Why buy a minivan when for the same price you can have a full-size van? Oh right, parking and fuel economy, to name just two. Well, if you've got nothing but wide-open spaces and lots of cash to plug into the tank, give the Ford Econoline Wagon a try. And look closely at the XLT Traveler, which is to family road trips what Valium is to stress.
by Jim on Aug 22, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Ford Econoline Wagon E-150 XL 3dr Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
We bought this van in winter of 2004 as mainly, a people carrier as there was only a short commute back then. but this van quickly turned into a mainly all purpose car, groceries, long cross-country trips, towing, you name it. For such a giant of a car, it handles well in the (It's not a Subaru) and when we moved and the work commute turned into a hour long one to Chicago, it served very well, although the MPG it delivers convinced us to get a 2007 Toyota Prius. We have logged 111,000 miles on it but with the exception of a starting problem (can't start if the engine is too warm sometimes)we hope to get years more out of it, and has been very reliable. Save your money, I suggest! Get a Ford
by Irony on Jun 14, 2004 Vehicle: 2002 Ford Econoline Wagon E-150 XLT 3dr Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
I have replaced the front brakes
including rotors every 3 months approx.
3000-4000 miles. Ford told me this was
normal wear for this vehicle. The price
to have this done at a Ford Dealer
averages $800. The tires wear out
quickly on this Van as well.
by wriddle on Mar 7, 2004 Vehicle: 2002 Ford Econoline Wagon E-150 XLT 3dr Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
nice van, mediocre fuel economy, very
comfortable, minor build quality
issues which have been corrected under
warranty. would definitely buy another
one when this one wears out. 5.4
engine is the way to go.
by tripping_in_virginia on Aug 17, 2003 Vehicle: 2002 Ford Econoline Wagon E-150 XLT 3dr Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
We have had mini-vans and sedans.
Looked at SUV's for the extra space
but found the full-size Traveler
package fo the Ford van beats
everything hands down on space and the
basic comforts now offered in travler
packages like video, game plug in
ports, reclining buckets for all four
passangers up front, leather seats and
lots and lots of cargo room. Plus the
baby can haul any camper or boat you
may wish to pull down the highway.
We are very budget minded so one way
to offset the fuel economy issue is
that we use this for our only
vehicle. It has handled very nicely
around town and obviously excels on
the open road.
by suburbank2500 on Jul 25, 2003 Vehicle: 2002 Ford Econoline Wagon E-150 XLT 3dr Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
This van is my daily commuter; It's got
the Traveller package, and the kid
quiet option (2 screens with a VCP).
I've always been 'get the bigger motor'
but the 289 (4.6L) v8 is just fine. I
get about 20-21 on highway, 15-17
mixed. the ONLY thing is it's a rear
wheel driver, so I'll have to retrain
myself for winter. Don't waste your
money on some tinny, mini-van. They
don't have nearly the room and cost
about $2-$3K more
by JOE MASTENCIA on Dec 9, 2002 Vehicle: 2002 Ford Econoline Wagon E-350 SD XLT 3dr Van (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
I DROVE BOTH VANS AND HANDS DOWN THE
FORD KILLED THE CHEVY. I ORIGINALY
WANTED A CHEVY BUT I WAS SWAYED BY
FRIENDS THAT OWNED FORD VANS AND THEIR
FEEDBACK MADE ME MAKE THE SWITCH. FORD
CARS ARE IFFY BUT THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO
MAKE A TRUCK.
All Econolines get A-pillar grab handles, tilt steering, backlit cruise control switches, an illuminated rear auxiliary climate control switch, low-fuel and cruise-control-on indicators in the gauge cluster. Newly optional on the XL is an overhead console. XLT has standard dual illuminated sun visors and front floor mats. E-350 Super Duty models can now be equipped with the luxury Traveler package, while E-350 Super Duty Extended vans get an upgraded transmission. Optional on XLT is an in-dash six-CD changer, and models equipped with the Chateau package get a dual-media cassette/CD stereo, privacy glass and an overhead console.