Waiting for Transits
Just noticed that I mis-titled my post above. Meant to say "Waiting for Transits," not "Waiting for Sprinters."
On this point, I realize now that perhaps the most passionate category of expectant Transit owners are you folks out there who see a new Transit as a blank canvass upon which you can create your own special purpose vehicle for the adventures, hobbies and various unique purposes that you look forward to. The passenger seating issue is of little concern to you because you see all that space behind the two front seats as space to be filled with beds, toilet, cooking equipment, heating and cooling equipment, augmented power, and all the special gear needed for your particular road-going passion. That's great. I admire that. You approach this challenge with the same zeal of someone getting his 40ft sailboat ready for a trip from Los Angeles to Bora Bora. I think of you guys as the "McGiver crowd" -- perpetual tinkerers.
Then there are the electricians, plumbers, roofers, and contractors and trades-people of all description. You want a spacious and reliable vehicle that will make it easier for you to make a living. You are more pragmatic than the group described above. "Just give me a van I can (preferably one I can stand up in) so I can organize my tools and parts and get more work done more efficiently." I understand that need perfectly.
Then there are people like me who are looking for a the 21st Century version of the Ford Country Squire Wagon, the Buick Estate Wagon, the Olds Vista Cruiser Wagon, the Ford Aerostar van, the Chevy Astro/GMC Safari, and the Dodge Grand Caravan, and the VW Vanagon and Eurovan. We want something offer the practicality/ versatility of all these vehicles but exceeds what they offered in terms of usable space. The Ford Expedition EL and the Chevy Suburban/ GMC Yukon XL are alternatives but somehow not quite right.
I had hoped the short, low roof Transit Wagon would be the holy grail to fill this need. Not yet, I'm afraid. I hope Ford continues to refine a version of the Transit to zero in on the market segment I just described.