Ford Transit Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Transit reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Why isn't the turbo in my 2018 Ford Transit working?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Sep 2020

You’re on the right track, Don, with your guess that the whistling noise has something to do with the turbocharger’s bearing. But unfortunately, if you’re right and it’s the turbo bearing that’s making the whistling noise (and I agree with your theory) then a new or rebuilt turbocharger is the only real fix. Turbos have a hard life, dealing with extremes of temperature as well as the requirement to accelerate from almost nothing to anything up to 250,000rpm. The bearings that allow for this are sealed units and – generally – are not serviceable.

But you might be lucky: A lack of turbo boost can be caused by many things, so check the basics like a loose boost pipe before you start tearing the engine apart.

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Why will my 1999 Ford Transit only start when the accelerator is all the way down?

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Sep 2020

The problem could be caused by a whole lot of things, Bill. Have the vehicle scanned to see if any error codes crop up which could then lead you to something like a dodgy fuel pump, worn injectors, a leak in the fuel system somewhere or even a crook sensor that is feeding incorrect information to the computer. To be honest, I’m suspecting a broken throttle-position sensor (TPS), especially as you need to floor the throttle to get the engine to start. Without the TPS working properly, the computer has no way of knowing how much fuel to inject into the engine.

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Is the Ford Transit Connect front wheel drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Feb 2019

Ford's Transit Connect compact panel van range powers the front wheels, rather than being rear wheel drive as per larger more robust vans designed to haul very heavy weights.

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How long is a Ford Transit Connect?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Feb 2019

The short-wheelbase Ford Transit Connect panel van is 4420mm long, while the long-wheelbase variant comes in at 4820mm.

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Where is the Ford Transit Connect made?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Feb 2019

Ford's Transit Connect compact panel vans are built in Turkey and Valencia, Spain.

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Does a 2002 Ford Transit have a cam belt or chain?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Jun 2018

They have a cam timing belt.

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Potential problems with a 2008 Transit

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Aug 2016

Ford claimed the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel would do 8.1 L/100 km on average, their claim for the 2.4-litre engine was 9.4 L/100 km. Be cautious when buying a used commercial vehicle, particularly one that is as old as the one you are looking at. They generally do lots of kilometres, and an eight-year-old one could have done 500,000 km or more. The Transit is known to have problems with turbos, and the timing belt tensioner is a known weakness. If the tensioner fails, it could lead to the chain breaking, and major internal carnage can then happen. If you're serious about the van have it checked by a mechanic who knows them.

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Berlina a suitable trade in for a Transit?

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Aug 2016

If you are not sure about the van you're buying then back out of the deal while you have the chance. The next time you decide on a van have it checked by a mechanic.

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Transit for touring Australia?

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Nov 2015

Go for the Transit. It has five-star safety with six airbags and you even get heated seats. Ford is also struggling to move them, so crunch a good deal.

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