- Vans – Transit Connect
Thinking of replacing our 2nd car with a Van and really like the look of the Transit Connect. Would have to be the Double Cab In Van as could do with the flexibility of the extra seats. Thought about the 3 seats up front but don’t think that’s comfy for the passenger and the middle seat doesn’t look like it would fit the ISO fix base for the sprog.
Is the SWB long enough for chucking bikes in? Obviously the LWB would be better but there are less of them about.
Anyone got one what are your thoughts on them?
I have looked at the tourneo connect but I just think it looks so ugly and too much like a family bus and not sure I can deal with the shame of driving it! (Pathetic I know)
The Caddy maxi is another option but would rather avoid the VW tax.Posted 1 month ago
Go long wheelbase if you can. Yeah you can chuck old school 26″ MTBs in a Swb connect but modern longer bikes are going to be a struggle in larger sizes.
I’m currently using a 2019 L2 Connect. It’s pretty good on fuel, the digital radio developed total memory loss which took ford ages to sort out.Posted 1 month ago
The centre console, like other fords drives me nuts with my knee/calf constantly rubbing it if I don’t sit in a very specific way.
There’s no rear view mirror in mine which means a massive gap between the sun visors which can be a nightmare with low winter sun.
Aside from that it’s a nice drive with supple suspension and way better than the two caddy’s I’ve used, only done 22kmiles in it so reliability is yet to be proved.
We have a SWB Tourneo Connect that our daughter uses for weekends away. No problems with getting a 29er Enduro with wheels on and sleeping alongside of it with the rear three seats removed. She also has a Decathlon Air shelter for the side of it. Its the 1.6 petrol turbo which uses quite a bit of fuel.
Posted 1 month ago
No problems with getting a 29er Enduro with wheels on and sleeping alongside of it with the rear three seats removed.
Really? My large 650b Aeris is pretty much touching the bulkhead and back doors in the L2 and it’s just long enough to sleep in for a 6′ me. Maybe without the bulkhead it frees up space.Posted 1 month ago
More room without the bulkhead. Looked at the van option and was disappointed with the lack of flexibility and trim. We would have had to take the bulkhead out. With the rear seats you can remove/fold one, two or three. She has even made some blinds for when she is camping in it.Posted 1 month ago
I bloody love mine. L2 van with the 120bhp engine because I wanted the 6 speed box. Great on fuel, mid 50’s, but I do 60 on the motorway because I’m in no particular rush to rag it to work. Don’t really think of it as a 3 seater, not for any distance anyway.
Drives great, comfortable, reliable so far, (66 plate)
Only thing that could be better is head room in the back.Posted 1 month ago
Awful bucket type seats. Hopefully they’ve changed them now.
Only had this one, so can’t compare between different age ones, but I like the driving position, it’s quite nice an upright, supports the backs of your legs so more like sitting in a decent desk chair than a more reclined car pose. Driver seat is quite adjustable in the top-spec version, but I know what you mean about bucket seats, the cushion is fairly narrow. I notice it because mine has a heated seat base, (ooh, posh!) but the squabs aren’t heated so you get a nice warm arse and leg back, but the outside of your thighs remain cold.
Now, if that’s not a first world problem, I don’t know what is! 🤣Posted 1 month agobowglieSubscriber
We’re currently thinking of changing our Mk7 LWB Transit for something smaller and are looking at Vivaro, Transit Custom and VW’s. I’d strongly recommend going LWB if you’ve got the drive space or whatever to accommodate the van.
As far as the Custom goes, my physio’s husband has one of the pre-facelift versions, and he’s had terrible back trouble from the drivers seat. I’ve recently tried a facelifted one, and it felt great (but I haven’t done a long journey driving one!). One of the main things that is putting us off the Custom is the super-thin paint and hopeless security on them. Recently had the locks upgraded on our Transit and the locksmith has just replaced his Ford with a Vivaro. When I mentioned swapping ours for a Custom he said they’re even easier to get into than a Mk7….and that’s saying something! Oh, and he also mentioned the thin paint and susceptibility to corrosion on the Customs.
HTHPosted 1 month ago
I did do a long journey in mine, Cheshire to mid-Belgium with a piss stop and the train break. No comfort issues at all. Recently had the ‘pleasure’ of sitting in a BMW Mini from London to Cheshire. My arse bones were killing before the M25. Like bike saddles, car seats are very individual comfort wise, unfortunately not so easy to change if you get it wrong.Posted 1 month agobowglieSubscriber
Not sure if this is just salesman BS, but we were told the Torneo has more soundproofing than the van. Makes sense if you think of the car like panelling in the back. However, having fitted self adhesive sound deadening and insulation to our Transit van, it’s not a difficult job to do on a stripped out van. As Tracey has mentioned though, the tailgate can be a real bonus in the rain – only thing you have to be aware of is leaving enough space to open it properly.
Oh, and the Torneos have factory fitted windows with the more leak resistant opening side windows – some of the aftermarket opening windows are bobbins.Posted 1 month agobiglee1Member
I’ve had my 65 plate tranny custom limited for a couple of months and so far love it 👍 it’s a swb panel van. I carpeted the rear as well as sound deadening all the panels and floor, it’s got a thunk now instead of a clang if you tap the panels! 😂 I removed the bulkhead and before I did all that found it too noisy, the biggest difference to that I found was the carpet 👍 it’s really well specced being a custom as well ❤️Posted 1 month ago
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