this is my experience all within 10,000 miles of
ownership, bought at 114 k, 3rd owner of van.
i am an ASE certified mechanic 24 yrs exp, and done most repairs my self,
i will just say this is the worst vehicle i have ever owned,........................
here is a list of the problems i had
1. transmission @ 117k miles
2. dashboard electrical problems
3. anti-lock brake
4. power door lock problems
5. power window problems
6. emission system problems
Engine Performance and Driveability
8. oil pump went out, engine locked up before i could react @126k
now i buy GMC only.
If Ford would just stand by their products and fix the numerous safety issues, this would be a great van.
With the third row seat removed, there is tons of room. Our giant-breed dogs fit in comfortably, and thanks to the space between the rear seats we've been able to load up with building supplies (such as long boards) that were too long to fit in vans/SUVs with bench seats in back. The drive is quite comfortable,
the heater/defroster works really well, and the back of the van has separate temperature controls. I apprecaite that the road noise is not bad. The van has a very good crash rating and having the two sliding doors is wonderful too.
Now the bad news...The van has serious "quirks" and thanks to Ford's lousy customer service and unwillingness to stand behind it's products, the van deserves it's horrible reputation. The ABS and Brake warning lights come on when the engine is warm, and this can be a fire hazard (fluid drips onto a circuit board for the ABS) plus
having the ABS not function is problematic,
but Ford will not issue a recall and repair is about $1500. The back axle is subject to a recall (they have rusted through on numerous occasions and caused deaths) but Ford is very slow to get replacements manufactured, and will not even have their techs inspect the back axle for flaws until parts are available.
Thats right I got almost 186,000 miles on my van.I won't bore you with details but I got maybe about $600 in mechanical maintenance in it.Also Needed the usual stuff (brakes ,oil changes,tires).I can tell you this much, the biggest secret that I learned from my brotherinlaw is change the transmission fluids early .These ford transmissions are delicate, needless to say I have changed the transmission fluid twice and thinking about doing it again(Yup Original Trans).It did need a small map sensor ($60) and a coil pack I think they are about $80.It has yet to get a wheel alignment still drives straight .I drive this car all over united states and I haul heavy car parts with it !
Powerful engine, good gas mpg (about 25 no load highway, heavy load still 20 mpg!) fantastic ice cold air, comfortable ride, bought at 56,000 miles and still going at 186,000 miles
Odd electrical glitches on dash board come and go like the wind. White paint defective and chips easily avoid White. Heavy seats to take in and out.
Powerful, nice looking, easy seat removal, holds resale value, 18-24 mpg was right on, tires wear great versus a lot of vans that wear out front tires. Lot of pick up and very comfortable. Radio iffy so replace with aftermarket. Otherwise a 10!
Easy access of options, power and pick up, great looking silver color.
Overall, an attractive, comfortable van. Gas consumption is ok for a van. Some nice options available. Has plenty of power, compared to other small vans.
Power sliding doors are nice but frequently break down. Dual AC controls are good.
Better build quality. Frequent repairs are needed for leaky intake manifold gaskets, causing "check engine soon" light for O2 sensors. Power sliding door has frequent breakdowns. Transmissions have many breakdowns reported. Repairs are expensive!