Ongoing problems with this van, which now has about 70,000 miles. Have owned since new, with about $7,000 in unscheduled maintenance in 8 years. List of problems: driver seat motor, rear window motor, cooling system leak (despite regular maintenance), air conditioning, cruise control (twice), engine pings loudly, electric rear doors unreliable, rear stereo speaker connections bad. Have decided never to buy a Ford vehicle again.
Good safety record, spacious, comfortable seats, many convenient interior features.
Ford needs to build more reliable, higher-quality vehicles. Based on this lousy minivan, they deserve to go out of business!
Has 80,000mi now. Owned since it had 35,000. A lifter spring broke at idle in a drive through at about 45,000. Gets 13.6mpg in town. Paint flaking off and cracking on its own, terrible. Had the recalls fixed. Both auto front door locks need a new actuator. Engine was pinging with eng light on so had to have intake pulled and cleaned due to clogged egr passages thanks to poor valve cover design in which I also had to buy the new type. Rear side defogger quit working. Interior lights used to come on on thier own. Replaced rear shocks. For the money I can't complain as all vehicles have their problems. Who knows what the previous owners put it through. I'd still drive it cross country if need be.
The room that any minivan would have. The radio gets good reception but the CD player is now messing up. At the time it was the best bang for my buck with the 2nd largest engine in its class, if you're into big engines. The cruise control stays at the exact speed, unless a steep down grade.
Paint, paint, paint. They should have recalled the valve cover issue.
Bought this car used in 2001. Have had only minor repair issues. Engine is powerful even when fully loaded and has been flawless. Great for hauling people, not stuff. Back seats don't fold down for additional storage room. They just sit there like lumps on a log. Not the nimblest at handling either.
Engine power even when fully loaded. Fits seven passengers comfortably even for long rides. Roomy and comfortable driving position for 6' 3" driver.
Fold down back seats. Ford always seems to be 2-3 years behind Toyota and Ford in product innovation. Better gas mileage.
Original transmission replaced at 38,000 miles, replacement transmission had to be replaced at 43,000 miles, then motor broke at 92,000 miles. I will now be junking vehicle, not worth $3,800 repair estimate. Maintenance was performed regularly.
Vehicle has no rust, looks good, and handled well.
Ford mechanical quality is terrible. Too expensive to operate. By a Honda instead.