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I'll have to play my Eagles CDs again!
"I hate the f'n Eagles, man"...had to quote The Dude on that one.

I agree with the opinion of different drivers eating up the brakes. I was looking at mine the other day and although they're working just fine, they sure seem small...certainly in comparison to the ones on my last E-250. The calipers on that thing were as big as a football. They were perfect up to 80K, then I noticed some rotor warp.

The brakes on my '01 E-150 back in the day were about the same size as those on my Transit...and I would blast through rotors in particular within 30,000 miles. I've a bit of a heavy foot.

Quite frankly, I'm only expecting to get about 30K out of the Transit brakes.

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I will add a bit if context...I am a shipper/expediter so 99% of my miles are long steady jaunts on the interstate. I've also become very good at coasting to a stop at off ramps, and using engine braking to minimize brake use on downgradess.

Not uncommon for me to go 50, 60, or even 100mi without touching the brakes. So I realize my brake wear is probably not normal.

As far as brake power...I have not noticed any issues. Stops fine and no problems when loaded or with small trailers(is. No trailer brakes).

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people here in this forum have complained about the brake pads wearing out before, i saved someone elses link for ceramic pads just incase i ever needed any: http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/f...um.com+URL+%2F use the search box to find the original forum thread
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LOL. So back in the shop with a check engine light. Something about a cam shaft causing the check engine light and they need to tear down the engine... There goes at least $1500 to get it fixed.

BTW Ecoboost engine. I'm shopping for another shuttle and I can't wait to get rid of this thing.

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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.
That's what I thought to but the other E-350 shuttles don't have a tenth of the problems the transit does. There is no way I can recommend this van to anyone. BTW, a couple other hotels bought the Transit extended length high roof with the ecoboost. They don't have anything good to say about them...

The Ford Transit was not designed for heavy commercial use. As a cargo van or even the normal low roof normal wheelbase passenger van might be okay. However, the Ford Transit IS NOT designed for heavy commercial use.
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Not uncommon for me to go 50, 60, or even 100mi without touching the brakes. So I realize my brake wear is probably not normal.
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Your use is not normal, also the OP use as an airport shuttle is not "normal" also...

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That's what I thought to but the other E-350 shuttles don't have a tenth of the problems the transit does.
However, the Ford Transit IS NOT designed for heavy commercial use.
Your experience is one that Ford needs to pay attention to. They will need to beef up the brakes, drivetrain etc for this heavy commercial market.

I've been in a lot of airport shuttles. They are driven hard and braked hard. So your experience is uniquely different scenario than 99% of transit owners. That said if you buy a 15 pax van it should be as tough as the Eseries it replaced.

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Probably best to just buy a Startrans shuttle van, which is purpose-built. I think most are on 3 ton cab/chassis frames.

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it was never designed to be a passenger van in the first place, that was just something ford cobbled together to get additional sales for there transit line of work vans, probably 90 percent of transit sales are for a medium duty commercial work van that gets decent mpg
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Your use is not normal, also the OP use as an airport shuttle is not "normal" also...



Your experience is one that Ford needs to pay attention to. They will need to beef up the brakes, drivetrain etc for this heavy commercial market.

I've been in a lot of airport shuttles. They are driven hard and braked hard. So your experience is uniquely different scenario than 99% of transit owners. That said if you buy a 15 pax van it should be as tough as the Eseries it replaced.
I agree. Ford should either discontinue a 15 pax van or only limit it to the Starcraft Starlite version...

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Probably best to just buy a Startrans shuttle van, which is purpose-built. I think most are on 3 ton cab/chassis frames.
That's what we're in the market for now.

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it was never designed to be a passenger van in the first place, that was just something ford cobbled together to get additional sales for there transit line of work vans, probably 90 percent of transit sales are for a medium duty commercial work van that gets decent mpg
That's what frustrates me. They shouldn't have released a 15 pax van with the stock parts... BUT they did and that has me telling every hotel owner I know as well as our franchise VPs that no one should buy the Ford Transit.
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Good fuel economy is a nice bonus for a fleet of vehicles, but not at the expense of down-time. Better to get 8mpg and the wheels rolling all the time. Cost of fuel shouldn't be a major consideration for a shuttle service, anyway, since most shuttle vehicles get around the same range.

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