1990 Ford Transit LWB 2.5 diesel


Popular van back in the day


Various dashboard plastic parts coming loose.

Noisy differential near the end, but never gave any trouble.

Suspension parts and brakes replaced.

Normal wear and tear including oil changes and so on.

General Comments:

This was my father's van bought for the company at only a couple of years old. Straight off the bat it wasn't looked after despite having only 10K miles on it. It was already very rough, being used as a builder's van, and now it was going to be used as an electrical engineer's vans for the rest of its life.

This Transit stood up to everyday use and abuse well. The dashboard took a lot of abuse, as well as the rear panels that were later wood lined to stop the already hundreds of dents getting any worse.

To drive the 2.5 diesel engine gave decent economy, but was by no means fast, however it had enough torque in a sense that even when fully loaded with lots of weight, there was not much difference. Most vans really bog down when fully loaded, but this van took the weight in its stride, and it's no wonder through the 80s and 90s and even today the Transit is still a very popular sight on UK roads.

However you won't see many of these early 90s examples about anymore. Some were converted to motorhomes, but most ended up scrapped at around 10 years old, with over 100K miles seeming to be an average lifespan. I always remember this one as being particularly tough though, making it to nearly 200K despite a hard life. The only real problem was the differential gets noisy on these vans as they get older, but this was the case for most rear wheel drive big vans back in the day. Overall however it had a good run and gave little trouble; always have good memories of these vans.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2016

1995 Ford Transit T80 2.5 diesel


Front discs.

Diesel injector, simply cracked, spraying the engine; what a mess!

Heater fan control switch melted.

Keys wear out too quickly, leaving you locked out!

Ignition key barrel disintegrated, leaving me stranded in the country.

Alternator was all done at 140,000; refurb, sorted!

General Comments:

I could drive the Transit for mile after mile and it never misses a beat, however when it does decide to break down, then it can cause major problems. I run it on new cooking oil and it gives good economy.

Very slow, but the engine is pretty much bullet proof, and keeps going no matter how much punishment it's given.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2008

1997 Ford Transit 150 2.5D


Transits work and work and work


Very little mechanical problems considering the mileage covered. It's on its third engine and second rear axle, gearbox still original.

Biggest problem with Transits appears to be chassis rust. I have had several stints of welding done to this Transit as I did with my previous one.

General Comments:

Transits are the workhorse of the world; not fast or powerful, but sufficient and efficient.

My Transits having done galactic miles have always got me to my destination, and need minimal repair and maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2007

2003 Ford Transit T280 100 2.0 turbo diesel


Comfortable, but poor fuel economy


Gearbox selector bearing, clutch 58,000 miles.

General Comments:

This van is a very comfortable drive, much better than the Berlingo I had before.

Comforts are, electric windows, mirrors, central locking, and CD player, which all still work fine.

Fuel economy is not very good; the best I got was 600 miles on a full tank driving carefully at 60 mph. Normal runarounds get around 25 - 30 gallon.

The engine always starts first time and is the most reliable. Best top speed 102 mph.

Body work dents easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2007

2005 Ford Transit T300 SWB MR 2.0 TDCi 125PS


About as much use as a chocolate fireguard


Service with brakes and replacement bulbs @ 16668.

New clutch @ 16977.

New injectors, solenoid and engine @ 23000.

General Comments:

Initial thoughts were "what a great van", nippy for a fairly big van, great turning circle, good visibility, all the bells and whistles you could hope for (LX model).

Great load area - fancy it's a bit wider than the sprinter - good for racks on both sides. Dopey little knob on inside of sliding side door though - keeps getting knocked to locked position, meaning I have to clamber in through the back doors to unlock side door, then back out and round to open up the side to get my tools out.

Then got it serviced - needed couple of new tyres and the front pads doing (fair enough I thought, I admit, I do carry a lot of weight for work). Going to work, morning rush hour, maybe a week or two later - and I'm thinking - eh? Doesn't seem to be pulling... no this ain't happenin' - clutch had gone.

A few months pass, and I'm back into the frame of mind: "aaw what a van", stopped for lunch, got back in, started up, and plumes of white smoke, juddering like mad at idle, give it some gas and you only get more smoke, no more revs to speak of. RAC came out - said state of the fuel filter was terrible. Ford "service" for you I guess. Couldn't fix it @ roadside, towed off to Ford garage. Two weeks later, just heard back that despite changing injectors, solenoid and mention of injector pump, dealer now wants to change engine. And they're quibbling about the warranty.

I'm self employed, lost work through the van being off the road, first baby just arrived and really could go bust over this. Not impressed. Backbone of Britain? Crap. Knew I should've bought a VW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th September, 2007