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All the brake and tire stuff sounds like bad driving conditions to me. I don't want to get accusational that the driver is a "bad" driver, I don't know the driver, never seen them drive, but if I were to just read those symptoms and compare it to every other driver of the same vehicle, I would assume there is a lot of extra fast acceleration, hard cornering and hard braking or riding the brakes going on. It may not be bad habits, but the area where the van is operated may require driving like that.

As for the other stuff, every vehicle made these days has cheap plastic parts and the lowest cost materials/parts available. Stuff will break. Faulty sensors are the bane of our existence these days. At least it's not worn piston rings or broken camshaft at 50k like the old days.

The storage shelf is a wonder of bad modern design. Mine also flops around, but not "violently" (and I'm on CA roads, basically a bunch of connected potholes and patches, because they spent all their money on perks and benefits for the highway department employees instead of fixing the roads, but that's another story...). I'm planning on "fixing" mine by removing the cheap plastic "brace" and replacing it with aluminum square tubing, and removing/replacing the useless center console.

I am aware of the guibo issue, and will have one on hand to replace at about 50k. Maybe there will be a quality aftermarket one soon.
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I also thought it might be the drivers but we have 2 other e-350 extended lengths and the tires and brakes wear normally. It's just disappointing that's all. The van is used to transport people back and forth between a hotel and an airport. It's a 3 mile ride one way with speeds never exceeding 50mph.

I like ford but the transit platform doesn't seem to up to the task of heavy commercial use. We'll probably be going back to the F series shuttles.

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85,000 miles already. It could be you are carrying excessive weight. Any chance your 15 passengers need to mix in a few salads once in a while?
LOL. Still the trip would only last 7 minutes and the shuttle makes it's way back to the airport with just the driver. Around half of the 85,000 miles were with just 1 driver in the van.
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LOL. Still the trip would only last 7 minutes and the shuttle makes it's way back to the airport with just the driver. Around half of the 85,000 miles were with just 1 driver in the van.
*snicker* I read this and I swear the following is what popped immediately into my head...

"No passengers ever go back to the airport? What is this, the Hotel California?"

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
'Relax' said the night man
'We are programmed to receive
You can check out anytime you like
But you can never leave!'


Ah, haven't heard that in a while. I'll have to play my Eagles CDs again!
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I'm waiting to see how long the brakes last on my 350 wagon. I got 200k out of my suburban front pads. 221k out of the rears. The transit always has excessive brake dust on the wheels and covers. It's hard to keep the wheels clean. I had little to no brake dust issues on the burb
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Aha!

A key word was mentioned: DRIVERS!
When vehicles are used by employees, they are abused by employees. Kind of the same thing with Sprinters; when used as fleet vehicles and driven by employees, they break down a lot, go through brakes and tires at twice the normal rate, etc. When driven by OWNERS both Sprinters and Transits do just fine.

I think the old econolines were detuned and built in a way to make it hard for malicious and mentally handicapped employees to destroy them. Even though they would try, anyway.

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What engine do you have?

If it is an Ecoboost V6, then it would be easy to abuse.

Maybe less power would require less brake usage.

Do agree that these newer more efficient and lighter vehicles may not prove to be as bullet proof as the older E vans.

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The transit brakes ten times better than any van before it.
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The transit brakes ten times better than any van before it.
The Transit pound for pound out brakes my SUV that's ~4000lbs lighter, and definitely seems as if the brakes will last longer (I have to replace the pads and rotors every 20k on that car). It sounds as if you may need to upgrade to severe duty pads that don't have quite as much bite but last longer. CENTRIC 10617740 Posi-Quiet Extended Wear Long Life pads which I had on a 2009 Pontiac G6 when I was driving 25k a year. Had those things on when I traded it in 70k later vs. blowing through OEM pads at 20k. Wagner and Bendix also make severe duty pads if you want to try and eliminate the problem.

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My new 2017 Transit is the worst braking vehicle I have owned since the 80's. In fact my 3500 Dodge diesel which weighs almost twice as much as the Transit brakes much better and shorter.

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