For the most part it has been very reliable but wish it was a little more rugged for the amount we drive it. Don't expect big van v8 performance and storage. With just a few running changes this year, the Turkish-built Transit Connect still looks every bit like the very slightly modified commercial vehicle that's been sold in Europe for a few years. Features are skimpy for this mostly commercial-minded maxi-van. With a turning radius just under 39 feet, the 2012 Ford Transit Connect is far easier to turn around than a full-size van, and it easily fits into car-sized parking spaces, too. The Transit Connect's small size also makes it much easier to maneuver through confined city streets and narrow alleys, a plus for parcel and delivery services. In anything more challenging, the Transit Connect's mass and height makes themselves known, as it rolls and leans into corners and runs out of suspension travel.
First, the right front directional bulb blew. The Europeans get a lovely little diesel engine in their version but, for now, Ford says there are no plans to bring the diesel engine stateside. The write off category indicators are provided for your assistance, but the presence or absence of an indicator in an advert, should not be relied upon by you to indicate the status of a vehicle. It's a utility vehicle in the most utilitarian sense, and its styling is limited to honing down some of the harder corners and dressing up the functional cabin in the barest amount of material possible. For an in-depth look at this van, read our most recent.
Next, it was the taillights, which randomly lost power, thanks to a shoddy socket design. The fix in all cases wasn't too difficult, but removing the rear lens assembly was no fun, thanks to the design of the thumbscrews that hold the taillight lens assemblies in place. The 2012 Ford Transit Connect's interior is highly functional, but not terrible attractive. Right now for the second time this month the car is in the shop with all engine lights on; will barely start and run. Plus, it can only seat a maximum of five people. Passenger versions have glass windows in the rear, but they're church-style doors with a center pillar that blocks visibility--but it's still far better than the commercial version, which replaces all the back glass with metal panels.
It's getting to the point that using my directionals is a game of chance. Although a 4-cylinder engine seems rather small for a vehicle that weighs over 3,000 pounds and is meant to haul large cargo, it's surprisingly spritely and supplies enough torque to get the Transit Connect everywhere it needs to go. For 2012, the Transit Connect gets low-rolling resistance tires and a few new exterior paint colors. With its elevated roof, available 255-degree-opening rear doors and seemingly infinite equipment and graphics packages, the Transit Connect van is far superior to any small pickup or car-based crossover. It's the perfect conveyance for owner-operators like locksmiths and petsitters who need rugged, configurable, washable space. The van was redesigned a few years later and the head room was brought down.
In addition, test drivers are particularly impressed with its available Ford Work Solutions system, which helps business owners monitor their fleet, keep track of tools and includes an in-dash printer and Wi-Fi hotspot, among other features. But, from a utility standpoint, the Transit Connect's interior is a thing of beauty, offering so many variations it's mind boggling. No one can figure out what is wrong! With the second row folded up, there is more than enough room to transport a full sized washer and dryer in shipping boxes! When I got to the side of the road, I checked all the fluids, then started looking deeper. It chalks up a few civilian sales a year, but the Ford Transit Connect van is primarily aimed at small businesses that put its very tall cargo area and somewhat rudimentary cabin to good use. We now have over 67000 miles on it in just two years. The back doors fold back and the van sits low for easy loading. We change the oil every 3000 miles and the only time this truck has seen the garage is when it's in for the annual inspection.
That is not what this van is all about. I gave it a 3 star just because it is a Ford I know. If there is one weak spot for the 2012 Transit Connect it can be found under the hood. With it's 4 cylinder engine it is not very powerful but this is not what is required for a local delivery vehicle. With large sliding side doors and available split-hinged rear doors that swing around to rest flush against the van's sides, there isn't much that can't be placed inside the Transit Connect. Small-business owners will appreciate Ford's graphics program that allows them to design their own graphic logos online. Please check all details with the seller.
The package includes hardened intake and exhaust valves, as well as hardened valve seals. What I found was a broken wire - a 14-ga. Nice truck - weak, troublesome electrical system. I was impressed by the layout and overall perceived functionality of the truck. They turned it into a typical mini-van. The tall roofline speaks to the Transit Connect's mission in life, but its sharply-raked windshield and hood tell a tale of attempted aerodynamics and a car-like driving experience. Mechanics have absolutely no idea as to the problem.
So far, with just under 23000 miles I can attest that the vehicle is a mechanical disaster. The cargo bay can be used to carry passengers, or emptied to create a large level loading area with over 135 cubic feet of space and nearly five feet of vertical room. A battery-powered Transit Connect electric van is being prepared for the 2012 model year, but we haven't had a chance to drive it yet. Auto Trader Limited, or its data supplier, will not accept liability for any information provided for this write off data. You are strongly advised to obtain a full vehicle history check before making an offer on a vehicle. The 2012 Ford Transit Connect van is powered by a 2.