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i bought a 53 plate Ford Transit diesel van with 15000 on the clock and 7 months warranty remaining. Having owned every model transit since there inception , and having no serious problems with any of them, other than cam belts starter motors etc, i decided the new shape transit seemed the best ever........ Oh.oh, not to be. 2 years on and at 32.000 miles my beloved transit shuddered to a halt. After calling out the A.A., the diagnosis was a burnt out module on the diesel pump, commanding a bill of £1200.00, ouch!. 9 miles later and same scenario, van at the kerbside and the A.A. telling me the injectors were air-locked. The cause of air in the diesel lines was traced to the diesel oil filter housing unit ,resulting in a further bill of £150.00. These repairs were carried out by an expert on diesel pumps and stories told of these problems being very commonplace. I think its disgusting that this problem is very common with the Ford Transit diesel (2000 onwards) and that no recalls were ordered when the problem came to light, then again their sales of replacement diesel pumps going through the roof must be a give away. My conclusion to this story is that although in my opinion the transit remains an excellent van, its reliabilty is slightly suspect and expensive .
The now common epithet white van man is popularly acknowledged as being invented by BBC ... more
Radio 2 s early morning presenter Sarah Kennedy during the mid 1990s Vans have been produced in white for many years because it s cheaper and facilitates the sign writing However although not all white vans are Fords the word Transit has become a metonym for van and justifiably so as over 6 million have been sold since 1965 Ironically it was only christened Transit at the last minute when Ford UK Chairman Bill Batty saw the word on a German bound pilot build vehicle and knew he had found the new vehicle s name This cheeky little interpretation of a white van in not an un common sight on our roads the British weather is perfect for mucking up our cars and vans and encouraging another type of sign writing Clean Me What No Sponge are just a couple of the slogans this model is decorated in Vital statistics Engine 1759cc Perkins 4 108 Diesel Power 49bhp 3000rpm Wheelbase 106 inch Payload 1 345lb 610kg The Corgi range of Vanguards die cast models represents vehicles that shaped the lives of people living in Britain from the post war period to the present day Each 1 43 scale model is presented in a branded box and comes with a limited edition certificate