Ford Transit Van

The Ford Transit van has change a lot over the years but in this post I will be taking mostly about third generation.

Before I compare the two lets have a bit of background for the third generation of Ford Transit vans. The third generation is split into two parts pre-facelift 2000 – 2006 and after the facelift 2006 – 2013.

The pre-facelift van was available in front or rear drive a rarer feature at the time. This model had the Duratorq turbo diesel engine also used in the 2000 Mondeo and Jaguar X-Type, with the petrol versions going up to the 2.3 L 16-Valve edition of the straight-4 engine. Using the engine the van was able to get to 60 mph in 21 seconds with a potential top speed of 93 mph. This winning the internation van of the year in 2001.

In 2002 the first High Pressure Common Rail diesel engine was introduced in the Transit. In 2003 the van  came with a digital odometer.

Ford Transit front 20071231.jpg

By Rudolf Stricker – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The facelifted model obviously by the name had a change to the front  of  van this change included new headlights and a new interior. The dashboard was also changed as it now featured a gearstick and a change in the design of the radio. The ford ranger’s  engine replace the one that was in the van previously. In late 2008, the “coated Diesel Particulate Filter” (cDPF)—was designed to meet higher emission standards than the current Euro IV requirement—was introduced as an option on all diesel engines. Production of the van ended in 2013.

There is now a newer version of the Ford Transit which began production in 2013 a recognizable difference is that the front wheel and rear wheel drives have two different body forms.

If you wanted to scrap your old Ford Transit in favor of getting the new Ford Transit simply go to ScrapAVan and they will either collect the van or you can drop it if yourself. There are many reason why you want to do this for example your old van is damaged beyond  repair or the MOT is expired.

By OSX – Own work, Public Domain,


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