and a simple key when its just me. MEH (indifferent): -Sync. So I ended up with the Sync system and I like the Bluetooth connectivity for music. But the voice command system is marginal. Some will like it, but I'm not a phone guy so it doesn't do much for me. -Blindspot mirrors. These are the small ones with the convex corner in the upper outsides. So, yes they help. But I think I would have preferred the large mirror with the bottom convex section. I might get the aftermarket add-ons posted about in the forum. But I'm going to drive it a little longer. They are getting better, but even so, they are not great. -Hardboard panels. Yes it is a cargo van, so I get the use of hardboard (Masonite to some). But I will be painting, covering, or replacing them. I am sure they will look really bad when they get stained. -Performance. I have yet to enjoy the benefits of better gas mileage, but it DEFINITELY is not fast. (Hmm, on second thought, it might save me a few tickets!) -The crap I get from my friends. Some get it, some don't. (Happens a lot in my world!) Overall, I am VERY satisfied with my decision. I'm really happy to be part of this forum, since it was a big help in making my decision. I hope this post will help others figure out their purchase
  16. Its been over 6 months and 5,000 miles since I created this thread so I thought it might be helpful to prospective owners to provide an update.... All the PRO's I listed are still valid. Maneuverability, Room, Comfort, Backup Camera, Cargo Doors, Rear Sensors. I REALLY like the rear sensors! Saved my rear (as in the back of my van) several times, You can also add Gas Mileage to the list and the Power has moved up from indifferent to a positive. It really is decent for a 4 banger. Hauling. I got this van for the ability to haul stuff and man it delivers. I can haul more crap than I could with my truck. I love the side doors for grocery getting. I love the low load height in the back. The swing out doors are way better than dropping a tailgate. For the stuff I haul this is perfect! As for the CONS. The passenger sliding door window is still something I would like. I did add a camera for a side view. It provides just enough visibility that I can live without the window. But its a compromise. However it is good enough that I don't want to add the window now. The Big Key, still sucks. You can add to the CONS that the windshield is a stone magnet. The size and the aerodynamics make it a constant target. I'm sure I will be replacing it one day. I moved the mirrors down from ok, to not really. For me, its just counter intuitive to look further out to see whats closer to me. I have gotten used to them and they do work. It just bugs me. Although, I do like the heated feature. Works great for clearing the frost I forgot to scrape off before I left for work. I'm sort of on the fence as to road noise. It got more noticeable after I got used to the van. On most roads its just there, no big deal. But there as some roads where it crosses over to annoying. I'll probably add some sound deadener eventually. Overall, I REALLY, REALLY like this vehicle. It is better than I had hoped for and I plan on keeping it a long time. I do think that a stripping out the back of a Titanium wagon could have been even better. That way, I could get all the goodies like the windows, headliner, electronics and would still meet my hauling needs. But I wouldn't trade mine in for one, now. Oh and my buddies are still giving me crap about driving a van
  17. davidparker

    Hi from the SF Bay Area!

    Wow, that is a change G500 to TC. Send us pics when you get the rack and wheels. I have been eyeing the Rhino platform. For a rack its pretty cool.
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    ABS light on

    Very clever detective work @G B L !
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    New TC Owner

    Welcome @ServicePlus and congrats on your TC! Here is a link for your owners manual. https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/how-tos/owner-manuals-search-results.html?make=Ford&model=Transit Connect&year=2015 As for the flush, its a gamble. If it works, you are definitely better off. I however, would play it safe. I would drain and fill. Drive it until the next oil change and drain and fill again. That will replace about half the transmission fluid. Some members have done it four times in a row to get most of the fluid changed. You can read up on what others have done in the transmission section. I would check all your filters (air, cabin, etc). Check here for info on your cruise control. Check here for a laptop mount. These are really popular: https://www.rammount.com/consumer/device-mounts/laptop-mounts There are several companies that have shelving for the TC. I guess it really depends on what you need and what inventory you want to carry. You can just google "transit connect shelving" With all of your experience, I am sure you will make the most of you new vehicle and truly enjoy it.
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    Floor liner ideas 2012 TC

    Great idea Bill! Did it help with the noise?
  21. It's not the suspension. I suspect its the hitch itself. The factory hitch has the receiver welded to a plate that fits behind the bumper cover. (If you crawl under the bumper with a flashlight, you can see it) As a result, I suspect that the receiver can only support 200 pounds without bending the plate or breaking the weld. Kurt sells an aftermarket hitch for the TC with a 500 pound tongue weight limit that mounts below the bumper and is much stronger. However, you would have to remove your factory hitch which is a pain. There's a lot of pics and info on hitches in this forum if you look around. You may want to consider a small luggage trailer instead of a hitch carrier. Then you could go a big or small as you need.
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    Gen 2 Steelies

    Please post a pic when you have them mounted. I think they will great!
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    Hi from the SF Bay Area!

    Welcome to the forum. Tell us about your TC. I'm guessing its a 2019 Wagon (not Cargo). I am curious what you think about the 2.0 L with the 8 speed transmission. I have a 2018 with the 2.5 and six speed. And contrary to the reviews I had read before I bought it, I am happy with the drive train. Its not a race car, but it works fine.
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    low power

    It sounds like you might be low on compression. How many miles? I do not have a diesel, so I don't know what "normal" behavior. Did it happen all of the sudden? I suspect the techs will have an answer for you.
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    New here just saying hi

    Welcome Chris! Nice wheels, did you add those? As you have probably noticed, we like our TC's, too. There is a lot of info here. Enjoy!