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Hello all,

Just a quick intro from the PNW ! I am a new owner of a Ford Transit 350HD with the 3.2 diesel. I am a flooring installer on the Oregon coast and have been driving Chevy Express's for the last 20 years. They have been reliable, ( mostly ) and have served their purpose well over the years. I am keeping my last one, a 2006, as a back up, secondary vehicle for the time being. With that said, I had been really looking at an upgrade the last couple years and had been researching the Sprinter for awhile but the price was hard to justify, I had seen a few Transits at the local dealer as well as the Promaster vans but hadn't really looked at them much. Last Nov I got more serious and started looking at various forums, mostly here, and found mostly positives reviews. ( There are always negatives in every brand ) In early Dec I went and test drove a Transit 250 extended high roof at the local dealer with the 3.7, the only extended they had on the lot, as well as ( after talking with the salesman who insisted ) a Promaster 350 ecodiesel extended. I was very impressed with the Transit ! Of course the size of the thing, but even the handling and drivability was a surprise. The Promaster, well, not so much. ( What is up with that funky transmission ?? ) So after the drive I decided I would pursue getting the Transit HD, ( more space = more tools + more materials = a bigger regular payload ) I decided on the diesel over the ecoboost. It was a little difficult never having one before. The local dealer did a search and found one that meet my needs and after some haggling, over a week, we reached an agreement and they had it here in a couple days after that. I spent the next few weeks after work and weekends building and installing shelving that best fit my needs over any of the commercially available units. It's been in service a few weeks now and I love it ! As well as my crew ! While I won't be passing as many motorhomes on the highway this summer I will be pretty happy with the 50% fuel economy increase as a consolation prize. I do have a couple questions about the van that I don't know if I should be concerned with yet. I will post them elsewhere as I passed " a quick intro" a while back.


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