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Just returned home with my new Transit. Before I left to pick it up I read a thread on what to inspect before I drove it home. Props to who reminded to check the air cleaner.

Everything I checked out was good. The slider door was smooth and closed easily, all the doors had even seams, etc.

The air cleaner cover had a plastic trough above it to divert water but the top lid still fits inside the lower portion instead of overlapping it. I could see water in the gap so I wanted to get the cover off. It looked pretty cumbersome to me to do under the circumstance so I asked the salesperson I was dealing with if he could have someone from the svc dpt come and take it off for me. Their head guy, a very nice fellow, soon appeared and he struggled with it a bit, noticing Ford has apparently attached a sensor of some kind to the top of the intake tube that was new to him. It made it more awkward than usual he said to get the top off but he struggled with it.

Soon he headed off with the damp air cleaner and brought back and installed a fresh dry one.

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Yesterday drove about 300 miles to pick up LiFePo battery and accessories.

65 mph max -- Lie-O-meter claims 18.7 mpg.

Nicely quiet in town but at freeway speed yikes - bolstered incentive to get with the sound insulating.
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65 mph max -- Lie-O-meter claims 18.7 mpg.

Nicely quiet in town but at freeway speed yikes - bolstered incentive to get with the sound insulating.
Mine was very loud at speed when I test drove it. Turns out someone had pumped the front tires up to 70psi . Even with normal tire pressure it was a bit loud. Now, with the Thinsulate and the floor installed, we think it's actually a little quieter than our 2014 Subaru Outback.

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It looked pretty cumbersome to me to do under the circumstance so I asked the salesperson I was dealing with if he could have someone from the svc dpt come and take it off for me. Their head guy, a very nice fellow, soon appeared and he struggled with it a bit, noticing Ford has apparently attached a sensor of some kind to the top of the intake tube that was new to him.
That sensor has been there on all 3 years of the Transit- must not know much about them-

Oh wait he works for a dealer- case solved.....

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This was the first big step. Next up, the floor.

* - I should add, I was going to install the windows myself but after talking with George at Motion Windows I concluded for $125 per window installation by a master would be money well spent.
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Mine was very loud at speed when I test drove it. Turns out someone had pumped the front tires up to 70psi . Even with normal tire pressure it was a bit loud. Now, with the Thinsulate and the floor installed, we think it's actually a little quieter than our 2014 Subaru Outback.
After reading the recent post about Matt Ford it brought something back to mind. When looking for the best deal I submitted bids sheets to them and five local Ford dealerships where my wife and I live (Portland, Or). At first it looked like Matt Ford was the winner but Gresham Ford matched the offer. We were honestly disappointed because we had been looking forward to using free air miles to fly to KC and have the fun of a driving trip back home to test the new van. My wife was especially disappointed. We stuck with Gresham because it would have felt so lousy to not show good faith after how good they had been towards us.

Anyway, for the first time I just realized how glad I am things went that way. I feel relatively safe to say we could have informed Matt Ford of the progress of our negotiations and they likely would have bent a little further but saving a few bucks one way or another was not the prime directive.

What makes me glad is discovering on my first 300 miles of driving how unpleasantly noisy a trip coming back from KC would have been. Alone would have been one thing but two of us wanting to communicate or listen to books on audio wouldn't have been what I was imagining.

* BTW - If you are local and looking for a Ford I heartily recommend Gresham. Go to their website and read the review section where people post comments. The woman who owns Gresham Ford personally responds to every single comment posted. The story of how she brought the business back from near collapse after acquiring it is a true feel good tale.

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You are absolutely correct. I picked up my van in KC (which looks like your vans twin - I have chrome) and then drove 1900 miles back to CA. OMG I cannot begin to describe the **** noise I had to endure for 30 hours. The van is one big crappy speaker. The highway would go from garbage to good and every tiny change in texture made a huge change in noise. The smallest rock kicked up going 70mph sounds like a firecracker going off behind your head. So my first priority after I got home was sound and thermal insulation. It is still an ongoing process but every change makes a big improvement to sound. I expect when I am done it will be as quiet as a good car.
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You are absolutely correct. I picked up my van in KC (which looks like your vans twin - I have chrome) and then drove 1900 miles back to CA. OMG I cannot begin to describe the **** noise I had to endure for 30 hours. The van is one big crappy speaker. The highway would go from garbage to good and every tiny change in texture made a huge change in noise. The smallest rock kicked up going 70mph sounds like a firecracker going off behind your head. So my first priority after I got home was sound and thermal insulation. It is still an ongoing process but every change makes a big improvement to sound. I expect when I am done it will be as quiet as a good car.
So what did you use for sound dampening and insulation?
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