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thanks for the input. the last time i drove the wrong way was in england... i even saw it coming but couldn't do anything about it. i was making a right turn onto a road, and for some reason couldn't overcome my instinct to drive on the 'right' side of the road. so i did ... into oncoming traffic. we all came to a pretty slow anticlimactic halt. and i sheepishly veered back over the the wrong...uhhh... left... side of the road
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Here is a link to Corning Ford in Corning, CA that has a long WB 12 seater. New 2015 Ford Transit-350 For Sale | Corning CA
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DEF costs less than .5 cents per mile. That is <$.005/mile. If you only drive 10,000 miles a year, that is less than $50 per year. DEF costs shouldn't be in the cost of operation equation.

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DEF costs less than .5 cents per mile. That is <$.005/mile. If you only drive 10,000 miles a year, that is less than $50 per year. DEF costs shouldn't be in the cost of operation equation.

No so much a cost issue as a nuisance.

Remembering when the last time you added DEF when you should add it again.

It's not a good idea to just wait for the add DEF message to come. That can lead to pump or heater failure sooner than normal. Each of those repairs are over $1,000.00.


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I use 5 gal. def every 10,000 mi. At 2.69 per gal. that = 13.50$ x 10 = 135 dollars in 100,000. Def cost is a non issue. I have 112,000 mi. on my 2011 sprinter and have had zero def problems. I've noticed the people who claim def is costly are people who've never owned vans that require def.
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We just made this decision for our family with seven children. Maintenance cost and avalibility was the deciding factor in addition to the upfront price. Our current van is a Honda odyssey. Everyone has different criteria for a vehicle but I would never go up to a passenger van with just four kids. We've done multiday, each way road trips with eight people in our odyssey. It's only now that we simply don't have enough seats for everyone that we're getting something bigger.

That said, having been in both I do like the size of the sprinter. I don't particularly want something really big and it felt more compact. I also like that the low roof option was tall enough for me to stand up in since I'm on the shorter side. Other, taller, family member could just about stand up in it. With the ford we had to go with the medium roof since the low roof is really low. Both vans seemed to have similar cargo space (we went with a 12 passenger long wheelbase).
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No so much a cost issue as a nuisance.
^^ This,

we have a 2014 sprinter. although its not a deal breaker, its certainly a pain in the butt once in a while to have to put DEF in. At least with the Ford, you can add the DEF by the gas tank filler. With the MB, you have to pop the hood.

The fact that I can't be bothered with extra nuisances, the extra $6grand Ford wanted for a diesel motor, and the fact that Diesel is around 15 cents more a liter than gas is why I went with an EB engine on our Transit....

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The fact that I can't be bothered with extra nuisances, the extra $6grand Ford wanted for a diesel motor, and the fact that Diesel is around 15 cents more a liter than gas is why I went with an EB engine on our Transit....
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That said, having been in both I do like the size of the sprinter. I don't particularly want something really big and it felt more compact. I also like that the low roof option was tall enough for me to stand up in since I'm on the shorter side. Other, taller, family member could just about stand up in it. With the ford we had to go with the medium roof since the low roof is really low. Both vans seemed to have similar cargo space (we went with a 12 passenger long wheelbase).
We're torn between the transit and sprinter. both have their benefits. i'm not against the low-roof model of the transit since it will be mostly kids in the back. but we haven't really been in one yet. i'm hoping to back-to-back test drives of both this weekend, and hopefully check out the low-roof wagon.
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No so much a cost issue as a nuisance.

Remembering when the last time you added DEF when you should add it again.

It's not a good idea to just wait for the add DEF message to come. That can lead to pump or heater failure sooner than normal. Each of those repairs are over $1,000.00.
This OCI will be the first full 10,000 mile interval so I am anxious to see how the DEF level does. If it runs low enough that I would need to add more before the LOF I will just go with adding DEF every 5,000 miles. Nothing to remember, nothing to calculate. Just add DEF every 5,000 miles or three weeks.

Not a big deal, but then again it's my job and I get paid by the hour.

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