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2002 Ford Transit 350 LWB Hi Top 2.4 TD 125hp

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 TD 125hp Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 407D




3 x sets wheel bearings.

2 x central locking modules.

Battery (after 2 months).

Vacuum pump on engine causing a large oil leak and power steering and brake failure!

Intermittent cold start problems, causing the engine to cut out when cold (never cured).

2 x clutches.

Noisy back axle.

General Comments:

Neither the dealer, or subsequent independent garages have been able to cure the stalling problems, which have been there almost from new. I get the standard answer whenever it goes in for servicing that "It should be fine now". It never is.

This van has cost me a fortune in repairs. The faults list above is not exhaustive, but I cannot remember the rest at the moment. Whenever I call the garage, they seen to say that "it is a common fault on these Transits", whatever I am calling about!

I bought a Transit because I expected reliability and relatively cheap running costs, but I was wrong. I have only kept it so long because whenever I spend a lot of money on it, I think it will be OK for a while. Now I am told the back axle is noisy and may need seeing to in the near future. I am cutting my losses and probably replacing it with a Fiat Ducato or similar, which I also have on my fleet and has given me little to worry about in 60000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th April, 2007

15th Jan 2009, 11:45

Rear axle, 600 scrap, big job as well.

Normal comps, 100 new, easy job.

1993 Ford Transit 80 swb 2.5d

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5d Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles


Dated and slow, but still good


Not a lot... needed new brake pads, load sensing valve etc, but I don't begrudge wear and tear items.

Ford never got to grips with rustproofing on these though, it's needed quite a bit of welding.

If you buy one you plan to keep, then rustproofing is a must. They rust EVERYWHERE.

General Comments:

Noisy and sluggish, may touch 85 mph on a good day and takes an age to get there. Leans on corners, but it's not fair to apply car criteria to a commercial vehicle.

It's the most practical vehicle I have owned, I use it as an everyday car, not commercially.

40-45 mpg means I can forgive it anything.

The driving position is also spot on and reliabilty is all you could ask for. If buying one, rust is the thing to look for.

Secondhand mechanical parts are easy to get hold of. As an indicator of how durable they can be, witness the large amount of older trannies still in everyday use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th December, 2005

31st Aug 2006, 21:36

I just wanted to add, if you have one of these vans, please bear in mind they are staggeringly easy to break into and steal. A simple hammer into the door lock will have it open, failing that they smash the quarterlight windows to gain access. An immobiliser is a must.

18th Sep 2007, 22:13

Mine was a very early mk4 (new generation) and didn't have an EGR valve. I briefly experimented with turning up the pump, but found it too smokey. just learned to live life in the slow lane... got rid in the end after the local pikeys started taking an unhealthy interest in it.

8th Dec 2012, 15:34

40 to 45 MPG!!! 20-25 in reality

2004 Ford Transit 125 t350 2.0 turbo

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Transit




At 800 miles clutch new clutch fitted local garage tried for 8 days to fix fault with engine tick-over in the end field engineer called out reprogrammed computer fault fixed!

5500 miles faulty fuel gauge new dash cluster fitted.

Tick-over problem returns

Computer reprogrammed.

Tick-over WORSE

Told new software due out soon!

At same time gears stiff to engage was told they were OK

Next day tell them about gears still stiff they agree clutch needs replaced AGAIN! (5500 miles)

Same day back to dealer new oil pressure switch fitted

New clutch fitted (6) yes six miles later back to garage with same problem

They tell my they will fit another clutch to which I disagree and contact Ford.

Ford tell them to replace Flywheel

Clutch problem solved (for now)

Engine tick-over still bad Ford field engineer has to look at van again as local garage given up.

In the process of rejecting van have had more than enough PROBLEMS.

Will keep you posted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st March, 2005

18th Aug 2010, 14:10

I think that the garage was at fault, not the van...

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 11 reviews