We purchased a 12 passenger (1993) & loved it, selling it at 210K miles when it was still going strong. We replaced it with a 1996 & drove it to 181K miles (and still going) and bought a newer one (2006).
We have used them as moving vans by easily removing the (heavy) seats. We love being able to pull a bench out for luggage & still having plenty of seating. I love the underseat storage for shoving a box to throw kids toys/books into or for stowing luggage.
This van is our family bus, our pick
up truck, our camper and more. It will
go from hauling 15 people to hauling 8
people and 8 bicycles to a camper for
a family of 5 with a queen size
matress and 2 large coolers in the
back, all with the flip of a few quick
release seat locks.
230,000 miles and running strong.Super
duty means super duty.
Rock solid motor, flexible seat /
cargo arrangement, privacy glass
Cup holders, rear passenger reading
lights, rear power outlets.
We needed a BIG van for our growing
brood - 9 children. When you're
looking for 15-passenger van, the
pickings are pretty slim. You can go
with Dodge, Chevy or Ford. In my
opinion, it's no contest - Ford simply
makes the better van. We've owned this
van for 6 years, and have no intentions
of selling it any time soon. Keep in
mind, almost any repair on a vehicle of
this size will be expensive. The seats
are big and comfy, even for adults.
This van can haul a family of 11,
including all their stuff, and a fully
loaded trailer and never miss a beat.
But don't expect much for gas mileage,
at best ours gets 15 mpg on the highway.
Lots of space. Easy to drive. Solid
Cupholders! Who had the bright idea of
providing only two cupholders in a van
desigend to carry 15 people?
My dislikes with this vehicle is that Ford didnt think through the fact you would have a vehicle capable of carrying 12 passengers and put in 4 drink holders in it 3 of which are located up front for the 2 front passengers. The other problem I have is the seat belts for the 2 center passenger seat always fall through the slots in the seats and fall to the floor and they are a bear to get back up through the seat. Other than those 2 complaints...I love my van.
I have really put this truck to the test when it comes to towing. I took it out west in '98 with 10 passengers towing approximately 5500 lbs and that van never skipped a beat going through those mountains. I trust that van to take me anywhere!
More cupholders!!!! Seat belts need improvement ie: better anchoring to the seats and the seat covers need to be better attatched to the underside of the seats.