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Cant wait to buy 1! For work and Fun

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Good morning, Im looking forward to buying a used TC.  Semi retired handyman, outrigger canoe builder.

planning buying used and adding sliding tool bins and accommodations for weekend excursions...

Any particular years to avoid or look for?

Thank you.... 

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Welcome to the forum!

 

While the taller roof of the Gen 1's (2010 -2013) can be nice, the Gen 2's are a much improved vehicle.  Early Gen 1's had front wheel bearing problems, often requiring replacement every 50 to 75K.  The Gen2's have 4 wheel disc brakes and a 6 speed automatic and get better gas mileage with fewer maintenance issues, IMO.  We didn't even look at a Gen 1 no matter how good the deal was and we found a pretty great deal on a dealer demo 2014 with only 12,000 miles on it and plenty of factory warranty left

 

Don

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So it sounds like your looking for a utility van version versus the wagon.  But you may want to consider the wagon as well. If the price is right, you get a lot of extras in the form of wiring, windows, etc.  And you can always strip the interior and convert it to a more utility type of vehicle..  Either way, I think you will find that locating a good used one (either version) can be difficult.  But with a little patience, I think you will find just what you are looking for.  I agree with Don.  Unless you need the additional height of the roof the later versions are the way to go.  However, the 2014's don't have as good a reputation (based on recall history, rating etc) as the 2015 and later.  Let us know when you get one!

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I just bought a gen 1.  The high roof is a plus, and I'll take my chances with the maintenance issues.  I'm hoping it doesn't go through wheel bearings and transmissions, and the fuel mileage isn't much better.  The motorcycle won't quite get into a gen 2, but would get into a Promaster City.  So, it was a gen 1 or a Promaster City anyway.  This is all for what it's worth.

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15 hours ago, John Son said:

 

 

 

Any particular years to avoid or look for?

 

 

 

 

By law, every car sold in The U.S.A., beginning with the 2018 model year, is supposed to be sold with a backup camera.  2018 used can be found because rental car companies tend to turn their fleets every year.  

 

Not a big deal.  However, the blind spot and backing up is enough of an issue that more than one forum member has turned to the aftermarket and installed their own cameras.    I have a wagon, with all the autoglass, and still felt that a camera was necessary.  But a lot of people are living without backup cameras.  

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Don't really know about specific years, but based on your post you would almost certainly benefit from the long wheel base vs SWB. Rear glass windows and passenger sliding door window are also very beneficial.

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11 hours ago, WillMartin said:

I just bought a gen 1.  The high roof is a plus, and I'll take my chances with the maintenance issues.  I'm hoping it doesn't go through wheel bearings and transmissions, and the fuel mileage isn't much better.  The motorcycle won't quite get into a gen 2, but would get into a Promaster City.  So, it was a gen 1 or a Promaster City anyway.  This is all for what it's worth.

 

Congrats!  I wouldn't worry about the maintenance.  These vans are pretty tough overall, and I would much rather have a Gen 1 than the Promaster City.  What year is it?  and how about a pic?  My guess is its white ;)

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8 hours ago, davidparker said:

 

Congrats!  I wouldn't worry about the maintenance.  These vans are pretty tough overall, and I would much rather have a Gen 1 than the Promaster City.  What year is it?  and how about a pic?  My guess is its white ;)

It is indeed white.  It looks like every other white gen 1 out there.  I haven't done much of anything to make it more interesting yet, but that's coming.  First step is the ordinary stuff, like replacing the opaque panels in the sliding doors with windows so I can navigate in Seattle without sideswiping anybody.  There are too many odd angle intersections and back in parking on streets to have vision over your shoulder blocked.  Then, stripes, wheels, and I'm not sure what else.

 

Then pictures.

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Congrats on your new to you gen 1.  Although I have a gen 2 and love it the gen 1s have a charm that isn't quite matched by the newer ones.  We need to know what kind of motorcycle you are hauling around.  That's one of the reasons I bought a TC.  However I have yet to haul it anywhere, I just ride instead  :-)  I regularly haul a scooter in the van but rebuilt an old Holzclaw motorcycle trailer to haul my motorcycle.

 

John Son

 

Don't know what your budget is but I bought my 2016 TC at the end of November last year.  It was brand new and I got a great deal on it.  Im not crazy about the color (white) but wound up with a Titanium with the Ford MySynd radio with navigation.  It wound up being just a little more than a good used one from someone like CarMax.  I had to drive a few hundred miles to get it but I'm very happy with it.  I spent several months looking for one (partially because my wife forced me to fix up the old car and get ride of it and one motorcycle first).  When I was looking there didn't seem to be a lot of difference in price between different years say 14, 15 or 16.  In 17 they went to the Sync 3 radio over the Ford My Touch.  

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