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.
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.
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…
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:
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).
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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!