We've had this thing for 5 years. It has served us great. We've gone from coast to coast with no major problems. All the kids fit with enough space to keep them from fighting. Take out the seats and it will haul ANYTHING. We did a complete move with just this van. It is built very solid. She took a hit from a deer last year and kept rolling with no serious damage. My wife seized the engine by letting it overheat and it fired right back up after it cooled off. I've had a few odd-ball electrical problems, but this is normal for Ford. Other than that I've only dealt with routine maintenance issues. The old girl has 210,000 miles now and still runs fine, and the AC is still cold.
Rear wheel drive for larger towing and hauling capacity. Solid construction and fairly nimble for a van. The engine and transmission have been absolutely bullet-proof.
Well, first off Ford should've kept making it. Power window controls located in an odd place. Too many electrical problems. Sliding door too heavy for small children to open and close.