1985 Ford Econoline Review

1985 Ford Econoline XLT 4.9 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.9 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carFord F150


A beast. Probably the most powerful vehicle ever made


Fuel filter at 120,000.

Wire to alternator at 130,000 wasn't charging.

Too powerful.

General Comments:


The strong 300 inline six pulled a 16ft trailer 4ft tall off shingles.

Lots of room.

No heater or A/C.

Rattles badly, but it is 27 years old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2012

2nd Jun 2012, 07:23

Too powerful wow.

A 1980's American vehicle with a 4.9L engine is probably around 180bhp.

If you want to experience power, try swapping that engine with the 7.3L V8 and supercharge it :P.

2nd Jun 2012, 08:26

"A beast. Probably the most powerful vehicle ever made"

- Don't tell that to the Bugatti Veyron!!!

4th Jun 2012, 08:29

"Too powerful" Are you joking? A 1985 Econoline with a 4.9 liter inline six -" the most powerful vehicle ever made"? I hate to burst your bubble, but it put out about 120 hp. That engine put out 145hp tops (in the 1990's).

What will be the title of your next review - "1963 Volkswagen 111 Sedan - The fastest car ever made"?

6th Jun 2012, 00:21

Faults: Too powerful??

8th Jun 2012, 14:34

Obviously his intent was amusing hyperbole, and the 300 six is a sufficiently powerful engine and very appropriate to the Econoline's purpose: it may only produce less than 150 horsepower, but torque was prodigious, and as in most long-stroke inline-sixes, made down low. High torque at low RPMs is really the key to enjoyable motoring.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review