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Old 08-19-2018, 09:15 AM
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Need purchase advice on Transit Connect

hey everyone
im in the market for a work van; Transit Connect of course. I donít have much (any) knowledge about these except that the keys are expensive. And I have a friend that the rack and pinion died and it was expensive.

Please advise me what hat to look for, avoid, etc in my search. Thanks!
 
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:31 PM
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If you can afford it, buy new with a warranty. Research pricing, and negotiate.

If you're buying used.......all bets are off. That's with any car. Who knows what the last owner broke. You will have to trust the dealer selling you the car.
 
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:17 AM
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If you can afford it, buy new with a warranty. Research pricing, and negotiate.

If you're buying used.......all bets are off. That's with any car. Who knows what the last owner broke. You will have to trust the dealer selling you the car.
no way in hell. New cars are for wealthy people and fools. I am neither.
 
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:31 PM
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You might want to take a look at Enterprise rental options. I don't know if they still do, but for a while they were renting Connects and then selling them with fairly low mileage.
 
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A lot companies have been using Transit Connect as a fleet vehicle. Some of them will probably be selling them off as they are 3 - 5 years old, and over 100,000 miles. Those should be a really good deal, as Transit Connects aren't known for high resale value, and commercial vans much more difficult to unload to private owners.
 
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:32 AM
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When I was looking I found some 3 year old rental Connects with around 50,000 miles. I ended up buying new through the Consumer Reports program, toward the end of the model year, and got a very good deal. The decision to buy new was, in part, based on the big changes between the 2010 introductory model and the revised 2014 models--different trans, roof line, and so forth. There was not much difference between buying a one-year-old and a new one.
 
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I suppose there are a lot of ways to buy cars now. I'm not familiar with the Consumer Reports program. I see that a lot of people are now buying cars at Costco. And there are online websites which supposedly find you the best price on cars. Car sales are a grey market. Pricing can vary from one dealership to the next, depending on how they motivated they are to make the deal, to manufacturers incentives and rebates, to how well you can negotiate. I am a bit surprised that you found it more cost effective to buy new. I thought that pricing would drop quite a bit after 3 years of depreciation, and 50,000 miles. At that point, you no longer have a warranty, a lot of service work would be needed, and most wear items would be worn. Brakes, tires, coolant exchange, spark plugs, transmission flush, et cetera.
 
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.... I have a friend that the rack and pinion died and it was expensive.
I bought the Transit from my friend. The transmission died and he couldnít afford to fix it. so I bought it.
2012 Transit Connect with no options. Freaking caveman vehicle- roll up windows, no power locks... blah.
I got it for $500 and I bought a junkyard trans for $1000. I canít decide if I want to keep it and use it, or sell it for a quick profit... what do you all think?
Iíll have less than $2,000 in it when itís complete. I know I could sell it for $3,500+
 
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Finally got the trans installed. Iíve been driving it for a few days. Thereís a lot that I like about this little/big work van.

But still; no power windows, locks, nor cruise control.

Im leaning towards selling this for $3500-4,000 and then buying a nicer Transit Connect for $6-8,000.

Eh, just thought Iíd update everyone...
 
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If it were me, I would just keep it, drive it, and see how long I can get my money's worth out of it. But that's just me. My XL trim level F-150 did not come with power windows, power door locks, cruise control, air conditioning, or transmission cooler. It had an AM only radio, vinyl seats, and plastic interior. More than a decade later, I'm still getting my money's worth out of it. I added a transmission cooler. I added a radio. I cut a patch of scrap carpet for a floor mat. I drive with the windows down on hot days. With the vinyl bench seat, I just make sure that I'm not wearing leather pants. Not that I wear leather pants.

It all depends on what you're doing with your Transit Connect, and if you can live without those things. Otherwise, you could go into the business of flipping cars. Make an extra $1,000 off each car. Then flip 40 of them until you get into something nice.
 
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If it were me, I would just keep it, drive it, and see how long I can get my money's worth out of it. But that's just me. My XL trim level F-150 did not come with power windows, power door locks, cruise control, air conditioning, or transmission cooler. It had an AM only radio, vinyl seats, and plastic interior. More than a decade later, I'm still getting my money's worth out of it. I added a transmission cooler. I added a radio. I cut a patch of scrap carpet for a floor mat. I drive with the windows down on hot days. With the vinyl bench seat, I just make sure that I'm not wearing leather pants. Not that I wear leather pants.

It all depends on what you're doing with your Transit Connect, and if you can live without those things. Otherwise, you could go into the business of flipping cars. Make an extra $1,000 off each car. Then flip 40 of them until you get into something nice.

i like your flipping idea best.
Im not sure how you used your F150, but I need a vehicle thatíll do 40,000+ per year. Thatís 800 miles per week. Thatís 15-25hours of human interaction. Every single week. So, features are important.

Thats why Iím thinking of fixing this van and selling it and getting a better one. Iíll have to fix:

- traction control dash light
- abs dash light
- check engine light (misfire cylinder 2)
- drivers carpet is shredded badly
- front wheel bearings very bad
- LF tire is so bald you can almost see the air inside
- doors and latches need lubed
- antenna is ugly
- some more interior cleaning

then I can sell the beast for about $4grand. (Work trucks are selling 15-25% above KBB all over central Florida).
And then use that $4000 as a down payment on a nice 2014/2015 Transit Connect and get to work.
Good plan?
 
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:28 PM
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It sounds like you know what you want.
 
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Forscan can read ABS codes.
 
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Forscan appears to be a good option.
 
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Dang I just ordered BlueDriver.
I hope it works.
 


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