Dodge ProMaster cargo van

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by HomeDelivery, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    well, last peak i had the pleasure of driving the Nissan NV cargo van... box on wheels with a long hoodline... controls are euro-like the Freightliner/Dodge/Mercedes Sprinter

    this peak i walked upon a new vehicle in the lot: a Dodge Promaster ?!?:knockedout:

    Review: 2014 RAM ProMaster Cargo Van (With Video) | The Truth About Cars

    it's similar to that Nissan NV cargovan ~ a box on wheels

    but, really pugly front end ~ it's like an invasion of the euro-cargo-vehicles

    625733-frank_the_dog_men_in_black.jpgcontrols are euro-like the Freightliner/Dodge/Mercedes Sprinter as well

    FWD! whoa... so you better rotate them tires front-to-back to even out the tread wear

    what's up with all these Sprinter-like vehicles coming to the US?!?

    still cheaper than the Sprinters that Express bought for their newer fleet & i will favor the Isuzu Reach

    or Utilimaster's Ford E450 stepvans if i have "heavy" routes...
  2. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    Looks like the old Dodge Sprinter I had a few years back. Glad Express bought me a nice Benz to drive. Unfortunately they use that as an excuse to slow my pay progression. "We had to upgrade our fleet and buy a couple of new planes, so we don't have the money to give you anything more than a 1.25% raise this year.

    Over ten years with the company and I'm still no where near top out
  3. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Truck Trend Magazine has a review of the ProMaster in the latest issue. They really like it.
  4. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    Guess what?
    Who cares?!
    You're gonna drive whatever they give you, like it or, not.
  5. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    i don't care; i can drive anything, including manual transmission vehicles...

    i only care if the contractor i'm working for doesn't give a crap about maintaining their own fleet or pay too little for my efforts to help them service their areas

    this is just "shop-talk" & should make Mr Smith start to 2nd-guess his bright idea to get MERCEDES instead of something cheaper & still reliable

    just to mix things up a bit in this section instead of ye old Express-whining

  6. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    The new Mercedes is getting around 23 mpg. They are very reliable. The only problem is the lack of mechanics that can actually work on them.

    I like the promasters. Interested to hear what kind of mileage they are getting. But I am waiting for the full sized ford transit to hit the market before I update my fleet.
  7. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I'm looking to the Transit as well. Ford drivetrains seem to take the abuse better. There's a 5.4l in the building with 570,000 miles on the original engine.
  8. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    That's unbelievable.
  9. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    I would think so too if I hadn't driven it myself. Not uncommon to see 350 to 400,000 but this one is pretty amazing.
  10. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    dunno about the V6 gas engines, with minivan-type auto transmission but the diesel engine looks promising:

    i'm going to ask if i can drive the low-ceiling one for the next few weeks...


    why are you thinking about getting the XL version of the transit? couldn't you just get the tried-and-proven current Ford E250-350-450 cutaways & slap an aftermarket box body with shelves on it right now?
  11. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Ford is discontinuing the Econoline. The Transit is replacing it. Soon there will only be Transit cutaways. And here's the thing, the Transit has been a tried-and-proven platform in Europe and elsewhere for a couple of decades now. Wins awards all the time. There won't be a couple of years to work out new model bugs, they're worked out.
  12. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    ahh, so no wonder why a couple of contractors are buying lots of the E-350/450 models with the Utilimaster stepvan bodies this year...
  13. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Quite a few RV manufacturers are going to have retool too.