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Old 11-11-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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An excellent tow vehicle with lots of room inside was the E-350 Econoline Van with 7.3L diesel engine. If you missed out on one of those, then plan ahead and pick up a 2015 Ford Transit. Diesel engine will be available, and so will the current 3.5L EcoBoost engine from the F-150.

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The Transit full-sized commercial van is scheduled to arrive in mid-2014, replacing the E series. The Transit will significantly increase options for Ford commercial vehicle customers, who will be able to choose from three body lengths, two wheelbases, three roof heights and van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway versions. Ford will offer a diesel option -- a 3.2-liter, five-cylinder Power Stroke. Ford also will offer a 3.7-liter gasoline-powered V-6 and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. All engines will be teamed with to a six-speed automatic.
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With that small of an engine and body, I'm guessing 6,000 lbs. max tow capacity.
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With that small of an engine and body, I'm guessing 6,000 lbs. max tow capacity.
Yeah, it's designed as a work van for plumbers, electricians, etc., and it comes in a passenger version to use as a mini-bus. Work vans often tow utility trailers that gross up to around 5,000 or 6,000 pounds, so that's probably what it's designed for. There are lots of smaller TTs available that gross in the ballpark of 6,000 pounds. My Sunline Nomad Joey 19.6S has GVWR of 5,600 pounds, and actually weighs less than 5,000 pounds when on long RV trips. The Transit with the right drivetrain would probably handle it just fine.

Way back when, I had a 1978 Audi 5000S with 5-cylinder diesel engine. Gutless wonder, but it wasn't a turbo-charged PowerStoke. The Porsche/Audi dealer in Denver charged an arm and a leg to keep it tuned up - mainly mechanical valve adjustments. That diesel Audi was very heavy on the front axle, and it was front wheel drive, so with good winter tires it could go almost anywhere in the snow and ice. It was as good as any 4x4 Jeep if you didn't get it high-centered in a snowbank. It often took us over the snow-covered Rockies to the ski slopes in the wintertime.
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I used to have to work on Audis. Don't get me started... Grrrr...
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I used to have to work on Audis. Don't get me started... Grrrr...
I installed a power steering rack on a buddies A4 with a V6. That was NOT an enjoyable job at all.
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I used to have to work on Audis. Don't get me started... Grrrr...
I once had to r&r trans from an A4. Last tech forgot to fill final drive, NOT FUN
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I had to work on the old 100. Inboard disc brakes.
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Did you guys see the top gear episode when a transit was taken around the Nurimburg circle track at just over 10 minutes? The track is a road course that is 12 miles long!
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You mean Nurburgring? I thought it was nine minutes. 9:02 if I remember correctly. The funniest was them passing the motorcycle!
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You mean Nurburgring? I thought it was nine minutes. 9:02 if I remember correctly. The funniest was them passing the motorcycle!
Not sure but I will review Top Gear UK.
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It was under ten minutes.
Here's part one.
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