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Hi all, any help you can provide me will be much appreciated! We are looking at purchasing a new 2019 Transit wagon. We have ordered a Transit at our local dealer but are having second thoughts. We currently own a Toyota 4runner, but unfortunately is much too small for our needs. We will use the Transit to travel in as there will be two adults and three large dogs on board. Our fear is the quality and reliability of the van. For all the owners out there, can you give me your input on this van? Any thoughts would be so much Appreciated! Just so everyone knows, we ordered a short wheelbase, low roof wagon with a Ecoboost engine.
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Hi all, any help you can provide me will be much appreciated! We are looking at purchasing a new 2019 Transit wagon. We have ordered a Transit at our local dealer but are having second thoughts. We currently own a Toyota 4runner, but unfortunately is much too small for our needs. We will use the Transit to travel in as there will be two adults and three large dogs on board. Our fear is the quality and reliability of the van. For all the owners out there, can you give me your input on this van? Any thoughts would be so much Appreciated! Just so everyone knows, we ordered a short wheelbase, low roof wagon with a Ecoboost engine.
Thank you everyone!
Change the order to a 2020.

Many upgrades.

Order book should open next month, get it maybe September.

You made the right choice, very reliable and fun to drive.


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I'm just the opposite. I would NEVER buy the first year of a new generation of anything and usually still don't like the second year until all of the bugs get worked out of the "new stuff" they installed.


With that being said, there are good and bad in everything. There are many extremely high mileage (200k-300k+) Transit owners in this group.
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You can't order a 2020 model Transit until July 17th and the first production models would not be built until October.

Expect a 5% increase in price on the base price and NO expected rebates for at least 3 months. The AWD models being a high demand vehicle will possibly sell at MSRP through some dealers as if their allocation number is low, they will want to get the best price out of their few sold Transits.

Advantage of the 2019 model is you will have some good rebates and through Matt Ford we have a dealer discounted price.
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I'm just the opposite. I would NEVER buy the first year of a new generation of anything and usually still don't like the second year until all of the bugs get worked out of the "new stuff" they installed.


With that being said, there are good and bad in everything. There are many extremely high mileage (200k-300k+) Transit owners in this group.
I agree, but, most of the bits on the 2020 are fully tested. Yes, a lot of surface bits changed but underneath I doubt there is that much difference.

I could be wrong though. It would not be unprecedented.
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I agree, but, most of the bits on the 2020 are fully tested. Yes, a lot of surface bits changed but underneath I doubt there is that much difference.
I could be wrong though. It would not be unprecedented.
When CHRYSLER totally redid their minivan line, we bought one of the first ones (2008) off the production line and drove it trouble free for 8 years and 160,000 miles when we sold it and bought our first transit Wagon. I trust the extensive R&D work that happens years before production, and for the minor issues that may occur, I trust the manufacturer warranty.

Edit: now that I think of it, I also bought one of the first FORD 2005 Super Duty trucks which were almost all new under the skin (frame, suspension, brakes, engine, transmission, etc) and it was also stellar for the 14 years I enjoyed it.

Edit x2: Rounding out experiences with the 3 big US manufacturers, I got one of the first brand-new CHEVY S-10 trucks in 1982, which also served me well with zero first year of a new vehicle or generation issues.

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Reliability doesn't seem to be much of a concern, there are few stories of Transits dying on the side of the road with less than 100k miles. There ARE a few, but very few.
Quality is a different matter, these are assembled mostly in America so there are misaligned panels, inconsistent paint, and other cosmetic issues that make it past the permissive quality control.
The biggest disappointment for buyers coming from foreign vehicle ownership is the crappy mpg; you will get 15-16 average. And for me, the horribly wide turning radius in comparison to my previous van that was the same size. But the trade off is a larger vehicle, and with the ecoboost in a short-short you will be able to drag race all the delinquents in your neighborhood.
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Just a heads up; there's a MR Transit WITH all the "conversion" equipment included for sale on the Seattle craigslist for $27k, it has 3500 miles.

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Thank you for all the info so far everybody! Glad to hear the Transit is doing pretty well. We gave some thought about the upcoming 2020 model, but decided against it because we knew it would cost us more and some of the changes worried us since they are relatively new components, such as the 10 speed automatic.
But that being said, we look forward to having all the room and power we'll need for our trips!
Thanks Everyone!
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