2006 Ford E-Series Van User Reviews
E-350 Super Duty Extended shown
- $7,098 - $9,323
- No trim specified for this review
- 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.
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