I got my hands on a 2019 Ford Transit Cargo this week. That’s the big brother to the Transit Custom.
My first job was to test the factory central locking to see if the van had the updated firmware. In the past, the factory alarm would disarm if and the rear doors would unlock if the driver’s door barrel was picked! So much for deadlocks hey!
The good news is that this issue seems to have been fixed. I don’t think Ford NZ have any interest in updating the firmware on older vans, but hope I’m wrong about this. They failed to get back to me when I contacted them about it last year 🙁
I do have my own fix for this for those who don’t get any help from the Ford dealership.
Is the factory Ford Transit Cargo alarm good enough?
Well, it has door boot and bonnet protection and honks the horn, but offers no internal movement sensor. You may want to consider an upgrade if you keep valuable tools in the back.
Making the Ford Transit Secure
My recommendation is the Cobra AK4615 CAN-BUS upgrade alarm which works with the factory remote. It has a super loud siren and honks the horn so is much louder than the factory system.
The AK4615 comes with Ultrasonic movement sensors as standard to cover the cabin area of the van.
I recommend adding a PIR sensor to the back of the van to cover the load area.
Here are some photos of how the alarm looks after the install: