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Rear departure angle?

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I've looked around a bit, have not found this info anywhere.

I'm looking for the departure angle for the rear of the long wheelbase Transit. Preferably for both the long and extended bodies.

We have a slightly uphill driveway and I'd like to see if I have a chance of getting a van (any of 'em, really) in the driveway without grabbing one on a test drive.

Heck, it could really decide whether I continue with my plans and ideas for a DIY conversion.
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Nothing tested directly with any local Transits. I was satisfied enough for now with my measurements of driveway angle and what we figured out for the rear of the Transit.

And to be honest, if we were forced to choose one of the three vans right now, it would be the ProMaster; so now I need to find the same info for it.

(in other tidbits, the sloped driveway was certainly interesting this morning as we had freezing rain last night, about 1/4" of ice covering everything. I back my car in and park it in the driveway, was fun sliding downhill to the door handle and then trying to open the stuck door, all with my feet on ice)
What made you decide to go Promaster over Transit? I hear it's a good van but I just can't get past the hideous front end. Something about the spacing between the top edge of the headlight lens and the windshield not being consistent makes it look like they were designed for a different vehicle.

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Without thinking about it too much...

  • The more I looked at it, the more I liked it. The more I looked at the Transit, the uglier it became. (especially after seeing a few of each model on the road)
  • The med roof Transit was too short inside, the high roof looks like a mobile apartment block, especially in the LWB extended. The height of the PM works well, inside and out.
  • Longer wheelbase - possibly a better ride, and a shorter rear overhang (to come back to thread topic). Boggles me that the long wb Transit is only 148".
  • Front wheel drive - very short nose and front end provide shorter van overall, and I think also contributes to the shorter overhang (even on the extended length)
  • Didn't measure it, but marketing and by feel the entry seems lower, both side door and rear
  • Size - just a wee bit wider than the others, and the walls are closer to vertical
  • Dealership - nicer guys at the Ram dealer than at the Ford dealer
  • Simpler, with less options - sounds a bit odd, especially since we checked almost all the available options, but I've mentioned elsewhere that with the three different engine options and three (or four?) rear end ratios, there's an "analysis paralysis" with the Ford. And also all the electronic goodie options that I'd be hard-pressed to resist, but don't really need.
  • Diesel with the automated manual transmission - drove it, loved it.
OMG "analysis paralysis" lofl. That hits so close to home I'm going to steal that.

I've been driving an E250 for 10 years and I'm dying to have a vehicle with power windows/locks and maybe even go crazy and get remote start. That's the one thing that keeps me from buying the Sprinter is that it's too utilitarian. I want all the bells and whistles I can get because at this point in my career I'm betting this is the last work truck I'll be buying and I've earned some creature comforts. The 4X4 Sprinter coming out soon looks really enticing too.

analysis paralysis
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