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I didn't know about Transit wagon till about 1 week ago and found a diesel at my local dealer. took advantage of month end deal...i least I think I did. I didn't want to pay for the 4k premium on diesel option as it will take 350k miles to breakeven vs EcoBoost. but dealer made this deal appealing to me.

Black, XL, LR, 3.31, tow package, inverter back up sensor/camera....very basic but have what I need. I really like it so far. Always got a soft spot for diesel and now this will scratch that itch. It will be mainly used for extended family/group trip.

245 miles at time of delivery. Drove about 75 miles so far with mostly highway but 1/3 in stop and go traffic, no load, computer reads 23-25 mpg. I am pretty gentle on the gas pedal and speed below 65mph.
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Welcome, glad you are posting about your experiences so far. Keep it up, and let us all know what you think of the diesel in general, the mileage etc as time goes by.
I know when I drove the Transit diesel I was really impressed. It was a 350 DRW long & tall. Drove wonderful.

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Awesome that you got the diesel, and for a deal too. Keep posting about your experience with it. Many would be happy to hear real world owner thoughts. MPG isn't too bad at all.
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I didn't want to pay for the 4k premium on diesel option as it will take 350k miles to breakeven vs EcoBoost. but dealer made this deal appealing to me.
my guess based on the limited info that we have so far and based on my previous experience with diesel vs ecoboost mpg numbers in trucks is that it wont take nearly that long to recoup the outlay. that 350 number assumes that you are getting 1-3 mpg better. my guess is that under any load you might be getting upwards of 6-9mpg better.

then people bring up the expensive repairs etc of a diesel... yatti yatti... like a dual turbo gasser doesn't ? just sayin'. I know there will be people that disagree. The warranty periods and or getting the ford extended warranty can avoid some of these issues and then on top of that most problem with build issues on a diesel(or any engine) will get flushed out in the first few years and fixed under warranty.

And I hear what they are saying it sounds all logical and I want to get the fun ecoboost...but they are making these logical assumptions with half the data needed. And I think it, the ecoboost, will fall well short on the mpg under load more than what they want to admit. the truth is that we wont know the durability and longevity and mpg of these vans for a while with many true hand calculated numbers and most importantly numbers with gear ratios and load weights attached to them.

in a nutshell congrats on making a great decision! I don't think you will be disappointed.
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To Bigstack, you got pretty close to my breakeven calculation. I think i have the them pegged at 20 vs 16...but I also have regular gas vs diesel premium of around $3 vs $2.6 in my area. Regardless, I just have to scratch the diesel itch at some point ant it might be with this big van.

I test drove Nissan NVP with the thirsty 5.6 V8, even with the leather interior and cheaper price, I somehow just can't seem to make myself wanting it. well...it's a gamble either way so I hope it all works out. Now, I just have to find some good place to tweak my new Transit to make it a bit more special, like some simple mods in lighting, wheels to replace the ugly factory steely. any ideas where to look? thanks again.

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Thanks all....

To Bigstack, you got pretty close to my breakeven calculation. I think i have the them pegged at 20 vs 16...but I also have regular gas vs diesel premium of around $3 vs $2.6 in my area. Regardless, I just have to scratch the diesel itch at some point ant it might be with this big van.

I test drove Nissan NVP with the thirsty 5.6 V8, even with the leather interior and cheaper price, I somehow just can't seem to make myself wanting it. well...it's a gamble either way so I hope it all works out. Now, I just have to find some good place to tweak my new Transit to make it a bit more special, like some simple mods in lighting, wheels to replace the ugly factory steely. any ideas where to look? thanks again.

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Exactly what sort of lighting modifications do you want to do?
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Exactly what sort of lighting modifications do you want to do?
oh...may like some marker lights on top or along side of van...silly things like that or to make headlight brighter. the headlight is pretty weak.
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Thanks all....

To Bigstack, you got pretty close to my breakeven calculation. I think i have the them pegged at 20 vs 16...but I also have regular gas vs diesel premium of around $3 vs $2.6 in my area. Regardless, I just have to scratch the diesel itch at some point ant it might be with this big van.

I test drove Nissan NVP with the thirsty 5.6 V8, even with the leather interior and cheaper price, I somehow just can't seem to make myself wanting it. well...it's a gamble either way so I hope it all works out. Now, I just have to find some good place to tweak my new Transit to make it a bit more special, like some simple mods in lighting, wheels to replace the ugly factory steely. any ideas where to look? thanks again.

Rich
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