2003 Ford Econoline Cargo Van E-350 SD 3dr Van (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
This is a strong well-made van, but Ford engineering can make a problem a very expensive repair. It cost me over $400 to have the spark plugs changed, $700 to replace the fuel pump. The cruise control falters, nobody at Ford seems to have a clue why. But over all, it is a comfortable van that carries a lot of cargo, and is fairly quick with the 5.4 engine.
2003 Ford Econoline Cargo Van E-250 3dr Ext Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
I bought this van over a year ago with 330,000 miles on it, its the ext. 3/4 ton version with a 4.6l. I was skeptical at first but for $1500 I figured it was worth a shot. We drive it everywhere, its been on several 6-8 hours trips. I use it to haul Mx bikes to the races. The 4.6l gets around 16-17 mpg on the highway fully loaded which is 4 bikes, 4 guys and all of our gear for a weekend of racing and riding. If you need something to haul stuff, this is it. Find one that was well maintained and you can't go wrong.
The room, its so huge.
offer a ford factory 4x4 version, the quigley's are a little expensive.
2003 Ford Econoline Cargo Van E-150 3dr Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
I love my new (used) van. However it is misnamed Econoline. I got the 6 cylinder to save at least a gallon or two mpg but see little difference with the more powerful V8 so consider a very thirsty 8 as the 6 is fairly underpowered up hills. Also, need winter tires if in snow or ice, worst traction of any vehicle. Typical van! I knew that going into this, so I am very happy otherwise. It's a great tool shed on wheels, and visibility and safety seems above others. Drive slow and coast (in gear) down hills and maybe gain a mile per gallon. Yet to get above 16 and half mpg even with a v6. Otherwise awesome.
Large capacity for hauling stuff. Comfortable ride. Driver's visibility. Good heat and a/c and reliable.
Econoline should mean economical not comical gas hog. (other brands are also bad on gas and Ford looks like a van should!)