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Bummer dude glad you still have the warranty and there is always the lemon law right?
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My transit had 104,000 miles when I sold it. Original tires. Never did a **** thing but change the oil and filter! Sold my 3.7 and bought the powerstroke version!
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That's what I thought as well when we first started having brake and tire wear issues. I installed a GPS monitoring system that reports back multiple different readings. Two of the ones I was most interested with was heavy acceleration and heavy breaking. To my surprise there were rarely any incidents reported, and yes, I tested to make sure it reports properly.
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I know there is a difference between "normal" braking and easy on the brakes driving. I don't ride my brakes. I coast to slow down. Even normal braking is going to produce more wear than my style of driving.

I know you have a history with other vehicles and the transit isn't living up to your experience not trying to discount what you are saying for sure.

I just know from my experience people who use the brakes have them wear.... sadly And it doesn't have to fall under the "hard" braking category. I follow other drivers on the freeways, or in the city and see their brake lights coming on all time, and think to myself they should back off the car in front of them and they would not have to touch the brakes so often.
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Now you are preaching the WORD.


I came upon the above video more than 2 years after adopting what I wrote below. You can imagine how vindicating it was to me.


My rule is no matter the speed, allow three seconds between you and the vehicle you are behind. Don't go by distance, go by time. At high speed that is a lot of distance, at low speed same thing. Many good things result. You become like a little Zen monk on freeways because someone looking for a lane change has plenty of room in the gap you leave which forestalls them endangering or breaking the rhythm of other traffic. It buys you reaction time in case something happens suddenly and that can have a huge reward if you happened to have been slightly inattentive when it occurs. I have found that when you leave space like that generally cars behind you will back off more than traffic normally does. In tight freeway traffic where things get to be speed up then slow down speed up then slow down ahead of you, when everyone else's brake lights are lighting up you can simply coast and if need be shift to a lower gear as you are doing it. My personal game is to see how long I can avoid having to touch the brake pedal. It enables you to maintain a more consistent speed in all kinds of traffic that is otherwise inconsistent. And the thing is, the whole time you are traveling down the freeway just as fast as the rest of traffic.

The downside is that as other cars occasionally accept the opening you provide and you have to back off to another three seconds of lag, you'll end arriving where you were going by as much as ten seconds later.

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Now you are preaching the WORD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGFqfTCL2fs

I came upon the above video more than 2 years after adopting what I wrote below. You can imagine how vindicating it was to me.


My rule is no matter the speed, allow three seconds between you and the vehicle you are behind. Don't go by distance, go by time. At high speed that is a lot of distance, at low speed same thing. Many good things result. You become like a little Zen monk on freeways because someone looking for a lane change has plenty of room in the gap you leave which forestalls them endangering or breaking the rhythm of other traffic. It buys you reaction time in case something happens suddenly and that can have a huge reward if you happened to have been slightly inattentive when it occurs. I have found that when you leave space like that generally cars behind you will back off more than traffic normally does. In tight freeway traffic where things get to be speed up then slow down speed up then slow down ahead of you, when everyone else's brake lights are lighting up you can simply coast and if need be shift to a lower gear as you are doing it. My personal game is to see how long I can avoid having to touch the brake pedal. It enables you to maintain a more consistent speed in all kinds of traffic that is otherwise inconsistent. And the thing is, the whole time you are traveling down the freeway just as fast as the rest of traffic.

The downside is that as other cars occasionally accept the opening you provide and you have to back off to another three seconds of lag, you'll end arriving where you were going by as much as ten seconds later.
Well put. I leave a bigger than average gap. But, WRT your last sentence, it does bother me when vehicle after vehicle jumps into my buffer, and I have to slow down to accommodate their idiocy. As you note, it's not slowing me down very much, AND, often, the people are stuck just seconds ahead of me, because there are no more large buffers for them to advance to.

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I know there is a difference between "normal" braking and easy on the brakes driving. I don't ride my brakes. I coast to slow down. Even normal braking is going to produce more wear than my style of driving.

I know you have a history with other vehicles and the transit isn't living up to your experience not trying to discount what you are saying for sure.

I just know from my experience people who use the brakes have them wear.... sadly And it doesn't have to fall under the "hard" braking category. I follow other drivers on the freeways, or in the city and see their brake lights coming on all time, and think to myself they should back off the car in front of them and they would not have to touch the brakes so often.
I see. It's just a bit frustrating. I practice the same and my brakes last forever.

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Now you are preaching the WORD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGFqfTCL2fs

I came upon the above video more than 2 years after adopting what I wrote below. You can imagine how vindicating it was to me.


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The downside is that as other cars occasionally accept the opening you provide and you have to back off to another three seconds of lag, you'll end arriving where you were going by as much as ten seconds later.
Same, when a car cuts in front of me. I always think to myself, that space wasn't for you...
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BTW. They found the coolant leak.

Coolant line T-joint has a crack in it...

Still waiting on the diagnosis of of the Check Engine Light.
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Got the engine light checked out.

The cam chain tensioner apparently skipped a tooth on the gear... LOVELY! That repair was going to cost $3k. Decided that it's not even worth it to repair... It's been a nightmare and Ford should be ashamed at releasing this vehicle for commercial shuttle service.
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Got the engine light checked out.

The cam chain tensioner apparently skipped a tooth on the gear... LOVELY! That repair was going to cost $3k. Decided that it's not even worth it to repair... It's been a nightmare and Ford should be ashamed at releasing this vehicle for commercial shuttle service.
Actually I don't remember seeing any Ford brochures or advertising that recommended the Transit for commercial shuttle service.

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Ford Transit is marketed as a commercial vehicle. People use these as delivery vans which is just as abusive. He just got a lemon.
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