A three-speed manual was standard, with a Dagenham four-speed manual introduced for 1963 and discontinued in 1964; the 170 cubic-inch engine was offered with a 3-speed automatic in 1964 and the larger two engines were both offered with a 3-speed automatic as an option thereafter. Highway driving at 55-60 mph is only showing 25-26 mpg on the information display, not 30 as estimated. Commercial or fleet users represented 95% of sales, with cargo vans accounting for nearly half of production. For its 2021 model year revision, the E-Series cutaway cab adopts the 7. The main thing I don't like about this vehicle is the fuel economy that comes along with owning a gas powered truck. Toward the end of the 1990s, Ford began to phase out the use of the Econoline and Club Wagon nameplates. Developed as a replacement for the E-Series passenger and cargo van, the Transit was co-developed by Ford in North America, with a full line of passenger, cargo, cutaway, and chassis-cab configurations.
For the first time since 1974, the E series was given a glove box, shared with the Super Duty trucks. The bed is also a large plus for keeping the interior clean. To bring the exterior of the Econoline in line with other Ford trucks, the egg-crate grille was replaced with an eight-hole oval-shaped cutout matching the Ford Explorer and F-150. It was hilarious looking at their expressions. With about 15 or so mpg, it doesn't compete with newer vehicles and trucks on today's current market place. Originally, it came with four bucket seats and a bench third row.
I have over 300,000 miles on it, and it still runs like a top with no issues what so ever. The average and instant mpg shown on the information display is pretty acurate when compared to actual gas used and miles driven. My girlfriend was amazed at the capacity of this beast and also my skill at using it to the fullest. For 2001, the Chateau was dropped, replaced by the E-150 Traveler; due to low sales, it was dropped after a single model year. The option to go off-road or on the beach is a big plus for me, especially since I live very close to the ocean.
For 1995, the taillamps were revised, removing the amber turn signals. Sharing the forward-control configuration of the , through its mid-engine chassis, the Econoline pickup truck saw no engine intrusion into the cargo bed. While introduced alongside the Chevrolet Corvair van for 1961, the Ford Econoline established many design precedents adopted by successive designs of American vans, including the Chevrolet Van and Dodge A100 and the European Ford Transit. I have 99 Chevy Malibu v6. I have over 300,000 miles on it, and it still runs like a top with no issues what so ever. Nothing is obstructed on the dashboard.
The interior saw a complete redesign of the dashboard, adopting dual airbags for all models. In Canada, the Econoline was marketed through both the sales networks of both Ford and Lincoln-Mercury as a Mercury , to increase its presence outside of urban areas. From 2015 onward, the E-Series has remained in production solely for commercial markets in cutaway-cab and stripped chassis configurations. While gaining an intercooler over its predecessor, due to the lack of airflow in the engine compartment compared to Super Duty trucks , Ford had to detune the E-Series version of the 6. It looks fancy on the outside, but inside, it's a rugged 150 Ford truck. A stillborn variant of the Econoline, the , nearly reached production as the first American minivan. So, it has the nice custom side windows.
Controls are within reach and familiar. Other than that, I don't have much to complain about. I won't confess to how fast I've really driven this on the turnpikes, but I will say it will do whatever it says on the speedometer ; It's great either way. Such a comfortable ride, much room for all the kids,ranging from infant to 17 years old. For 2003, coinciding with the exterior facelift, the interior received a new engine cover with redesigned cup holders. In June 2014, production of E-Series passenger and cargo vans was discontinued as sales of the began in North America.
Another option first introduced on the vehicle is a rear-view backup camera; widely available on smaller vehicles, it is the first in the full-size van segment. With a 58-year production run, the Ford E series is the second longest-produced nameplate by Ford worldwide; only the Ford F series 1948—present has been produced longer. So far no mechanic has found any problem. Based on , Ford became the first American manufacturer to adapt body-on-frame construction to a full-size van. The gas mileage is about 15-20 mpg, which isn't too great according to today's standards. I like the reliability of the vehicle. When redesigning the interior of the E-series for 1992, Ford chose to modernize the driver compartment of the vehicle.
In another revision, the front turn signal lenses become amber in color. From 1961 to 2005, the Ford E series was assembled at in. The diesel V8 engines were available only in Econoline 350s or Club Wagons sold on the same chassis. I definitely underpaid for the satisfaction from ownership! If there is one thing I would change, it would be for greater fuel economy. Through its production, the first-generation Ford Econoline was offered in several variants, with four versions of the cargo van. Sometimes I just cruise in it for an occasional attitude adjustment.
Another issue is the V6 engine. For 2011, to commemorate the 50th year of production, Ford offered a 50th Anniversary Edition of the E-Series. It's very convenient for putting tools or bikes in the back for transportation. Mileage will also increase when the 6 speed automatic can be paired with the 4 cylinder engine in May 2008. Another thing I don't like about this vehicle is the stock radio. These windows are great for the dogs and people too.