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Why the extra cost for Transit vs Promaster

Haven't decided yet on a promaster or transit, waiting on diesel reviews. Why is the Transit $2-4K more off the bat compared to similarly equipped promaster. Right now you can buy a Promaster $6K off so I'm leaning toward the promaster unless ford has a rebate/sale etc… like they do for their other vehicles offering outrageous discounts at different times of the year. If i had to buy now, the Ford would cost near $10k more for the same equipted/rated vehicle.
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>>> Right now you can buy a Promaster $6K off so I'm leaning toward the promaster unless ford has a rebate/sale etc… like they do for their other vehicles offering outrageous discounts at different times of the year.

My reasoned guess is there is probably very little demand for the promaster, thus necessitating an aggressive discount to drive sales. I have no idea about Transit demand, though I suspect if it were low, a discount would be offered.

Why discount if there is no need?
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1. Assembled in KC vs Mexico.
2. Cost of developing an all new design (Ford's fault, they could have used European model as-in IMO) vs just integrating the Pentastar powertrain into the existing Ducato.
3. MSRP isn't as much difference. Promaster just isn't selling apparently.

Even though I want an interior and rear AC, with street prices of PM $10K less than Transit, it might be worth it. PM has definite advantages for side-load handicap transport.
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It's the end of their model year, no more orders of the 2014, they haven't given a clue of what changes if any on the 2015 model.
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I took a PM for about a 20 miles ride , you should do the same. Then your question will be answered
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going to be a long wait for 2015 year model vehicle, but worth it, that's for sure.
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I read from others that they drive and ride pretty bad empty.
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They start building the 2015 in October.
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I read from others that they drive and ride pretty bad empty.
I expect that from any vehicle that can almost carry its own weight in cargo. The suspension can't be tuned to go from empty at around 5000 pounds to loaded down approaching 10,000 pounds. And the mass ratio is more pronounced at rear when empty, so it's no surprise most complaints are about rear suspension ride quality.

By contrast a nice-riding luxury car may go from 4000 to only about 5000 pounds. In my opinion short of using very expensive air, independent, and active suspension on a van it's likely going to ride harsh when empty.
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I read from others that they drive and ride pretty bad empty.
You should drive one. I was shocked by how well it drove and rode. I think, the much longer wheelbase helps a lot with the ride.
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