1997 Ford E-150 Consumer Review: Got a Lemon

1997 Ford E-150 - Consumer Review

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Econoline Cargo Van (4.2L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Got a Lemon
By stillbuyinfordsfords on


1997 Ford E-150 Econoline 3dr Cargo Van


Luckily I bought the 70000 mile
extended warranty. At 50000 miles the
transmission went out requiring a
complete rebuild. At 65000 miles the
engine leaked coolant into the
crankcase requiring a new
longblock.Most irritating was that the
radiator was replaced by Ford with a
faulty radiator which I drove 18000
miles in 8 months---Fords policy is 12
mo. or 12000---which means I had to Pay.
In one three month period the
dealership had the van longer than I
did!.I hope that this is indicative of
the newer vans--my 1990 has 200000 on
it and going strong.Warning! don't buy
the V6 standard engine---it's
absolutely gutless in every sense of
the word.

Best Features

---Fantastic rear view mirrors and driver ergonomics ---Really quiet for a cargo van ---Awsome standard radio ---Really good A/C

Worst Features

Build a drivetrain that holds up! Warranty replacement parts that are not subject to wear and tear for the full twelve months. I think a radiator shouldn't wear out in 18000 miles.
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