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  1. 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!
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    No love in Brooklyn

    That red looks fantastic. But, generic white has occasional advantages. Being able to disappear in plain sight is useful at times. But, given the choice, I would probably go for red like yours.
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    Citroën Berlingo

    I saw a Citroen in Seattle yesterday. It was an old DS. It's the first Citroen I have seen in decades! If a Citroen like that one ever gets imported to the US, I would be interested in seeing what it's all about. But, what are the chances?
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    Odd Dashboard Scoop?

    2010 cargo - there's an odd cavity on the top of the dashboard that I can't figure out. It looks like somebody took the hood scoop off of a hot rod or something, and turned it into part of the dashboard. The scoop faces toward the seats, so I guess you could use it as a place to put a clipboard. I thought it was a heater vent, but I can't find any openings in it with my fingers. I haven't shined a light down there yet. Any ideas what that is for or why it is there? I can accept that it's a mystery to keep dorks like me busy wondering what it is, as long as somebody can confirm.
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    Van won’t start

    What year and how long did you disconnect the battery? You have to disconnect the battery for five or ten minutes, I don't remember which. There's another work around if that doesn't solve the problem, but I don't know what it is. The battery disconnect worked the one time I needed to reset things.
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    OEM tires and wheelspin

    I assume the Firestone tires on my van are OEM. They are five years newer than the van, but it was county owned before I got it, and I suspect they just bought tires every five years from the dealership. There's no way they could have been worn out from mileage. So, here's the question. I get a lot of wheelspin from a standing start on hills when it's wet. This is unusual, since I don't drive hard. Is this normal, or do these tires just suck?
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    Love of My Life

    I don't know where she's from, but arguing with her might be a bad idea.
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    TC used by police

    The city of Seattle and the Seattle School District both have about a zillion TCs. They are mostly first gen, but I have started seeing second gen TCs in city and school district livery a bit more lately. They seem to like them.
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    Another Newbie coming aboard

    Not having a crank start sounds pretty high tech to me. I'm right there with you.
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    heyyyy just joined :-)

    Pictures would be great!
  11. The grill on my TC is broken. I have a new one. Before I rip into it, are there any pitfalls that anybody knows of?
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    Fuel Door replacement

    I have not, but that sure is a flimsy part. Mine is metal, or seems to be, but it's thin and wouldn't take much to break. It is a 2010.
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    Top 5 Things About Your Transit Connect

    It's very rare for me to need a full sized Chevy Express capacity any more. The TC is plenty big enough. If it wasn't, I never would have made the change. The funny thing is that the TC seems taller inside.
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    Top 5 Things About Your Transit Connect

    Did I ever give the other four? Probably not. So here's all five. 1. Fuel economy. Same as bikinchris 2. The roof is high enough and doors are tall enough that I can get the DRZ in and out without taking all kinds of things apart. 3. It's a whole lot more fun to drive than the full sized van it replaced. It's like a puppy. 4. It has cruise control. I haven't had that before. That and good seats mean my hamstrings last a whole lot longer before they need to be stretched back out. 5. It fits in urban parking spaces.
  15. I couldn't agree more. The only thing creepier than a white van is the dark green Chevy with blacked out windows I had before the Transit. I have heard all the free candy jokes. All of them.
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    Paint flaking off

    There's all kinds of paint flaking off my TC now. I figure it will flake off for a while, then I'll just get the whole thing repainted. Maybe white, maybe not.
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    GOT IT!!!

    They are? I don't think the headlights on my Gen 1 are all that great.
  18. I have been driving vans for a long time. The stigma of the van driver is a stigma to embrace. All the "free candy" sign jokes are a little stale. Besides, I go for a different demographic. My sign says "free champagne." It works great. It gets chicks who would have been in the ocean in a Subaru Brat to like me. Every time. Try it. You will see.
  19. Actually, the Scooby-Do van was probably a Chevy or Dodge, not a VW. And, the chicken tax didn't seem to put much of a dent in VW van sales. Of course, they had seats in them or were campers, but never mind that. The Subaru Brat was just one of those things that should never have happened. That one should have just made the obvious left turn into the ocean and turned back into oxides. The odd thing is that I was looking for a used Promaster City (same chicken tax dodge as the TC) or a used Metris when my TC came along. The issue was interior dimensions. I have some pretty specific requirements, and the second generation TC doesn't quite pull it off in the rear opening. The first gen was too short until I figured out that I can put the front wheel of the bike between the seats and it fits. So, no need for the others. I suspect a Metris would be a stronger vehicle over the long haul, but if I never need that strength, then the TC I have is plenty good for my purposes. The longer I live with it, which admittedly not very long so far, the more I like it and the less I want a different van. My van is a cargo van without windows in the sliding doors. In an ideal world, it would not have been so completely converted, but it was. It has a backup camera now. Side windows are necessary, even with fisheye mirrors, so they are the next modification. It's a 2010, so the paint is peeling off the roof now. New paint is in the future, sometime after the windows. Maybe yellow instead of white. I still like it and will keep it for however long it lasts.
  20. My TC sat for a lot of its life, which means the springs got some surface creakiness. The creaking is going slowly away now that it's getting a bit more exercise. Some of it may have been some surface rust on the brake drums as well. The motor is mostly smoothing out, too. Machinery needs exercise. Or maybe I'm just getting used to it.
  21. Define low mileage. It means different things to different people. My 2010 makes all kinds of creaks and groans from the rear axle area. I don't know what those are, but they don't seem particularly dire. There is plenty of thrumming and creaking from the slab sided body and some light clunks from the sliding doors if I"m going over a really rough patch of pavement. Like everyone else, I would be concerned about the front end noise.. If the price is right and the mileage is low enough, then it's worth taking a bit of a chance. That's what I did with mine - body damage, but TCs have some quirks which make body repairs less straight forward than you would expect. As I found out.
  22. I have already done that to him. He used to say "Jeez, dad, that's lame!" when I told a really bad dad joke. Then I would tell him it was genetic, and he would get really angry and say he took after my wife, not me. Now, I have my revenge. I was somewhere with his then girlfriend, and said something. She got a funny look on her face and said "my God, there's two of them..." Yep, it's genetic. He knows it for sure now.
  23. I'm not quite a senior citizen, and my wife has a Prius. Going slow in the right lane and getting flipped off by old ladies doesn't bother me. They flip me off for other reasons when I'm on the motorcycle. No such thing as a happy medium in my world. When I turned 50, my son told me I was officially a geezer. He's got a year to come up with another one for when I turn 60. Then he's really got to work on it for 65 and 70.
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    Want to see $5K damage toa TC ?

    I don't have pictures, but my TC had front end damage when I bought it. It cost about $2500 to sort out - new hood, fender, front bumper, and headlight. I thought it was expensive. Now I think I got a bargain on top of the lower price I paid for the van because it was bent.
  25. I just got 28 mpg on a fairly long trip out of town and back. That included some stop and go. I think my TC would get close to 30 mpg if I was ever to get on the freeway and set the cruise control for 60 mph and just putt along. I will probably drive to Los Angeles one of these days, and will find out then.