After acquiring a buyer's guide with help of VanCrewMan I've spent hours reading the forum, visited every Ford Dealer in my city, and just finished reading all the posts as far as the 26th page about Transit quirks just for good measure.
My wife and I first disappointed to learn 60-40 doors unavailable except for LR. But not a show stopper by itself. Next, me be disappointed to realize no escape from the dorky looking small tire situation. WTF is Ford thinking to limit the wheel well size so drastically?!
The show stopper for us however is the inability to install swivel seats on both sides due to the hand brake problem.
Quite frustrating because I crave to own a Transit for its excellent mechanical features. My intention was to buy the eco-boost with limited slip differential.
I'm haunted by the fear now that in a couple of years Ford will introduce enough improvements that I will forever regret taking the plunge on what amounts to an introductory version of what's to become a much improved vehicle.
Now looking for a relatively low cost, low mileage meanwhile vehicle to hold us over until then. Given that the sand is mostly at the bottom of our hourglass, this is not a welcome change of plans. Fie on you FORD!
the 2017s are suppose to have more room between the seats, i do not know if that means they did anything with the parking brake? but either it means narrower seats or they redesigned the parking brake handle! just something to look into
Thanks for pointing that info out to me Michael. I'd seen it back when I first began reading the forum but at the time it seemed too daunting. I see now it is something I can easily do myself and I'm back in the hunt. I'd still prefer to have larger wheels but if Ford thinks they are adequate so be it.
Now my question is whether or not the 10 way power seats would still be amenable to the DIY swivel modifications or not. Pay the extra for those or plan to upgrade to a better grade of after market captains seats? - or just be happy with whatever it comes with. Time to go sit in some Transits at a local Ford dealer.
I bought the 21D seat option with 2 way manual adjust with lumbar and armrest. Seats are comfortable IMO. Did not need power seats because I will do 98% of the driving. Will add 1" spacers between the seat and the seat base to raise seat up higher. Did not buy the side air bags so under passenger seat does not have any wiring. That made it possible to make my own design swivel passenger seat. Do not need a swivel driver seat with my conversion layout.
2015 high roof 148" WB 3.5 Ecoboost 3.31 LS rear cargo.
Today I finally encountered your posts about building your own swivel base. It gave me a little relief/closure when at the end you advised that for the ultimate expense and time you might as well have purchased one. I say that because seeing how simple a swivel mount appears to be for them to stamp out and construct it frosts me they are so expensive. It had me wondering if I couldn't build one myself for less expense. I'm guessing I'd have more regrets than you expressed because although I'm a confident wood worker, I have no hands on experience with metal and was figuring I'd have to resort to third party assistance. Now I can abandon that idea.