Aimed primarily at those who disable DPF system’s the new MOT reg’s include a more thorough physical check of the DPF system, so no just cutting a hole /hatch in it, you’ll need to open & weld it back along a seam. There’s still no check on its or the EGR systems efficiency beyond a basic smoke check. Other MOT regs update include a lit or malfunctioning MIL lamp being a fail, & physically checking EGR is connected & present.
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.
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 )
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…
A nice long term report came in today..
From: Nigel Holmes
Location: Near Southampton
Make, Model, Year, Mileage: Ford Transit Sport 2007 150,000
Hi Martin …long time no speak …
just thought i would let you know my van has now reached 150,000 miles
and still running perfectly ..let no one say re-mapping shortens the life of an engine ..it has never been in the garage for engine related problems since you re-mapped it at 5000 miles ..
Many thanks ..hope your keeping well ..feel free to put this on your website ..will have to change van shortly so will be in touch ..
It is like a different van totally, I can hold a higher gear down to 2000 rpm and below which was pretty much impossible before, seems much happier on CC on the motorway in 6th gear no hunting or having to change down a gear when hitting an incline. The above was the main gripe.
Acceleration is much better than before through the gears.
Can also change up gears earlier or skip gears if joining motorway Etc, but where’s the fun in that.
But a van to drive in London the above makes a difference in traffic.
Have only driven on Sunday to work in London fuel seems to be better but too early to tell for sure, trip is showing 270 miles done and 240 to empty but gauge is only just below halfway so seems like an improvement, I will report back some more when I have more miles into it, but not the reason for the remap so a bonus if it is better mpg.
Only one small minus, seems not as quick from say 70 / 80 mph to 100mph plus as the last MK7 van, but could be the fact that the gearing is so high or to do with the DPF not sure maybe you have an idea?
Not sure as only tried it once and may be in my head?
But apart from that wonderful so far so good thank you