Massive people-hauling ability, increased horsepower, wide range of configurations.
Really too big for normal family use.
The Econoline is the best full-size van on the market and makes sense as an alternative to a large SUV.
Tough, roomy, rugged and reliable, Ford's Econoline full-size Wagons have a favorable, well-earned reputation. Since its introduction in 1960, Ford says it has sold more than 6 million Econolines.
The current lineup is quite extensive. The E-150 and E-350 Super Duty Wagons are the two Econolines designed to haul passengers. Econoline Wagons -- all on a 138-inch wheelbase -- accommodate seven or eight (E-150), 12 (E-350) or 15 (E-350 extended) passengers. Trailer ratings range from 4,700 pounds for an E-150 Wagon powered by a 4.2-liter V6, to 10,000 pounds for an E-350 Super Duty Extended Wagon with a 4.10 rear-axle ratio and either a 6.8-liter V10 or a 7.3-liter diesel.
The 5.4-liter Triton V8 and 6.8-liter V10 engines both serve up more power for 2000. The V8's horsepower increases from 235 to 255, and the V10 increases from 265 to 305. Torque increases from 335 pound-feet to 350 for the V8 and from 410 to 420 for the V10. All engines are teamed with an automatic overdrive transmission, and all gasoline engines feature a fail-safe cooling system to help protect against engine damage in case of a coolant loss.
Driving an Econoline, despite its passenger seating, differs little from piloting a delivery vehicle, so it's not a logical choice for everyday motoring -- though quite a few families happily employ their Wagons exactly that way. The virtues of sitting tall with a panoramic view of the road ahead can outweigh many a minor inconvenience -- such as the difficulty of squeezing these biggies into urban parking spots and compact garages. Handling is light, seats are acceptably comfortable, and Wagons don't ride badly at all, considering the old-fashioned suspension configurations they employ.
If you want to purchase a new full-size wagon, you're going to end up with either the Econoline, the Chevrolet Express, the GMC Savana, or the Dodge Ram Wagon. No other manufacturer has deemed it worthy to bully its way into the full-size wagon market. All four vehicles have similar prices, wheelbases and maximum passenger capacities (15 people). The Express, Savana and Econoline have more powerful optional engines, however. Horsepower and torque output from the Ford V10 and the GM big-block V8 are very similar. For buyers in this market, it will most likely come down to pricing and getting the desired options.
The 5.4-liter V8 and the 6.8-liter V10 gas engines generate more horsepower and torque. Four-wheel antilock brakes are now standard on all models. The Light Convenience Group (including courtesy lights, a rear cargo light, a chime warning module, a "headlamps on" alert and illuminated courtesy door lights) is now standard on all models. The handling package has been made standard on all Econolines. The towing package is standard on all wagons. The instrument panel has been simplified. Remote keyless entry and power sail-mount mirrors are standard on recreational vans.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2000 Ford Econoline Wagon.
This is our first ford and we bought it
new. In its first two years, the AC
system broke down five times
(compressor was replaced twice,
expansion valve replaced four times,
electrical switch replaced, flapper
door repaired), the transmission had to
be rebuilt, a door latch broke, the
connection between the steering column
and the steering box needed replacement
twice, one front seatbelt replaced, a
horrendous grinding noise at start-up
from the AC compressor from day one to
this day (the dealer showed us a Ford
service bulletin that says such a noise
is normal). Other than that, the truck
has been trouble free.
4.63 out of 5 stars
E-150 XL 3dr Van
You ever notice how many emergency vehicles and fleet vehicles are the Econoline. There is a reason there are nowhere near as many Chevy/GMC or Dodge vans chosen by the pros. This is my second E150 conversion and I put over 250,000 miles on my 1st ('88) but couldnt pass smog in SoCal so I had to trade it in for this one. So far, only had the alternator go out on this one and my 88 went a quarter million mile on the orig motor and transmission without ever a problem. Take care of these American Icons and they can last nearly forever. In the 70's I used to drive an Econoline between SD and LA for years as a Bonded Courier. Would not want any other ride because I never once had a problem!
3.63 out of 5 stars
Watch Those Brakes
E-350 Super Duty XL 3dr Van
I have a 2000 E350 Superduty van with v10. Performance is great - gas mileage ... well you don't buy a v10 for the mileage, you buy it for the POWER. The problem is I have 4 wheel disc brakes and after 45,000 miles I needed a brake job. What I discovered is that Ford uses cheap discs which rusted and required all four replaced. The cost was out of sight! My suggestion is watch out when buying used; check the discs.
3 out of 5 stars
big money pit
E-150 Chateau 3dr Van
I bought the van because we do alot of camping. I just paid it off in October of this year. Since Last year I have easily put 6K into the van. Alternator, tie rods, bearings, front end problems, transmission, Calipers, gear shift box, sensors, fuel pump, weird stuff like, "regulating bleeder valve". I love the van and the ride, just cant afford it anymore. It is seriously putting me in debt.
The Used 2000 Ford Econoline Wagon is offered in the following submodels: Econoline Wagon Van. Available styles include E-150 Chateau 3dr Van, E-150 XLT 3dr Van, E-350 Super Duty XL 3dr Ext Van, E-350 Super Duty XLT 3dr Ext Van, E-150 XL 3dr Van, E-350 Super Duty XLT 3dr Van, E-350 Super Duty XL 3dr Van, and E-350 Super Duty Chateau 3dr Van.
Pre-owned Ford Econoline Wagon models are available with a 4.2 L-liter gas engine or a 5.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 235 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2000 Ford Econoline Wagon comes with rear wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.
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