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Van Sales in South Wales is great place to go if you’re looking for a used Ford Transit Custom van. We have a wide range of stock including DCiV and panel vans, so we can help you to find your perfect purchase.
The Ford Transit Custom, first introduced to Ford’s line-up in 2012, is the company’s medium van. With one of the highest payload ratings in its class, it’s the best-selling van in the UK, and for good reason.
It consistently receives awards — Parkers have named it Van of the Year and Best Medium Van — and with when you consider that Ford released a 2018 facelift version and a 2019 engine upgrade, a used Transit Custom is a fantastic choice.
Panel or DCiV?
If you’re wondering whether you need a used Ford Transit Custom Panel Van or a Used Ford Transit Custom DCiV, or even what a DCiV is, don’t worry. It’s less complicated than it sounds!
The panel van has a standard cargo van set-up: 3 seats in the front with a bulkhead just behind them, and a cargo area to the rear which takes up the rest of the van. One nice little touch on the Transit Custom that other manufacturers don’t all have is the load-through hatch from the cargo area through the bulkhead and into the cab at floor level. This takes the stress out of loading long pipes and planks, and is one of those little things that shows you how well-designed the van is.
The DCiV is the abbreviation for Double Cab-in Van. You might have come across this model before when search for a used Ford Transit Double Cab or a used Ford Transit Crew Cab, but the official name, or rather the official abbreviation, is DCiV.
This model is similar to the VW Transporter T6 kombi in that it has a second row of three seats behind the main driver’s and passengers’ seats and then a cargo area behind those. The Ford Transit Custom DCiV benefits from a full-height bulkhead behind the extra seats, so there are no safety concerns with carrying cargo and passengers.
Both the panel and the DCiV versions are available either as short wheelbase (SWB) or long wheelbase (LWB), which Ford refer to as L1 and L2. They’re also both available in two heights; as you might be able to guess, Ford calls these H1 and H2. The combinations of letters and numbers are put together such that a SWB low roof Transit Custom would be an L1H1, and a LWB high roof model would be an L2H2.
While it’s probably primarily internal dimensions that are of the most important when you’re shopping for a new used van, knowing the height up front can be critical if you have clearance issues on a daily basis. With that in mind, I’ll give you the heights of each model before moving on to how much space they provide on the inside.
Now what you really need to know: how much you can carry. The SWB maximum load length is 2554mm, and the LWB gives a generous 2921mm in length. As mentioned earlier, all models come with the load-through hatch in the bulkhead, and while this does give extra length, it’s only good for things like planks and pipes: long and thin.
In terms of height, the low roof gives the van an internal height of 1406mm, while the high roof increases that to 1778mm.
Load width is standard across all versions at 1775mm, and the distance between the wheelarches, where the width is a bit more narrow, is 1351. And if you’re wondering what the load capacity is in volume:
GVWs and Payload
While knowing how much you can fit into the van is a great place to start, you’ll also need to know how much weight the van can take. There’s a difference between the gross vehicle weight (GVW) and the payload; the GVW is the entire maximum safe and legal weight of the van including the van itself, the driver and any passengers, and the cargo. Payload refers to how much of that can be cargo.
The GVWs on the Ford Transit Custom range between 2.5tonnes (2500kg) and 3.4tonnes (3400kg) with increments in between depending on the specific model in question. Payloads range from between a little less than 700kg to almost 1500kg, which is outstanding for a medium van and in fact more than some vans in the large class.
The Ford Transit Custom is available in a wide variety of different trims; at Van Sales here in the Vale of Glamorgan, we sell mainly vans with the Limited and Sport trims. Both of these have an excellent number of features, so if you’re after a used Transit Custom for sale, you won’t find either van lacking.
Some of the Limited’s highlights:
- 0-inch infotainment screen with Ford’s Sync 3 system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Wipers and lights with automatic setting
- Lumber-adjustable driver’s seat
- Power-adjustable and power-folding door mirrors
- Cruise control with speed limiter function
- Parking sensors at the front and rear
- Dual passenger seat with fold-out table
- Heated windscreen with “Quickclear” technology
- Steering wheel with a leather trim
- Alloy wheels, 16 inches
- Heated seats on the driver’s and main passenger’s seats (sadly, the one in the middle gets a cold bum)
- LED lighting in the cargo area
- Tie-down points (8) in the cargo area
And on the Sport, you get the additional delights of:
- Ford’s Sport styling kit, which includes some go-faster bonnet stripes
- 185hp engine
- Alloy wheels, 17 inch
- Monitoring system for type pressure
- Upholstery in part-leather
- Ford’s lane departure warning system “Lane Keeping Assist"
- Rear-view camera which also features a trailer hitch assist function
Of course, options, extras, and the van’s interior will never be as important as what makes it go! Since 2016, Ford has offered a Euro 6 engine on the Transit Custom: a 2.0-litre TDCi EcoBlue turbodiesel. Although the engine is smaller than Ford’s previous 2.2-litre version, it’s more efficient, quieter, and as it develops torque at much lower revs than its predecessors, it’s significantly more effective at pulling heavy loads with ease.
Available originally in 105hp, 130hp, and 170hp, the engine is now also offered in 185hp following a 2019 redesign.
Ford fit a manual gearbox as standard on the Transit Custom, but they also offer 6-speed automatic transmission. It’s great for drivers who get stuck in traffic a lot or would just prefer an automatic, but do be aware that, while it works just fine, it’s not considered the most responsive automatic transmission out there and does have an annoying feature or two!
Things to Consider
If you’re looking for your new used van, the Ford Transit Custom could be a brilliant choice. We even offer used Transit Custom finance, so we can work with you to find the best solution for your needs. As with all used vehicles, there are a few things to watch out for though.
Firstly, there are the more straightforward things: check the body for any scratches, dents, or signs of repairs. Make sure that the van will be inspected or serviced before you buy. Check the log book and service history, ask to see receipts for any work done. Talk to the seller and find out all you can about the van’s history.
Beyond those points, which apply to every used car or van, there are some Transit-Custom-specific issues of which to be aware.
It’s not been uncommon for some post-2018 vans to request new oil every few thousand miles. This seems to have been resolved through a change of dipstick and some tinkering by Ford with the engine’s software, but do enquire if this has been an issue with the particular van you’re considering.
And on the subject of tinkering, it is possible for engine software “remapping” to be carried out by third parties. This is usually done to improve performance or increase fuel economy, but it can cause unnatural engine wear and potentially dangerous problems. There’s been speculation that several incidences of pistons cracking on the older 2.2-litre engines might have been caused by inappropriate remapping. It’s highly recommended that you avoid used vans that have been modified in such a way.
In terms of recalls, there have only been two for the Transit Custom in the UK, and they’ve both involved an incredibly small number of vehicles. One, in 2019, concerned a seatbelt on vans built in 2017 that was torqued incorrectly, and the second, in 2020, was issued regarding a battery cable.
Finally, Ford issued not a recall but a “field service action” in 2018 regarding a potential brake fault. As brakes are among the more essential parts of a van, it’s important to ascertain whether or not this action affected your potential van, and what (if anything) has been done about it.
Whether you’re after a used Ford Transit Custom panel van or a DCiV, our friendly team at Van Sales will help you every step of the way. We sold most of our used vans as new, and we always make sure that we know exactly what we’re selling. That way, you know exactly what you’re buying!