Customer Review Mk8 Ford Transit 17 Seat Minibus
It's always great to get some positive and in depth feedback from our customers regarding vehicles we've supplied, below is a write up on the Mk8 Transit L4/H3 'Jumbo' 17 Seat Minibus by Jim McMillan of Greenbank Travel based in Shotts, North Lanarkshire:
"The two minibuses I purchased from David Fishwick are currently being used on a mixture of school contract work, school trips, and general private hire work (golf trips, weddings, funerals, and airport transfers). I felt that my business would benefit from minibuses that were practical enough to be used on school work, but had some features that made them suitable for moving adults around with some additional comforts. They are both Trend models which I chose because of the increased headroom, uprated upholstery, seat style and the air conditioning in the rear passenger compartment. I had considered going for mini-coaches but felt that the additional cost could not be justified on the type of work my company was carrying out. It would have been lovely to have leather seats, carpeted floors and parcel racks etc. if my work consisted solely of private hire (weddings, executive hire and so on) - However for the more practical mix of work I was undertaking, the improved specification of the Transit seemed more cost effective.
The drivers are very impressed with the improved driving experience which is provided by the new Transit. Most describe it as being similar to driving a modern family saloon car, with all the additional features that this brings. The cruise control, lower road noise, Ford Sync, and comfortable seating are well received. The passengers love the increased space in the rear compartment, the improved reclining seats, the cup holders and the vastly improved heating / air conditioning system. The improved wide access door and automatic side step are particularly well appreciated by persons with limited mobility and improves on the safe loading and unloading of small children, whilst the large windows with improved visibility also receive favourable comments.
I would suggest that the differences between the Mark 7 Transit and the Mark 8 Transit are considerable compared to the differences between previous models. The Mk8 is more than a "van with seats" with many more refinements than ever before. I have owned 5 older models of Ford Transit minibuses and the new model is without doubt the most refined and tends more towards the mini-coach end of the scale when it comes to practical cost effective vehicle. Both minibuses provide a constant fuel consumption of between 26 - 27 mpg and the new Euro 6 engine is certainly smoother and just as responsive. One of minibuses has been in daily use for 12 months now, and I am glad to report no faults or downtime apart from routine inspections / service.
I took the trouble of spending money on improved graphics (half body wrap) and the stainless steel wheel trims to make the vehicles look better outside, to match the improved interior appearance."