What Made You Decide On The Ford Transit Versus Ram Promaster, Nissan NV, Or Sprinter - Ford Transit USA Forum
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What Made You Decide On The Ford Transit Versus Ram Promaster, Nissan NV, Or Sprinter

Was it Price, Ride, Quality, Options available or other? Personally I'm still undecided. Though might wait to see if the rumors are true that the Daily Iveco maybe coming to the US market.
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Gas engine option and dependability and service over Sprinter, quality and design over Ram and Nissan. Plus I wanted an American made vehicle that could be serviced anytown, USA.

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There is no real competition for the Transit. It won't take much reading on the Ram or Sprinter sites, to see far more issues reported, than here, on the Transit site. Vs the Ram? Just look at it.
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Owned a diesel 08 Sprinter for 5 years and 56,000 miles, Nissan high roof is just too ugly, Promaster is a Fiat with minivan engine and transmission.

Wanted to get rid of the diesel and wanted qualified service in every other town at reasonable cost.

There are advantages and disadvantages for each.

Suggest you drive all four.

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To be honest, I never actually looked at anything other than the Ford Transit. If there was one factor that kept me from going elsewhere it would have to be the Ecoboost engine. It's my belief that the Ecoboost gives you everything you could ever want from a Diesel without any of the other hassles. I have it in my F150 and now my Transit and it is truly just a gas and go engine that performs extremely well for it's size.
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3.5 Eco, more power and pep
Gas engine, serviceable nationwide
Rides better
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Cost
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For me, the Promaster was just plain uncomfortable to drive.
The Transit, IMO, rides and handles better than the Sprinters I tried, driving position and the seats are more comfortable.
I wanted to know that there was a widespread service network, especially in low population areas. That and the reported Sprinter reliability issues left only Ford and GM.
Needed an OEM high roof, so that eliminated GM.
The EB has all the torque I'll ever need, with reasonable MPG, and without the extra diesel pollution control complexity. It's also been flawless in my F150.

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Looked briefly at Ram and Nissan and didn't like them.

I actually began with Sprinter. At the time (early 2015) I had no idea there was a Transit. All my focus was upon making the Sprinter work. When I finally got to a dealership my hopes were dashed because they had none in stock to try out or look through and the dealer said they had 45 on order and just that morning Mercedes had told them they were only going to be receiving 3. The wait was not only unbearbly long, but uncertain at that.

After a few more months I began really looking around again...saw the Ram and Nissan... and then found the Transit. It was so much like the Sprinter design I had come to like but maybe less than 1/3 - 1/2 the cost!

When I read reviews they all preferred the Transit. One of the biggest things at that point was how they said it was easy to drive and the ecoboost was awesome. Many said they forgot they were driving such a large vehicle and it performed more like their regular vans. I need that. In fact I haven't even test driven one because the Transit appears to be the easiest to drive and in that sense "I have no other choice" ?

Now if you had told me the process for me would take over a year, I may have bought Nissan... but God must have wanted me to wait since the first van I special ordered didn't come as I wanted. My 2nd van order build date is next week (12/9)

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The Promaster is just not a very good van from what I have read. The rear axle setup is great for cargo but bad for ground clearance. I did not want a fwd van.

The Nissan NV is old school inefficient and ugly. Having a traditional hood setup is good for service but sacrifices a lot of cargo area.

The Sprinters are nice but very $ and the ride quality is not as nice. They also have far fewer service options. I had some interest in a diesel but modern diesels are maintenance heavy and $ of you have issues. Sprinter does not offer a gas option in the US.

I considered an older e series van as well but this made little sense with the Transit available.
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Nice summary by Surly Bill.

Some o dem damnn robots never take their "eyes" off the clock.

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