Ford Econoline Overview

Ford Econoline OverviewDriving an E-Series van is somewhat like piloting a big SUV, only there is a bit more rear overhang. Ford has done a good job making sure that certain aspects of the E-Series are not as gargantuan as the rest of the vehicle, such as placing the door handles down low so you don't have to reach up to operate them. In a nod to better visibility, the lower edge of the side glass extends far down the van's side, giving the passengers a good view in all directions and allowing the driver to see objects that might not appear in the sideview mirrors. The steering is moderately dampened to give the driver some sense of the road, and the ride is fairly smooth when the vehicle is fully loaded.

The E-Series offers a strong line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering good power and torque for the standard-wheelbase models. Extended-length E-250 and E-350 models offer a choice of powerplants, including the Triton V10 and Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel. While there is no denying the Power Stroke's ability to tow, the added premium of over $7,000 is difficult to justify, especially when the V10 offers more horsepower and nearly identical maximum torque, though at a higher rpm.}

Though it has undergone extensive reworking over the years, the E-Series still retains the same basic shape that has defined Ford vans since the late 1970s. Large chrome trim side glass provides an excellent view from within. The panel vans make wonderful conversion projects and come with a long list of optional fittings to make the job easier for the contractor. Larger front and rear disc brakes and calipers are fitted with a new brake pad material that improves stopping power and reduces heat buildup.

Ford has done a good job minimizing the vastness of the E-Series' all-new instrument panel, at least from the driver's point of view. It's still a reach to access the audio, navigation and climate controls, but some redundant controls on the steering wheel greatly reduce the number of times you'll need to stretch your arm. Improved seating provides greater support in the passenger van, which includes 11- and 14-passenger configurations with an open center aisle. Factory installed options such as the Masterack tool storage system, Cable Lock tool security system and the QuietFlex rack and bin system allow owners to custom-tailor their vans to better suit specific work-related requirements.

Ford E-Series Accessories And Features

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD -
Rear Door Type Dual
Engine Order Code 99W
Engine Order Code 99L
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V8
Displacement 4.6L/281
Displacement 5.4L/330
Fuel System SMPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 255 @ 4500
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 225 @ 4800
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 286 @ 3500
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 350 @ 2500
Engine Oil Cooler Yes
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code 44Q
Trans Type 4
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.55
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.32
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - TBD -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) 650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 155
Maximum Alternator Watts 2090
Maximum Alternator Watts 1620
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 25.0
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 28.3
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3700
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 5120
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2885
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2946
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2339
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2361
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 8600
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 8520
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 11500
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 12000
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 13000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 6000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 6500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7400
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 975
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1110
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 900
Suspension Type - Front Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Leaf 2-Stage
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3700
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 5120
Axle Type - Front Twin I-Beam
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 5000
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 5520
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 4.10
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.73
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 35.0
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 35.0
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.0
Brake Type Power
Brake ABS System 4-wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.58 x - TBD -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.58 x - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code T37
Rear Tire Order Code T37
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD -
Front Tire Size LT225/75R16E
Rear Tire Size LT225/75R16E
Spare Tire Size LT225/75R16E
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 2680
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 2680
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 2680
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 709
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 709
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare 709
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Steering Type Power
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 48.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 50.1
Frame Type Single Channel
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 35.0
Fuel Tank Location Midship
Side Door Type RH Dual Hinged
Side Door Type RH Sliding
Wheelbase (in) 138.0
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 216.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 79.4
Height, Overall (in) 82.4
Overhang, Front (in) 34.9
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) 43.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 28.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in) - TBD -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 49.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 53.9
Side Door Opening Height (in) 48.2
Side Door Opening Width (in) 44.8
Side Door Opening Width (in) 45.6
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) 138.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 122.4
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 52.5
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 28.0
Cargo Volume (ft³) 237.8
Cargo Volume (ft³) 146.4
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Capacity 1
Passenger Capacity 2
Front Head Room (in) 42.0
Front Leg Room (in) 40.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 68.1
Front Hip Room (in) 65.5