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2015 Ford Transit (warning: worst vehicle purchase)

Hi,

I wanted to share a warning for other potential buyers. DO NOT PURCHASE a Ford Transit.

I have a 2015 Ford Transit extended length, high roof, 15 passenger van. It has around 85,000 miles now and I wanted to share my frustration with the vehicle.

Here are some of the things wrong with the van.

- Replace brake pads every 12,000 - 17,000 miles.

- Replace rotors maybe every 25,000 - 30,000 miles.

- All the seat belt buckle covers came off. Literally started happening before 15,000 miles. (fixed under warranty)

- Tires need to be replaced every 20,000 - 30,000 miles. If changed at 30,000 miles, the tires are completely bald. Changed from stock tires to another brand and it seems to be doing better.

- The top storage area shakes violently on the highway.

- Fuel door broken.

- Cylinder 6 skips. Replaced something under warranty. Engine issue 1.

- Engine Variable Timing Solenoids(S) replaced. Engine issue 2.

- Airbag sensor broken.

Now there's a weird noise coming from the rear end when coasting... This is currently being diagnosed, at a cost to me...

BTW, a manager at the dealership stated that their Ford Transit has to have the brakes serviced every 3,000 miles. She stated the brakes aren't heavy duty like the ones in the E series vans before. I literally laughed out loud when I heard this. Also, one time I called corporate to complain about the brake wear and the customer service rep stated that Ford has done extensive R&D and only use parts made specifically for the vehicle. They wouldn't have made a mistake and would not be reviewing my case. When asked why vehicle manufacturers have recalls she had no response... I'm done with the Ford Transit.

Also, I have all the paperwork for everything that's been done to it if anyone really wants any evidence.
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Well the sound from the rear end is coming from the drive shaft. Something about a driveshaft adapter. There goes another $600. BTW that airbag sensor came in at $650.

I can't believe Ford sells this van.
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**** dude, I feel your pain. Good luck.

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the drive shaft adapter (guibo) is a common well known problem Giubo Cracking Hidden Topic
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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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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.
Fwiw.. I have had none of these issues., except driveshaft coupler. First drive shaft coupler was replaced under powertrain warranty at 60 k..., replacement needed replacing out about 145 k. I paid $0 to replace both of them. Ford parts come with a two-year unlimited mileage guarantee, so if this one cracks again within two years I'll get it replaced for free also.

Original tires lasted me until 88 k. Second set lasted 60k. However, because I didn't rotate them properly, rear tires wear out quicker, front tires still have tread left on them at 60 k.

Still original brakes on front and rear, mechanic tells me there's still some pad left. Rotors look good.

Replace windshield due to a crack. Also there was that air box recall thing...need to check to see if it is still collecting water after replacement.

Also, I have a trailer light fuse that has blown a couple times.

Van now has 150k on it.

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Fwiw.. I have had none of these issues., except driveshaft coupler. First drive shaft coupler was replaced under powertrain warranty at 60 k..., replacement needed replacing out about 145 k. I paid $0 to replace both of them. Ford parts come with a two-year unlimited mileage guarantee, so if this one cracks again within two years I'll get it replaced for free also.

Original tires lasted me until 88 k. Second set lasted 60k. However, because I didn't rotate them properly, rear tires wear out quicker, front tires still have tread left on them at 60 k.

Still original brakes on front and rear, mechanic tells me there's still some pad left. Rotors look good.

Replace windshield due to a crack. Also there was that air box recall thing...need to check to see if it is still collecting water after replacement.

Also, I have a trailer light fuse that has blown a couple times.

Van now has 150k on it.

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That's what we want to hear. I sympathize with the OP... luck of the draw, and all. But, I can not comprehend the brake and tire wear, after following all of the other posts on this forum. I'm at 20,000 with original brakes. Tires look pretty fresh.

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FWIW, we have none of these issues and couldn't be more thrilled with our wagon. We bought it with 30,000 miles and have added 25,000 more just since February.

It still has the brakes pads, rotors, and tires we got it with. At 55,000 miles now, I will be putting new (larger) tires on in the next few weeks. My wife went through brakes every 15-20,00 miles in her Town & Country, she's doing much better with the Transit!

Our 3.7 V6 is stellar, it's a great engine used in multiple Ford vehicles.

I'm sorry yours has given you troubles, but if the Transit was such a terrible vehicle there would not be so many happy owners here and in Europe where they've been popular for years.

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I haven't had mine long enough (6k mi) to say much about reliability, but considering this is a first model year vehicle that's not too shabby. It's not as if the transmission or engine has gone...While down time and issues suck, compared to the issues on Fiat Chrysler boards, Honda boards, and GM boards we are relatively lucky. As for brake pads and rotors are you using the OEM replacements still?

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Hi,

I wanted to share a warning for other potential buyers. DO NOT PURCHASE a Ford Transit.

I have a 2015 Ford Transit extended length, high roof, 15 passenger van. It has around 85,000 miles now and I wanted to share my frustration with the vehicle.

Here are some of the things wrong with the van.

- Replace brake pads every 12,000 - 17,000 miles.

- Replace rotors maybe every 25,000 - 30,000 miles.

- All the seat belt buckle covers came off. Literally started happening before 15,000 miles. (fixed under warranty)

- Tires need to be replaced every 20,000 - 30,000 miles. If changed at 30,000 miles, the tires are completely bald. Changed from stock tires to another brand and it seems to be doing better.

- The top storage area shakes violently on the highway.

- Fuel door broken.

- Cylinder 6 skips. Replaced something under warranty. Engine issue 1.

- Engine Variable Timing Solenoids(S) replaced. Engine issue 2.

- Airbag sensor broken.

Now there's a weird noise coming from the rear end when coasting... This is currently being diagnosed, at a cost to me...

BTW, a manager at the dealership stated that their Ford Transit has to have the brakes serviced every 3,000 miles. She stated the brakes aren't heavy duty like the ones in the E series vans before. I literally laughed out loud when I heard this. Also, one time I called corporate to complain about the brake wear and the customer service rep stated that Ford has done extensive R&D and only use parts made specifically for the vehicle. They wouldn't have made a mistake and would not be reviewing my case. When asked why vehicle manufacturers have recalls she had no response... I'm done with the Ford Transit.

Also, I have all the paperwork for everything that's been done to it if anyone really wants any evidence.

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?
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