Ford Transit Maintenance and Repair Cost

Maintenance and repair cost is one of the reason why we chose the Ford Transit over the Mercedes Sprinter or the Dodge ProMaster. Don’t get us wrong: all brands have their own issues and problems. But when it’s time to visit the dealer, we’d rather visit a Ford dealer than a Mercedes dealer…

NOTE: To abbreviate the list below, oil changes and tires are omitted (as this maintenance is scheduled and can be easily predicted).

And remember: the information below is “anecdotal”: it’s data based on our personal experience only.

Our Van

Ford Transit 2016

T-250 (3500LBS payload capacity)

3.7L Gasoline Engine

148″ Wheel Base. Extended Length, High Roof. (Body Code R3X)

LSD (Limited Slip Differential)

Purchased NEW, June 2016

Log Book


New Transmission Flexible Coupler (Giubo)

December 2017

This was performed under warranty. It’s well known and documented issue, but no worries: newer Ford Transits (since mid-2017 ish) come with the updated giubo and it’s not an issue anymore.



New Interior Handle for Sliding Door

July 2018

Something broke and a new handle was installed under warranty. We checked online and it seems to be something that happens sometimes on the Ford Transit…



New Spare Tire Carrier

September 2018

We had our tires rotated at a Ford dealer and we received the van with a broken spare tire carrier… We think the tech installed the wheel upside down, as this is known to break the ratchet mechanism (yep…). Replacing the mechanism is a 350$ job, but they agreed to do it free of charge.

The correct way to install the spare tire into the carrier is described in the Ford Transit owner’s manual:



New brake pads and rotors (Rear Only)

November 2018

It’s a well known fact that the Ford Transit go through rear brakes real fast, unfortunately. Changing pads is pretty straightforward, but axles have to be removed to change the rotors (!) hence the STEEP price tag for this job.

In our case, last time we had an oil change, the dealer told us our brakes were fine (when they were clearly NOT). That’s the same dealer that messed with our Spare Tire Carrier… so anyway, as a result we worn our rotors and needed new ones.



This is our Ford Transit total maintenance and repair cost since June 2016 (excluding oil changes and tires).


That’s it folks!

(Fingers Crossed!)



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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017 we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers and moved into our self built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!



  1. Comment by Don Kane

    Don Kane Reply December 26, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Back luck there on the rear brakes.

    What does Ford ask for the front rotors? I really don’t know why they charge 700$$ because they have to pull the axles, it is really trivial, very much a home job. You might have to recheck your differential level afterwards, (which is prob’ly more labor, if they did that), but most of the videos show very little gear oil lost, esp. if the side you changing is elevated. I think about haf of the job is pulling the calibers, the same as the front brake.

  2. Comment by Rick Bidgood

    Rick Bidgood Reply December 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing. We selected Ford for the same reasons. Our previous camper van was a 2000 VW Eurovan and that really taught us the importance of easy access to parts and dealerships. We have a 2017 with 35, 000 miles and have not spent anything on it other than oil changes and the mandated services. Thanks again for your recommendation on ROLEF’s mosquito screen for our rear doors.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply December 2, 2018 at 10:12 am

      Did you installed the ROLEF yourself or they installed it for you?

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