I received this vehicle in 1999 as a work vehicle working for a Safe and Alarm company.
In other words I needed to carry a lot of weight, like 800 to at least 1,000 lbs.
Had a sway bar, extra half leaf and air bags installed on the rear.
This van provided an amazing amount of demanding service!
Always got about 14 to 15 mpg no matter what I carried.
Tranny replaced at 272 (auto), Engine in chassis rebuild at 284, but bearings were still in great shape - did it because head gasket had to be replaced.
Has 430K now and still going strong, not as a work vehicle, my personal.
Weak point is brakes, but mostly due to weight - rotors every 60k.
Still like it a lot....Synthetic every 10k.
Great Engine, Great Tranny, Great A/C
Plenty of room for my applications....
Work, hauling wood, furniture, etc.
Brakes could be beefier, better E brake.
O2 sensor gets replaced very frequently.
Exceptionally roomy interior, very comfortable for long trips, excellent reliability, easy to work on (with the exception of changing the spark plugs...) eats front brakes, you can get good life out of your tires if you rotate them. I've had the car for nine years and haven't put a whole lotta $$ in it. (radiator, front & back heater cores, rear heater piping, voltage regulator/brushes, and numerous brakes, replaced.)
Room! Cargo capacity (volume) is great. Cargo capacity (weight) is OK. A/C is meat locker cold. V8 gives good reliability
Countoured seats. The seats are plush and soft, but could be countoured. Cup holders could be laid out better. Have the seats a little easier to take out.
I bought this van for my work with the expectations of maybe getting around 100,000 miles out of it. It has been driven by many different employees, it has not been serviced as often as it should be. In spite of this it never has leaked or used any oil, the AC has never had to be recharged and its has only one tune up. The transmission has never been serviced and it still works great. I did have to replace the read end because the seals went out and it wasn't tended to. Im going to see just how long this thing will go.
My van is a Waldock Conversion. They did a very nice job, except the add-on rear a/c leaked and needed repair under their warranty, which they approved the dealer to complete without trouble. I will describe my van here as a Ford e150 and not include the conversion aspect (though there is nothing other than stated I have ever had to deal with regarding the conversion). It has been a wonderful highway rig. Smooth and quiet. Suspension is a little soft, but that is also what makes it so smooth riding. Only issue taken care of early was a water pump gasket under warranty. No other issues. Belt, brakes, tires, oil, only up-keep. Low 80,000 miles, but no issues. It's been great!
Nice limited slip rear end for snow traction. Michilin LTX's make for good snow traction and quiet ride.