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Ford Transit Connect coming on american soil

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#1 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:50 AM

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You can read about it and see the picture gallery at :
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This one looks like a real contender for the "ultimate Steaditruck" in North America. At last, they bring in America one of the many trucks I drool over when I go to Europe.
I'll watch this one for sure when it arrives.
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#2 RonBaldwin


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Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:06 AM

it blows that the diesel won't be sold here in the us -- I'm sure you'll be able to get one.
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#3 Jon Beattie

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:22 AM

It is disapointing that they won't offer a diesel version in the States.

Ideally I'd like to see an AWD version in either a hybrid, turbo diesel or some combo there of.

Looks like a good size otherwise.

Its sad how such a weak engine is still barely breaking the 20mpg maker.

I'm also a bit warry of any vehicle I may not be able to regisiter as a private vehicle. Commerical insurance is cheap, but I like my parkways.

I'll stick with my Subaru for now.
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#4 Charles Papert

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:39 PM

Great size for Steadicam though. Being able to wheel a built cart up ramps is an enviable trait and one that currently requires a much larger vehicle than this.
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#5 Kurt Warner

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 04:11 PM


Wow, I Love it. The cargo area nice and rooooomy.
I found web site ( Below) that put the selling price for a 2010 in early 2009 at 12k-16k USD. I'd love a Dodge Sprinter with that great diesel but 30K, No Way!

Link : http://consumerguide...sit-connect.htm
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#6 G. Grammatikos

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 06:10 AM

i use the transit conect about 4 years now its an excellent car for steadi work big doors beautiful engine ,soft starts soft change and soft breaks when you are use it for shooting with steadicam ,marvelus and quick for any travel (you forget that you drive a van),but no space for sleep! (IF YOU NEED TO SLEEP IN THE CABIN )and one more , the back doors open in 180 deegrees but if you asked its a special model that doors open in 270 deegres (very useful if you are shooting from the back door
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#7 Collin Miller

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 06:59 AM

Seems like a great Steadicam ops van. How much is it going to cost?
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:54 PM

It says in the Consumer Guide article that it is estimated to be around $12k before options added, very cool!
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#9 Ramon Engle

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 04:53 PM

Even with the poor gas mileage I would purchase one tomorrow if it were available. I currently drive a Honda Element wich is great but I do have to break everything down everytime I load or unload. I'm not getting any younger and being able to leave a cart with drawers and a cabinet built would be a god send.
It would be worth it for me to sell my Element for $14K, buy the Transit for $14K and then purchase a small 40 mile to the gallon vehicle. I'd be happy to make the sacrifice financially. And we, my wife and I would have to make sacrifices.
Here in Atlanta we just went through a 4 week period where gas was not only expensive but scarce due to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The Gulf Pipeline was compromised as a result of the storms. If you could find gas you waited in line for 45 minutes to an hour to fill up.
With the technology, brain power and ingenuity we have in the US there's no good reason we shouldn't be driving vehicles that don't use fossil fuel. I sure hope Detroit wises up and breaks their allegiance with big oil and begins to persue the proper R&D to deliver a viable vehicle alternative that's effecient and affordable. Until now there hasn't been a big incentive. Once you hit middle America in the wallet you'll get a reaction. Here in the US fuel of almost every type has been very cheap.Historically the rest of the world has payed a much higher premium for fuel. We've been insulated unitl lately.
Too bad it's taken such a kick in the head to get this country thinking greener.

Sorry for the rant but I feel better.

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#10 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:38 PM

,but no space for sleep!

You can sleep on the top shelf of your built magliner... very nice!!!

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#11 luis castro

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 11:19 PM

for me MyFiat doblo sell in london and europa is great

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#12 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:45 AM

Here's something interesting I found on CNET today:

Ford Transit Connect Goes Electric In 2010
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#13 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:52 AM

Here's something interesting I found on CNET today:

Ford Transit Connect Goes Electric In 2010

Funny you post this Robert, I took pictures of it at the Detroit auto show, it's very cool little truck, bummer it's a ford though....LOL...

I may have to add one to my garage and use the little Smarty for fun
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#14 Jamie Hammond

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:55 PM

Being in the UK the Ford Connect is everywhere. A couple of years ago I looked into buying one. I had a good look round it and it seemed plenty big enough for me to roll the Magliner in and have it racked for kit. It was only until my son pointed out that it looked very similar to the van a popular UK kids TV show character drives that I decided that two seats wasn't enough and the VW Transporter was the way to go......

check it out....


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#15 Erwin Landau

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 12:22 AM

VW Transporter... That's the one I drive... would love to split it into a Caddy and a Golf... oh well.

Anyhow, these guys are missing the point somehow:

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