On recent 1500 mile run to Germany.
125mph on GPS
& 34 mpg on the on-board computer averaging 85mph
60k miles done so far on the current tune.
The Michelin Pilot Sport 4’s are doing 18k on the front also which is pretty impressive, although it is a £200 tyre !
Power wise, its the usual maxed out tune that these Euro 5 engine’s seem to lap up – so circa 180ps /420nm.
Ford’s 2017 Transit Custom now has an updated engine – the “Panther” 2.0 – complying to Euro 6 emissions specifications.
Available in 3 models there’s also an auto option.
As of June 12th 2017 , thanks to the usual Italian hacker, they can now be tuned & delimited. Vantuner plans to offer tuning from about mid July.
What will my 120ps Connect new shape make ? 133ps & 335nm is the answer, measured on a good dyno , Hardware wise 100 & 75 versions are identical & the 120 uses a different turbo..
So many Euro 4 ( & 1.8 Euro 5’s ) Transit Connect owners seems to have EGR valves failing these days, with running issues & P0490, P1103, P1102 P0404 Sensor Circuit A dtc fault codes seen very often.
The 90ps, 110 & 75’s are all affected. The DTC fault codes beginning 11 are “companion” air mass faults as well, but these are often just indicative of a faulty EGR, as one of the MAF sensor’s jobs is to monitor EGR performance. Vantuner can switch of the function of a faulty or working EGR in person or by post, at about a third of the cost of a new valve, which is a pricey Ford only supplied item as it comes complete with the entire intake manifold!
Plenty of discussion about this very problem on the Ford Transit Forum ( fordtransit.org)
Vantuner no longer tunes them, as they are not reliable & any tuning will add more risk to already over sensitive injection system.
One issue , on this Delphi injection system setup, is tolerance of rail pressure deviation, anything over approx 60bar from spec at full pelt (1600 bar) & you have limp mode. A standard van is kissing this limit anyway so even tuning which avoids any rail pressure increase directly will lower this margin..So they can run good apart from going into limp mode under full load intermittently.. What a load of bollocks.. The creators should be ashamed of themselves – In ancient Greece, the word Delphi may mean “Womb”.. Clearly Fords 1st common rail offspring has a birth defect.
Problem solving in cases like this van’s relies on a tuner having access to something called a description file, an “A2L ” a ” Damos ” , These illegally gained manufacturer’s files identify maps & functions & would in this case allow the rail pressure deviation tolerance data to be increased, but no such files exist ( outside of Ford HQ) for Fords of this vintage so no go sadly.
Usually of about 2003 vintage, the Convoy are beast of a van, often long wheel base , twin wheel high roof etc. Great candidates for a camper conversion or for one man & his beard (& dog) road-home conversions etc.
Often 1st owned by like Royal Mail & charities.They come with the excellent Transit Duratorq 16 valve turbo diesel engine in either 75ps or 90ps limited to 62 or 70mph.. All Transit tuning & maintenance advice applies… the limiter is also easily removed..see this page : Transit Service Tips
“My van is screaming its nuts off on the motorway”, is a common complaint & leads many owners of rear wheel drive Transits get in touch hoping a remap will fix it but it is a common misconception that a remap can truly change this.. Whilst more torque & a quieter tuned engine can sometimes give the impression of less rpm, its just an illusion,
The true solution is a different axle ratio, achieved by an axle or diff change.. if you have a 5.11 or a 5.13 currently, an indicated 70mph will be made using about 3500rpm..Anything over 3000rpm can be noisy..I’d recommend 1 full “point” so something in the low 4’s like a 4.27 would suffice without acceleration suffering too much. How about a 3.73 i hear you say ? X amount of torque will be needed depending on your model & usage so get in touch to discuss tuning options..Vantuner doesn’t do axle / diff changes )
Anyone can enter their registration number or VIN here & bring up quite a detailed spec of their van..follow this link & select vehicle.. if the option to enter reg isn’t showing, go back to the home page , select preferences & select united kingdom. the reg number entry should now work.. if your reg wont work enter your VIN. This is a handy service for looking up what axle ratio was originally fitted , among other things.. to search for items once the spec is shown without trawling through every entry, press CTRL F , this in many browsers brings up a search widget for the current pages shown content.
BT Fleet , Openreach & various other UK utilities still seem to be auctioning off these from time to time & nearly all have a 68 or 70mph limiter, which drives new private owners nuts from what I can tell . No main dealer can remove them despite the girl on reception saying yes no problem I’ve checked with Gordon & that’ll be 100 quid please… Vantuners removal solution on these is a bit long winded & expensive, compared to many other small van solutions, but is effective nonetheless & an optional power or economy tune at little extra cost softens the blow. Model year 2008 on vans seem a little easier than earlier ones thankfully.
Sometimes the dyno surprises & this Vivaro is a good example. The van’s performance in mine & the customers opinion was transformed yet it “only” made 135ps & 311nm on a local super honest Dyno Dynamics dyno.. it ran great prior to tuning & was very well maintained so I suspect they don’t make the specified 115ps as standard.. sadly i couldn’t make the session to load the stock file for a “before “ run.. It’s an epic tune that I have worked out for these over the years nonetheless so no need to change anything…