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Ford Transit Overview
The Ford Transit is a commercial van produced by the Ford Motor Company for use in Europe. For the past 40 years it has been the best selling van in Europe. It has been and is that popular that some people will refer to the word ‘transit’ to refer to any van. The Ford Turneo is basically a Transit but with rear seats and rear windows, so when the Transit gets upgraded so does the Turneo. It’s important when choosing a commercial van that you make the right choice. This vehicle is reliable, proven and efficient, and a good choice of commercial van.
Ford Transit History
The first generation Mk1 (1965-78) was first built to replace the Ford Thames 400E and also to try and grab some of the market from the then dominant Bedford vans. This was to be the first time that Ford UK and Ford Germany were to combine and produce a vehicle together, which was to be the benchmark for Ford Europe. The Ford Transit became so popular because it was larger than its competitors of the time and came in so many variations including: the long wheel base and pickup.
The Mk2 (1978-86) had a bit of of makeover to the exterior, mainly the front end and was to receive a new type of engine, the Pinto taken from the Cortina.
The second generation Mk3 (1986-94) was to have a totally different look to the previous versions. It received an all new front suspension system which was to be used all across the Transit range and the design of the body, especially the front end was to give it that all too familiar look associated with a Transit van these days. A small change in 1992 brought about the Mk4.
The Mk5 (1994-2003) received some changes to the front end exterior and some major changes to the interior, namely the dashboard. Some of the available engine sizes where to receive an all new engine for that size.
The Mk6 third generation design (2000-06) was to adopt the Ford ‘new edge’ design philosophy and was to be available in both front and rear wheel drive. A range of new engines were to be used for both petrol and diesel engines.
The Mk7 (2006 - present) is the version currently in production and again received a makeover to the front end, namely the lights and grille. It also had some upgrades in the interior of the van.
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The current available engine sizes available for the Transit collection are: 2.2, 2.4 and 3.2L Duratorq TDCi for diesel engines and the 2.3L Duratec for the petrol engine. Obviously the smaller sized diesel engine will be the most economical of the range, and the transit in general has quite good fuel economy for its class.
There are 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes available for the Transit van. Breakeryard has many gearbox related parts available through our website.
Transit parts are a commonly requested part so here at Breakeryard we have a section of our website dedicated to Ford Transit parts. Have a look at the Transit parts section or enter your vehicle details in our part finder search facility. Have you experienced problems with parts on your Transit? If so, why not check our transit problems page here.