Right from when we bought it, had to rebuild front end including brakes. Almost $,1000.
1 year later the EGR valves went bad. Another almost $500.
1 year later the steering gear box was worn out, the radiator (plastic part on top) cracked, fuel pump went out, tank support beams came loose. All within 3 months.
Done, sold it after owning it for only 2years for parts and bought used Import for less than what these repairs would have cost.
A RV was out of question for us, so we bought this E-150 conversion van (Coachmen) with V6 engine, as we don't plan to tow. Surprisingly, even the V6 is rated to tow up to 6,000 lbs, what about that? Our van did not have TV/VCR/High Top. Not needed in days with LCD screens and DVD. And a high top has more disadvantages than benefits. The van runs great, sure, the front axle (bushings/ball joints/brakes) wear more due to the weight. Gas mileage is good for a vehicle this size, at least 14 in the city, up to 19 on the highway. Never want to go without one.
Space, reliability, affordable to maintain
More legroom in front, power ports not behind gear shift.
1999 Ford Econoline Wagon Van E-150 Chateau 3dr Van
Has been a good, solid vehicle,
mechanically. Engine pulls well and
has good acceleration getting on the
interstate. Had pretty much made up my
mind to buy a Ford but out of the
spirit of fairness, I tried the GM and
Dodge. Main choice for Ford was driver
legroom. I'm over 6 feet and the Ford
is the only one I fit in. This is the
third new Ford I've owned and bought
all three without a test drive(1987 F-
150, 1990 Aerostar and this one). I'd
buy another, probably, but my wife is
ready for something smaller and nimbler.
The SIZE! Full size van made the most
sense. In one year family went from NH
to CO, CO to LA twice, LA to NC four
times. Kids had all the room they
needed in their own chairs. Plus I can
fit 4x8 sheets of plywood or sheetrock
in the back.
Ford paint sucks!!! Second vehicle
I've had problems with and Ford
(Corp/dealer) will not correct. Also,
brakes stick on occasion.
1999 Ford Econoline Wagon Van E-350 Super Duty XLT 3dr Ext Van
We have five children and frequently
travel long distances to visit
extended family. Very comfortable in
hot or cold weather. Seats are easy
to remove if we want haul cargo (and I
mean A LOT of cargo!). Days of the
car top carrier are GONE. We can
stack luggage for seven behind the
rear seat and have all the room we
need for our family and a friend or
too in the passenger cabin.
Powerful? WOW! With the V10 engine we
towed our boat through the North
Carolina mountains and passed other
cars on the interstate. We plan on
running this baby into the ground,
which will probably take a LONG time.
Kenworth-like torque, styling,
comfort. At 94,000 miles we have
only paid for normal maintenance items
at expected intervals. I have never
needed to add oil between 3,000 mile
Running boards should be standard. The
350 series is very tall, and tough to
get in and out of. 12v power for rear
seats would also be a big plus.