Originally Posted by klp
I could go gas but don't relish teens for mpg. No problem now but at $4 a gallon it wouldn't be as fun.
The counterpoint is the (potential) added expense of diesel engine repairs.
The diesel has a DEF tank and all of the related injectors and sensors, a DEF catalyst and a DPF filter that requires regeneration to burn off the soot into ash. All of that stuff is stupidly expensive.
On the basic maintenance side, the diesel holds more oil and the oil costs more.
One bad batch of diesel fuel can royally FU the entire fuel delivery and storage system in a CRD diesel- no matter whose name is on the body. Water is the enemy, and a little bit will destroy the fuel system at 25,000 psi. If it happens, it is a >$10,000.00 fix- the entire fuel system (tank, lines, pumps, injectors) must be replaced and "bad fuel" is not covered under the manufacturers warranty. Of course, none of the manufacturers are providing a fuel filter system that is truly capable of dealing with the contaminants that can destroy the fuel system, instead relying on the diesel supply system to deliver in-spec fuel and fuel storage... and the USA diesel fuel standards are not equal to Euro standards.
At least Ford has a manual DPF regeneration option, but that won't cure problems from excessive idling. The DEF system has reduced the number of DPF regenerations compared to pre-DEF systems.
If the diesel engine is trouble free, then all is well, outside of the small added expense of routine maintenance. You do not read about these experiences on internet forums.
Ford diesel engine repairs will NOT be any cheaper than Sprinter or Promaster diesel engine (and emissions) repairs.
Diesel will also be over $4 a gallon at some point in the future.
If you like the Transit van itself, and do not drive lots of miles or expedite freight, the gasoline engine may prove to be a much better choice in the long run.
If you spend some time building a Transit on the Ford site, the payload and towing capacities of a properly equipped gasoline engine model will be greater than the diesel.
Just to make the point more clear, a "routine" glow plug replacement on my 2008 Dodge Sprinter turned into an ordeal that took weeks to "repair" and the botched work at a Dodge dealership that serviced Dodge Sprinters required *additional* repair at a Mercedes dealer because the Dodge tech reused the injector crush washers. The glow plug broke off in the head and the Dodge dealer did not have the tool to extract it, so the cylinder head was replaced. That repair would have been in excess of $6,000.00 US if it wasn't covered by the emissions warranty. Because the glow plugs are used in DPF regeneration, it fell under the emissions warranty. The additional parts and labor at Mercedes was about $1,000.00, out of pocket.