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  1. WillMartin

    Fuel Mileage

    Mine is completely accurate - it is how much fuel goes into the tank and how many miles I went. Calculator? It's my head. OK. Maybe not quite that accurate.
  2. WillMartin

    Fuel Mileage

    Well, it's official. My 2010 got less than 20 mpg last tank. It was coming. All stop and go, some of it loaded up. It still got more than 19 mpg. I kinda miss the big ol' Chevy's hauling capacity, but since that didn't get used very often, the efficiency is something I appreciate more.
  3. WillMartin

    Wheel Size Question

    Yeah, I have heard all the free candy jokes. After years of driving vans, I have heard them all. They are off base. My van's sign says free champagne. I go for a different demographic.
  4. WillMartin

    Fuel Mileage

    So, water injection? I only calculate by mileage and how much fuel I put in. The 2010 doesn't have an onboard calculator. The van will probably get its worst mileage tank this time. It's been a whole lot of lousy traffic and a bit of heavier than usual hauling. The up-side is that it's taking more than a month to get through the tank. I haven't driven much, relative, but what driving I have done has been stop and go and loaded down.
  5. WillMartin

    Fuel Mileage

    One thing I have noticed about fuel economy is that it drops in the wintertime. There's more ethanol in the fuel during the winter. Ethanol has less energy content. I don't like it. But, politics says I have to use it. Oh, well.
  6. WillMartin

    Debating between a 2014+ Transit Connect and Promaster City..

    Interesting to hear. I was considering a PMC when I bought my first gen TC. The cargo area was the draw for a PMC. I was concerned about the TC's transmission, but it sounds like the PMC transmission is even weaker. A lousy turn radius would be a problem, too. It sounds like a PMC wears out in a hurry, too.
  7. WillMartin

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

    It's funny about how generic the white ones are. Mine is white, and nobody remembers seeing it, ever. My wife and I occasionally use a Coleman 12 volt refrigerator in mine. There's a 12 volt plug by the back doors, which is convenient and means less wires up by the seats to get tangled up in. Remembering to unplug it is sometimes a challenge.
  8. WillMartin

    Hello from Eastern WA

    There are about a zillion TCs over here on the west site of the mountains. I can't answer any of your questions, since mine is a first gen and I have only had it for less than a year. But welcome, and it shouldn't be hard to find a good one.
  9. WillMartin

    Fuel Mileage

    18 mpg in California traffic doesn't surprise me a bit. Even less wouldn't surprise me. And the 30 mpg I got was with the van empty except for me and my wife (who isn't very big), and going painfully slowly. It's unlikely to happen that way very often. There's a big difference between 60 mph and 75 mph. The rock hard tires are awful in most ways, but seem to roll pretty well. 22 mpg to 24 mpg is more normal. It will get worse than 20 mpg sometime for sure, because Seattle traffic is getting California-like over time.
  10. WillMartin

    Fuel Mileage

    We talk about it sometimes, but I don't remember if there's an official thread. If there is, sue me. So far, the best mileage I have gotten is exactly 30 mpg. It was a long, slow trip, nearly all on cruise control set at 55 or 65 miles per hour. Worst so far is 20 mpg in a mix of stop and go and stop and more stop. I haven't got it down to 16 or 17 like Fifty150 yet, but it will happen sometime. For comparison purposes mine is a 2010 with cheapo Firestone tires on it for now. Tires and inflation make a difference.
  11. WillMartin

    Now look what I had to print

    Your piano is powered by Ford?
  12. WillMartin

    Top 5 Things About Your Transit Connect

    I can think of at least three white TCs and one blue one that park within a five block radius. One is mine. They are all Gen 1. There are even more that just pass through. There is a school in that radius, and the school district must own 50 of them, both Gen 1 and Gen 2. Some say they belong to the school district on the side, some don't. Maybe the blank ones are private contractors. There's not much way to know. Add the lack of windows for anybody to see what's inside, and it really is a stealth vehicle. Not quite as clever as being a bicycle messenger in San Francisco, but close enough.
  13. My 2010's light comes on and the display says there's 50 miles left. When I put fuel in it at close to zero miles left, it takes about 13 gallons or a little more than that. Considering the fuel economy it gets, that's somewhere from 40 to more than 50 more miles before it runs dry.
  14. WillMartin

    Top 5 Things About Your Transit Connect

    I put almost 500 miles on my van yesterday. It got 27+ mpg, and went the speed limit. I suppose it's possible to get a performance award while driving a TC, but it would be more likely in a school zone than on a highway. I don't think I'll be taking it through mountain passes fully loaded and expect to go very fast. It's amazing how completely it disappears. People see it, because it is white. They don't hit it like they hit the dark green Chevy it replaced. But, they just flat don't remember it. I can put it anywhere and nobody notices it.
  15. WillMartin

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

    Great find! They are out there with minimal miles, but they are rare. Your blue one is a whole lot nicer color than my generic white one. It take a while to find one, but when you do, it's worth the wait. When you find one with minimal mileage and in a color like that, it's even better. Congratulations!