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post #51 of 56 (permalink) Old 12-31-2015, 09:02:PM
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Originally Posted by Budsky View Post
I've owned Ford diesel trucks focus from or over 20 years and have never heard of a dealer that can't or won't work on their diesels.
Can you cite a Ford dealer who won't work on their diesels? Since one of Ford's biggest sellers are their diesel pickups I find that hard to believe.
I'd love to know if that is a fact.
Getting warranty engine work done and having a diesel engine guy on staff are two different things.

2 dealers in Hollywood/ North Hollywood area don't have a diesel mechanic on staff. (you can figure it out pretty easy)

You can drop your vehicle off and it will eventually get serviced but you will wait a while.

I went with my son when he bought a focus there so I went back to the same guy for the transit quote and he told me what the deal was when I went to ask if I could meet the guy.

Most inner city Ford dealer focus on auto sales vs trucks.

off topic - the focus is now having trans problems.

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So basically you cannot name a dealer who will not work on diesels. I'm pretty sure Ford requires dealers to work on ALL their non-commercial (commercial being F450 and up) products.
The question was not were they any good at it

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As far as traction , the promaster is not good with weight in the back especially up hills. Being a contractor, you have to be able to climb customers driveways or ou are stuck humping your tools up hill by hand. Now, the transit isn't great in snow empty but does fine with a good load in the rear.
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The Promaster looks scary...like owning it is just asking for trouble. They've got all kinds of drama goin' on with those things, just peruse their forum.

The junkiest cars I've ever driven were Dodge and Fiat. The Fiat for a week in Tahiti...it was brand new and already falling apart.

Don't wanna start something up with the Ram guys, but...really? Aforementioned forum is difficult to read. The price difference? Well, give it all about 3 more years to see what held up...

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Transit vs Promaster

I purchased a Promaster 3500 High Roof long body Diesel on 10-29 I had it for my use less that 30 days before FMA did a lemon law buy back and I now have a 2016 Transit 3500 gas high roof extra long cargo van ( as of 2-5-16). My Promaster had under 1200 miles on it at buy back, and a new transmission, ball joint, reprogramed ECM and it only left my driveway no more than 10 times and 2 of them were on a flat bed. At the buy back, after sitting for about 1 week, it would not start. I know that all Promasters are not all that bad and it could have happened to me with a Transit.
During the 60 plus days I was driving a rental van I started with a Promaster until Enterprise swapped it for a Transit. Both were stripped down 1/2 ton rentals but the Transit was so much better. The Promaster shifted very very bad in the diesel the rental gas was better but but not good. Getting in and out of the Promaster was a joke. Why are the cup holders on the Promaster on the floor. I think the Transit is a much user friendly truck and I will be in it about 50,000 miles a year that means a lot to me
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Originally Posted by bbird View Post
I took a PM for about a 20 miles ride , you should do the same. Then your question will be answered
I agree
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