And which would you buy if you where 50% city 50% open freeway in a long box, high roof refrigerated van? Not sure if refer will be run from added compressor or added alternator, but one will be added.At the time, the Transit had only been out one month so I ruled that out. At the max length, the Ford is around $10k more expensive, and that's with A Plan. A year later I bought a second PM for similar reasons - used PM is cheaper than a used Transit.
I drive 100% highway, so minor differences in mileage add up to big money in short order. The best I could figure, the Ford with the base engine was getting 17s. The Nissan was far worse with either the V6 or V8. The Sprinter is money pit in any other configuration than "bought it used with a blown engine and crammed a small block Chevy in it". The gas PM is proven to get 20s at the speeds I'm willing to drive. Easy math.
The FWD in winter was also a big deal for me.
As many maintenance problems as I've had with the PM, in the big picture I'm totally delighted. I'm at 229k on one and 210k on the other, and the list of things I haven't had to fix is far longer than the things I have. That said, if budget wasn't a concern, I would probably go with the Transit with the Ecopoop. I think the Ford is slightly better built, but not enough to justify the price. A van that does burnouts is a plus in my book! If doing ANY towing, I would go with the Transit or Nissan. If it was an RV I was after, I'd proabably go with a Chevy based cutaway, or buildout a Chevy box truck or something. If I was city driving only, it'd be the PM hands down. If I wanted a pimped out 70s style van, I'd put a naked lady mural and bubble window on the Ford. If I wanted a Yoder Toter (passenger mover) I'd go with the Ford as well. If I was looking for a mini-van substitute, I'd go with the short wheelbase PM.
First, we have been renting Fiat Ducato RVs (all are diesel, full manual trans) in Europe for several years, so the Promaster was always on the table. But initially we leaned toward a Sprinter because it's longer (2 feet more RV) and the MSRP price difference with diesels was small. But when the VW diesel fallout hit, we started seriously considering gas for the first time. We got bids on a gas Promaster and a Sprinter two weeks ago. The Promaster won by a huge massive landslide. Of course, there are many other things to like about the Promaster, too. No regrets.Was it Price, Ride, Quality, Options available or other?