by rowdytoolman on Jun 20, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Econoline Cargo E-350 SD 3dr Ext Van (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
We have the E-350 Extended Cargo (Diesel) for a daily work van and it has been reliable and great for us. The air runs great, we've had very few issues with it over the years. We've always favored the diesel for its long life and so far it's been true with this vehicle as well.
by Marc99GT on Jan 4, 2010 Vehicle: 2004 Ford Econoline Cargo E-250 3dr Van (4.6L 8cyl 4A)
I purchased a 2004 E250 Cargo van in 2006 when I began my mobile automotive repair business. It had 29K miles when I bought it. I used it daily and it was very reliable. 3 years of hard driving and it only needed brakes, oil changes, wiper blades and a drive belt. Unfortunately, I was involved in a head on collision and the van was totaled with 60K miles. I walked away from the accident with a broken bone in my foot, and torn ligaments as well, but otherwise intact. They are great vans and I highly recommend them and a bulkhead if you are carrying tools.
The 7.3-liter Power Stroke diesel has been replaced by a more powerful 6.0-liter diesel that puts out 230 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Ford's Torqshift five-speed automatic transmission comes standard with the 6.0-liter. Additionally, the V6 engine has been dropped, leaving the 4.6-liter V8 as the base engine on E-150 and E-250 vans. All E-150s have rear disc brakes this year, and a full-floor vinyl covering is now optional rather than standard.