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While waiting for the Transit I was considering having a look at the Nissan NV 1500 V6 low roof. I read a couple of owner reviews, then began looking at the dimensions & specs. I was shocked to see it weighs 5791 lbs. empty! The Transit low roof, short wheelbase, V6 is listed as weighing 4950 lbs. Even an Econoline is under 5300 lbs.
As someone who carries perhaps 600-1000 lbs. of tools & cargo, loaded in a Transit I would be under the empty weight of the NV. That is one heavy van.
 

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I think weight is where it should be but of course it can be cut, Maybe with the use of aluminum?
 

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I think weight is where it should be but of course it can be cut, Maybe with the use of aluminum?
It seems very heavy to me for a vehicle designed in 2010? The lightest E 150 weighs 5208 lbs. it was designed in about 1991. How can Nissan be that sloppy with a vehicles weight in these fuel conserving times?
 

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It seems very heavy to me for a vehicle designed in 2010? The lightest E 150 weighs 5208 lbs. it was designed in about 1991. How can Nissan be that sloppy with a vehicles weight in these fuel conserving times?
you do make a point, i wonder what factored into the excessive weight, maybe they just wanted to rush it just to leave their stamp in the segment and left refinement for later?
 

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I bought the v6 and it's got plenty of power for my needs.

It's really comfortable compared to a normal van.

The thing is an absolute beast. You don't realize how big it is until you walk up to it.
 

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I bought the v6 and it's got plenty of power for my needs.

It's really comfortable compared to a normal van.

The thing is an absolute beast. You don't realize how big it is until you walk up to it.
How is power and torque on it going up hill?
 

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Haven't really tested it yet. But it feels pretty stout. There were two short (1/2 mile) but steep hills to climb on the way home from the dealership and it didn't break a sweat climbing those.


Once I finish the camper conversion, I will regularly be going over Carson Pass (8650' Elev.)
in the Sierras to my fishing spots, towing a 2500 lb boat. I don't foresee any problems with that.
 

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Haven't really tested it yet. But it feels pretty stout. There were two short (1/2 mile) but steep hills to climb on the way home from the dealership and it didn't break a sweat climbing those.


Once I finish the camper conversion, I will regularly be going over Carson Pass (8650' Elev.)
in the Sierras to my fishing spots, towing a 2500 lb boat. I don't foresee any problems with that.
Not bad so far.
I've been waiting on a long-term test drive review to hear from the pro's how it is, but nothing yet.

At least through your experience it's good .
 

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Whats the turn around time on your camper conversion?

That depends on how lazy I am, as I'll be doing it myself. I'll be using it for weekend fishing trips with no plans for long term camping for another 5 years until I retire. So I will be keeping it simple.


I've been doing big van research for about a year now and here's how I wound up with a NV.


I drove both the I4 and V6 Sprinters. They're very nice BUT owner feedback was so damning that I just
don't trust them, and I'm just outraged at MB pricing before and after the sale. That combined with the crippling amount of emission control crap that the new diesels are burdened with, and $ differential of gas vs diesel, took the Benz and all other diesel vans out of the running.


I really like the Promaster and I think it has a lot of potential if it shows good reliability. But it is the most uncomfortable vehicle I've ever driven. I'm 6'4" and apparently Ram isn't too interested in the big guy market. So the PM was out.


So I was waiting on the Transit. When the pricing data started leaking out on this website, I did a bit of
"build and price" research. I was bumping into the $40k wall pretty easily.


When I started looking for a jumbo van, the NV wasn't really on the radar. I was looking for a longer cargo area. But at this point I thought I probably ought to at least drive one before I committed to the Transit. The wife and I test drove one on a Saturday.
I was very impressed and she really liked it


I bought one on Monday. It's a High Roof 2500 V6 S
with $1200 of options.


I paid $25,300 + tax/lic. They aren't selling all that well, so the boys at the dealerships are pretty motivated.


Sure, I would like the extra 2' of cargo length of the Transit. But not enough to pay an extra $15k for it.


The NV may not be the right rig for everybody, but it will work just fine for my needs. I'd recommend that you guys test drive one before you make your final decisions.


I'm finding it less hideous looking every day ! :)
 

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Here are the weights for the transit connect

short wheel base - 3467

long wheelbase - 3580

short wheel wagon - 3630

long wheel wagon 3979
 

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That depends on how lazy I am, as I'll be doing it myself. I'll be using it for weekend fishing trips with no plans for long term camping for another 5 years until I retire. So I will be keeping it simple.


I've been doing big van research for about a year now and here's how I wound up with a NV.


I drove both the I4 and V6 Sprinters. They're very nice BUT owner feedback was so damning that I just
don't trust them, and I'm just outraged at MB pricing before and after the sale. That combined with the crippling amount of emission control crap that the new diesels are burdened with, and $ differential of gas vs diesel, took the Benz and all other diesel vans out of the running.


I really like the Promaster and I think it has a lot of potential if it shows good reliability. But it is the most uncomfortable vehicle I've ever driven. I'm 6'4" and apparently Ram isn't too interested in the big guy market. So the PM was out.


So I was waiting on the Transit. When the pricing data started leaking out on this website, I did a bit of
"build and price" research. I was bumping into the $40k wall pretty easily.


When I started looking for a jumbo van, the NV wasn't really on the radar. I was looking for a longer cargo area. But at this point I thought I probably ought to at least drive one before I committed to the Transit. The wife and I test drove one on a Saturday.
I was very impressed and she really liked it


I bought one on Monday. It's a High Roof 2500 V6 S
with $1200 of options.


I paid $25,300 + tax/lic. They aren't selling all that well, so the boys at the dealerships are pretty motivated.


Sure, I would like the extra 2' of cargo length of the Transit. But not enough to pay an extra $15k for it.


The NV may not be the right rig for everybody, but it will work just fine for my needs. I'd recommend that you guys test drive one before you make your final decisions.


I'm finding it less hideous looking every day ! :)
I heard a lot of complaints about the ProMaster, seems like it's ideal for people under 6 feet tall, thats unfortunate since a lot of americans that will be in the market for this are tall, around 6 feet or taller.
 
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