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I have a Sprinter for a family van. We have 8 kids, so the noise cancelling feature would be nice. I'll start off with...I love my Sprinter, but I live in fear of it having a major issue. I don't live near a dealer (100 miles) and when I travel I greatly fear the possibility of a breakdown. I have a 2008 and bought it new in 2009

I have yet to drive a Transit because I can't find a wagon near me without having to take half a day to get there and test it out...right now I just don't have time.

The Sprinter is fantastic for handling (I have a short length, short roof with rear AC), and I hear the Transit is very similar. I will never go to a non-Euro van if I can help it...no Chevy Express or that horrendous Nissan for me.

Looking at the specs, the mid-roof Transit looks to actually be taller than the Sprinter as it is almost 8ft 5in and my Sprinter is 8ft 5in but that's the rear AC that sits on the roof.

I love the fact that the Transit shares it's engine with a F150, that means I can get it serviced just about anywhere if I have problems...only certain MB dealers work with Sprinters and there are 4 Ford dealers within 15 miles of my house.

Oil changes aren't as bad as some will say, I have to put 13 Qts in every 10k miles, sometimes I can get the special oil for $6 a Qt, most of the time it's closer to $8 a Qt. The newer Sprinters have fuel filters that have to be changed every 10k and they're about $100 apiece. A dealer will charge $400 to do this.

I'm hoping that the Transit lives up to my expectations and I can trade in my 2008 Sprinter for one later this year.
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I have a Sprinter for a family van. We have 8 kids, so the noise cancelling feature would be nice. I'll start off with...I love my Sprinter, but I live in fear of it having a major issue. I don't live near a dealer (100 miles) and when I travel I greatly fear the possibility of a breakdown. I have a 2008 and bought it new in 2009

I have yet to drive a Transit because I can't find a wagon near me without having to take half a day to get there and test it out...right now I just don't have time.

The Sprinter is fantastic for handling (I have a short length, short roof with rear AC), and I hear the Transit is very similar. I will never go to a non-Euro van if I can help it...no Chevy Express or that horrendous Nissan for me.

Looking at the specs, the mid-roof Transit looks to actually be taller than the Sprinter as it is almost 8ft 5in and my Sprinter is 8ft 5in but that's the rear AC that sits on the roof.

I love the fact that the Transit shares it's engine with a F150, that means I can get it serviced just about anywhere if I have problems...only certain MB dealers work with Sprinters and there are 4 Ford dealers within 15 miles of my house.

Oil changes aren't as bad as some will say, I have to put 13 Qts in every 10k miles, sometimes I can get the special oil for $6 a Qt, most of the time it's closer to $8 a Qt. The newer Sprinters have fuel filters that have to be changed every 10k and they're about $100 apiece. A dealer will charge $400 to do this.

I'm hoping that the Transit lives up to my expectations and I can trade in my 2008 Sprinter for one later this year.
I also had a 08 Sprinter which I sold. You will be pleasntly surprised with the Transit. I thought the handling of the Sprinter was fine. Did not expect the Transit to be any different but it is. Much better handling. You will also appreciate a quality automatic. Nothing like the old Nag1 in Sprinter. Instrumentation is better. Drive one.

Only complaints about Transit so far are minor. No rear door handle, cargo lights do not have switch, harder to move from driver's seat to back.

2015 high roof 148" WB 3.5 Ecoboost 3.31 LS rear cargo.
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We have 8 kids,
Lucky for you, the Transit comes in 'school bus yellow' option color.

Can't get that with the Sprinter....
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Lucky for you, the Transit comes in 'school bus yellow' option color.

Can't get that with the Sprinter....
Only fleet orders I believe.


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Only fleet orders I believe.

Yup, fleet only. I was told it's just for vans purchased with the school bus package but I'm not sure that's accurate.
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Lucky for you, the Transit comes in 'school bus yellow' option color.

I know!!!



My friend solved the mystery of where these vans came from - Stanley Steamer. They are a carpet cleaning company, not sure if they are nationwide. He saw one last week kitted out just like mine but with their logos on the side.

Thanks Stanley Steamer!
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Transit has won some best in show awards. I first looked at Sprinter but wasn't sure I wanted to split with that much cash. Then the dealerships in my area (South Florida) all said they had orders in for 30 - 40 each and Mercedes had just told them how few they would be getting (more like 3-4 each). Just didn't want that hassle. That's when I found the Ford Transit.... so many great expert reviews about it's handling, and being handicapped and at times not full strength, that's just what I need.
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"10. More Ford dealers I can park at to stealth city camp."

Haha Dave, I love it--brilliant!!
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