Church Van driver
By blaine9199 on
2005 Ford Econoline Wagon E-350 SD XLT 3dr Ext Van (5.4L 8cyl 4A)
This is the church van used 4-6x week. Great van gets the members to/from safely. ride is very comfortable for such a big van, ours is 15 passenger. Smooth on hwy, not bad on side streets with LOTS of Michigan potholes. No repairs so far @245,000. Sounds like brand new. No noises. Plastic interior is a little cheap. Triangle piece on door comes off if lightly pulled. Doors close tight no rattles. Seats are easy enough to get in/out. Simple lever system. I love driving it, but hate backing it up. It is huge! Good views all around, no real blind spots except in back when people walk to close to bumper, scary. I don't bounce like in trucks that's nice. No complaints really
High off the ground, so I am glad for the handle in the front seats to pull my 5'8" 250# body up with. The running boards are a must, love them. CD player great no matter where you are in the van. Can hear the Gospel Choirs jamming in every seat. A/C works great in front, and first 2 rows of back seats with the roof vents.
The vents in the back really don't blow hard enough to work well. The fans are not powerful enough to force the air to the last 2 back seats. Add standard back up sensor at bumper level for pedestrians. You can see vehicles fine, but pedestrians disappear. Can't see people when backing out of parking spaces if closer than 7' to rear bumper. Adjust transmission to get better mileage on highway and city. A five speed should be standard to increase gas mileage. 15 mpg highway? You can do better. I average 13 mpg combined.