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New build questions - Passenger Wagon 148"

Hi Everyone,

Great resource here, I have been lurking for a while. Getting ready to order a Transit here in Canada, unfortunately the 2016 Build and Price isn't online yet. I have a couple questions regarding the build I am hoping you can help with.

1. I looked at a 130" passenger wagon on a lot, and the doors only opened 180 degrees. Do they open 270 degrees on the 148" WB passenger wagon?

2. I do not want cloth seats.... I do dirty work during the week and go out with the family on trips and weekends, so to me something we can wash is very important. I am considering the XL with vinyl seats and floor for this reason. Does anyone with the vinyl seats have any reviews? Are they awful in summer or are the driver/passenger vinyl seats comfortable?

3. If I upgrade to XLT I can get leather seats (I think... dealer is having trouble configuring that). If I get the leather seat option, what do the passengers get (cloth, vinyl, leather)?

4. There were a bunch of threads early on regarding removing the seats in the passenger van, and I think the determination is that it can be done. Can anyone comment on how easily this is to do? I can get the seats out of my sprinter in about 3 minutes, if I have someone to help carry them out.

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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1. The Transit 148" does have fully opening doors. I don't know why the baby Transit doesn't.

2. I ordered a 2016 xlt wagon with leather seats and it was rejected by Ford. I had to change to cloth, which I did not want. I, nor the salesman, understand why leather is not offered in the wagon. When my van comes in, I'm having the seats redone in leather (http://www.gtcovers.com/)
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The 130" rear doors only open 180 deg due to contention with the side slide door on the shorter body.

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mcsar1- Leather seats in the wagon are only available in the regular wheel base (130"), no clue why not on the 148" wheel base. I believe that the doors don't fully open, on the baby Transit (130) because the sliding Pax door will run into them. I also believe it has caused a problem on the 148" but they changed (2016) the door to some where around 240 degree's for opening to eliminate any contact with the sliding Pax door.
Geoman- I believe that the rear seats (when ordering leather up front) are cloth. No rear leather seats.


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Great, thanks for the help so far!

Can anyone comment on the ease of removing the rear seats and/or bench combos? Is it a 5 minute process to get them out or a 60 minute job? I know that you need to use a screwdriver and pliers... Maybe there is a kit to convert them to tool-less removal?
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Try using, seat removal in the search function, lots of info.


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Quoting 2016 Transit Major Product Features:

"50/50 hinged rear, 180-degree opening. Regular wheelbase.
50/50 hinged rear, 237-degree opening. Long wheelbase and long wheelbase EL."

Only mention of 270-degree opening doors was under Model Line-Up Changes where Ford says they're 237-degree now.
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New build questions - Passenger Wagon 148"

The so called 180 degree opening of the 130" wheel base rear doors is actually more like 190 or 200 degrees.
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Thanks for the help everyone. Can anyone just clarify how quickly they can remove the seats with a screwdriver and pliers? I move seats in and out frequently so speed in doing so is quite important.

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May I recommend neoprene seat covers? I used wet okole seat covers in my 06 f250 over cloth seats. Removable and washable, comfortable both summer and winter. They were expensive, but its the first mod I do to any vehicle, especially as we have dogs. When i sold truck in 13, after a lot of use, seats were brand new looking.
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