By alshoe on
2003 Ford Econoline Wagon E-150 XL 3dr Van (4.2L 6cyl 4A)
This is a leased 10 passenger van. I
vanpool approximately 140 miles round
trip per weekday in Los Angeles, CA
traffic. Our previous van, a
2000 Ford Club Wagon, was not the
stretched version and had a V10 engine.
This one, the 2003, is stretched and
has a V8. The V10 was much more
responsive and powerful. However the V8
provides adequeate power and averages
1.5 to 2.0 MPG better than the V10 on
our commute. With fuel prices rising,
that is a plus! It would be nice if
Ford offered a hybrid version of this
Bottom line, considering the abuse our
van gets, it has been reliable and have
not had any major mechanical problems.
Reliability. Smoother ride than
previous Ford full size model.
More power from the V8. Or offer a
hybrid version. More passenger leg room
(fault of customizer). Rear climate
control system either too hot or too
cold, no good medium in temperature.