2006 Ford E-Series Van User Reviews
E-350 Super Duty Extended shown
- $7,098 - $9,323
- Ready to work as soon as you drive it off the lot, solid ride, looks
- base trim level seats too soft, not enough storage
I just bought this truck and what sold me was the ride. I spend ALOT of time in the vehicle for work. in ALL environments. freeway, city, back roads, rural areas. here are a few observations from the comparison with chevy.
Ford has a stronger feeling, more substancial ride and took the bumps well. The comparible Chevy van felt light. Fords fit and finish was better, and this impressed me. Inside the van box, all the metal cut outs that would normaly be hidden by seats and panels in the passenger models were reasonable smooth,and evenly spaced. they reminded one of lightening holes made in steel girders and were not unattractive.
Inside the Chevy, the same openings were arranged seemily at random, and were very sharp edged and ugly. Even I, as a pure tradesman, felt the urge to cover them with something. These are things that normally, no one will ever see...but thats the point.
My 1500 silverado was not a big load carrier. it was squirlly with alot of wieght (30 forty pound bags of cement for ex.) in the back. I loved it otherwise. granted I did not get to try the VAN loaded, but the truck and the van have the same drive train and appeared to have a similar chassis so far as "beef" goes. I doubt its safe load capacity would be greater then the pickup trucks by a large margin.
The ford does not drive much different weather it has a moderate load or is empty. the ride is stiff. The steering is not as crisp as the chevy, due to the fact that Ford still uses the simpler old fashioned steering linkages. (chevy uses rack and pinion)
Both vans are in my eyes attractive in appearance. the ford "small 8" 4.6L is very smooth running. and the vehicle shifts well. The "ready to work" rack and bin package was a selling point. I bought it yesterday and worked it today. I did not like the large deep dashboard of the chevy. I think the small 8 might be a good compromise between the v6 (shy on power) and the regular eight (gas hog). Ford does not undercoat its vans like chevy does. they use a oily waxy coating of some sort. Time will tell. if the Ford
dissappoints me, they will lose me as a customer forever....read morehide
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- Good Ride
- Bad Gas Milage, Needed Brakes at 7000 miles, Cheap Body Parts
When I bought this van, the window sticker said 15/19 mpg. I get 10 to 11 in the city with the van empty. I rarely haul anything heavy, Yet I had to replace the brakes twice in 15,000 miles. Undersized brakes? I don't know. The first week the plastic panel on the door mirror fell off. The rubber gaskets on the cargo doors are falling off. You'd think they put a litttle glue on there to keep them in place....read morehide
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- great for long roadtrips and converting into beautiful truck
- billet grill not an option
beautiful truck inside and out, lots of room, upgradable to whatever the customer wants or needs!
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- The fuel economy OK, room good and will haul a big load and still STOP
After 20 years without a van I was pushed into another van. We bought a used 2005 E-350 with 16K. It is much like or old Ford 3/4 ton window van - a big box on wheels that can haul 1000 pounds of people and equipment while pulling a trailer with much more. It stops MUCH better with the disk and abs than our 1970. It gets much better fuel economy (18 mph highway as loaded above as opposed to the old van's 12 on a good day). It has aircondiitioning which is wounderful on the way home on a summer day in Texas. While it is not as big as the box truck that I was looking at, it carries almost as much and is much nicer. Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the E-350 van meets my current needs, I will say it is beautiful....read morehide
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- It will do the JOB!
- Oversized Engine, same styling from 70' ...
I have had enough of Detroit's commercial vans! Don't get me wrong, they will do the JOB! They are ok if you are not serious about using it for Shop on wheels, and they are good if GAS prices are $0.69 per Galon!
But if You are serious about using Your Van for many years without trouble and expensive repairs , Forget it!
FORD Vans like Mechanics! They love Oil Companies! and They love Technology from 60'!
If you are sofisticated contractor, and if you are looking for fully usable Comercial Cargo van , as shop on weels or just driving around town doing service calls, look into more efficient van! This one is not! 10 MPG! is just not enough!...read morehide
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