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connectvanplans last won the day on May 20

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  1. Nice mileage Jim, did they say what went wrong with the computer? It's interesting to hear about your reliability after so many miles. These vans do seem to do really well for themselves based on some of the anecdotes I've read on here like yours and Jling's.
  2. Jling, Looks like it's been a while since you've been to the forums, but in case you've got email notifications on - it'd be nice to hear from ya to get an update on your TC's performance/reliability since 2018 and updated mileage!
  3. connectvanplans

    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    Cool, I'll probably post a separate thread someday when I get a few more things buttoned up. Haha nice - gonna go with yes. Never been a fan of Mobile1 since I noticed it was leaving my Honda's valve cover (inside) stained brown - whereas when I switched to a different brand of synthetic, the stains cleared up (or at least didn't come back after cleaning). That and I didn't like the faint "burnt" smell I distinctly remember after staying in the higher rev band during some spirited driving. That was 12 or so years ago now so perhaps their formula has changed several times since, but ever since then I haven't touched the stuff. More anecdotes.
  4. connectvanplans

    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    Exactly! It's funny, the last 2 cars that I sold to private party - neither was much interested in my extensive excel maintenance schedule documentation. Was a little upsetting actually, but any future owner of my vehicles will enjoy the same opportunity of transparency even if the likelihood of interest in the records are low. Besides, I plan on keeping my TC for quite a long time as one of the first things I did with my brand new van was take a jigsaw to the roof paneling to fit a Maxxair fan for my custom camper build. Market for custom campers is not that big anyway.
  5. connectvanplans

    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    100% in agreement man. Better to have an aggregate data collection thread in which all forum members post their maintenance schedules, mileage, and other relevant stats to derive any kind of useful information people could actually reference to help inform their personal maintenance choices. This would be kind of nice thing to have actually. On the other hand, you could just trust in Ford and follow their recommended maintenance schedule and prescribed fluids. Although, you'd also have to trust that that the pressure from their dealers to ensure that they have sufficient service revenue as well as their inherent business interests to maximize sales of vehicles does not exceed their interest in making maintenance recommendations that prioritize vehicle mechanical longevity. Not trying to be accusatory to anyone here, just providing an alternative opinion.
  6. connectvanplans

    5W-30 Synthetic Oil Use

    Tell you guys what, if I ever have any engine problems with my TC I'll update on this thread. I've been running Pennzoil Platinum and Ultra Platinum Synthetic 5W-30 since mile 500 - currently over 15K miles now. My maintenance schedule is 1 oil change per year which is working out to be 7-10K miles per year. My theory is that most modern manufacturers are desperate for income (even before all this economic shutdown madness as the auto industry was very long into the business cycle) and I wouldn't be surprised if most management have been willing to sacrifice longevity as well as improve emissions, at least on paper, by running a thinner oil than would otherwise be preferred by someone who is interested in maximizing mechanical longevity. Customers whose vehicles last too long, or too short for that matter, don't make for good repeat customers. I'm willing to be wrong with this theory obviously, so while it's only anecdotal - I'll be sure to update if anyone is interested in the event something engine-related malfunctions.