We purchased a 12 passenger (1993) & loved it, selling it at 210K miles when it was still going strong. We replaced it with a 1996 & drove it to 181K miles (and still going) and bought a newer one (2006).
by MMNIAC on Jun 25, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Ford E-350
This van is our family bus, our pick
up truck, our camper and more. It will
go from hauling 15 people to hauling 8
people and 8 bicycles to a camper for
a family of 5 with a queen size
matress and 2 large coolers in the
back, all with the flip of a few quick
release seat locks.
230,000 miles and running strong.Super
duty means super duty.
by ChrisDavis on Sep 29, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Ford E-350
We needed a BIG van for our growing
brood - 9 children. When you're
looking for 15-passenger van, the
pickings are pretty slim. You can go
with Dodge, Chevy or Ford. In my
opinion, it's no contest - Ford simply
makes the better van. We've owned this
van for 6 years, and have no intentions
of selling it any time soon. Keep in
mind, almost any repair on a vehicle of
this size will be expensive. The seats
are big and comfy, even for adults.
This van can haul a family of 11,
including all their stuff, and a fully
loaded trailer and never miss a beat.
But don't expect much for gas mileage,
at best ours gets 15 mpg on the highway.
While its cousins, the F-150 and F-250, receive ground-up redesigns, Ford's full-size vans receive minor enhancements. The new 4.2L V6 replaces the 4.9L as standard, and optional power plants now include the new Triton 4.6L and 5.4L V8s. A new front bumper and grille refresh the outside while a revised dash and front console, redesigned seats, an extra power point and seatbelt pre-tensioners round out the inside changes. A 3.31 limited-slip rear axle is offered and the three-speed automatic transmission is deleted.