I have owned "big Red" for almost 13 years, since it was brand new. It is the most dependable vehicle that I have owned.The 4.0 liter engine still runs strong, giving me about 20 mpg on the highway and 16mpg in the city. Besides normal maintenance and its first tune-up last week at 100,000 miles, I have had to only replace two oxygen sensors and a radiator at a total cost of $600. Since my sons have all grown, I only use the van for traveling; trips to Las Vegas, Laughlin, and the Rose Bowl, for football tailgate parties.
The dependable and still working front and rear air conditioning which has never required any servicing. The large amount of cargo space and passenger space. The comfortable front captain's chairs. And since it is built on a truck frame/chassis, the solid truck-like feel.
I wish Ford made the same vehicle today with today's improved technology and safety equipment advances.