Ford Transit Reviews from UK and Ireland - Page 3 of 3

2001 Ford Transit 300L 2.0L turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0L turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carFord Transit

Summary:

A good load lugger for trade use

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong so far.

General Comments:

I find this model Transit more comfortable, quieter and easier to drive than any previous Transits. My only slight gripe is mine has the 76ps engine and would have been better with the next one up. As a trade van, it's always running with a full load of tools and equipment in the back, so the extra power would be nice. Having said that, the 75ps engine keeps up with traffic OK and returns 29 - 35mpg, depending on circumstances.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2004

2002 Ford Transit Ice Cream Van/Truck 2L turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2L turbo diesel Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carBedford Bedford CF

Summary:

Crap

General Comments:

Thinking of buying a new ice cream van? Then visit the worlds leading specialist vehicle builder here. Satisfaction guaranteed.

But don't automatically buy a Ford Transit; consider having your investment built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The Ford Transit I have is the most uncomfortable vehicle I have ever driven; the driver's seat has given me back problems. Ford's "customer care" is non existent, and the Customer Relationship Centre is a farce. After almost 12 months Ford still have not fixed the problem, and I doubt they are bothered either. The so called "Backbone of Britain" is damaging my backbone. I certainly would never ever recommend a Ford to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd August, 2003

1998 Ford Transit 180 Hightop 2.5 diesel

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 2.5 diesel
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10

Faults:

New speedometer fitted at 3,000 miles (electric speedo).

Complaints of poor heater performance, cabin noise and excessive fuel consumption.

General Comments:

I had a '94 model of the pre-facelifted Transit diesel, and the cabin noise and heater performance were far superior to this model.

Also as an added bonus, the exterior mirrors of the 1994 model cleared of their own accord due to standard fitment deflectors, which are now not fitted to any current model.

All the above problems were reported to the local Ford dealer, who contacted the technical department of Ford UK, and was advised that cost cutting measures such as removing engine soundproofing on the new model were due to the addition of other equipment such as an RDS radio and drivers armrest, and that they had received other complaints of excessive cabin noise.

An interesting note; when the face lifted Transit was launched in 1995, it was quieter than the current model, and I would happily accept a swap for my old company Transit any day of the week. Basically, if you are in the market for a Ford Transit, choose a pre R registered model (before 1998).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th February, 2000

24th Jan 2005, 12:02

All I can say is I cannot agree with your statements. I have owned a 1991, 1995, and now a 2003 transit, and these models have got progressively better. My current 2003 model is fantastic!!! A very powerful yet more economical engine, smoother and quieter. Excellent driving position and ABS to boot!!! The transit is just getting better and better!!!

2nd Jan 2006, 13:23

I agree and the transit rules.

15th Apr 2006, 09:02

1998 Ford transit 2.5 Diesel, turbo, Long Wheel Base and mid roof.

Purchased second hand in 2003, seized the engine when it lost coolant via the water pump seal, temperature indicator reading normal. $7000.00 to replace.

Lucas Epic fuel injector pump leaking, $2210.00 to refurbish and refit.

Air conditioner / heater / fresh air control not working, fuses OK, suspect switch and prone to melting cable joint behind the switch.

Differential Howls at all speeds, seems this is normal.

Speedometer never worked, only shows 60 kph even when travelling at 100 kph (electronics) OK, problem is mechanical within the speedometer.

Alternator replaced, Starter motor replaced, seems this is also normal.

Any parts are very very over priced, and difficult to find a mechanic who will work on them outside of the Ford dealers, who charge high prices by comparison.

Apart from the above the vehicle is great to drive, comfortable, powerful, not over heavy on fuel considering the speed and loads.

Will I buy another?

Not a chance.

31st Aug 2006, 21:42

I run a '93 facelift transit. All I've had to fix in the 30,000 miles I've had it is the resistor for the heater motor and replace the original Ford clutch at 120,000 miles.

Diff whine comes as standard, and it's slow and rust prone, but for reliability and economy it's amazing.

23rd Feb 2008, 17:29

It has to be said, the pre-smiley transits were far more durable and reliable. before they started faffing about with egr valves, dual mass flywheels, EPIC pumps etc

Bodywork durability seemed also to get worse leading up to the new model in 2000.

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