1988 Ford Econoline Review

1988 Ford Econoline E-150 straight 6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission straight 6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired300000 miles
Most recent distance450000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar


Great economy, very uncomfortable


Brake wear. Other than that, basically nothing... some rust on the wheel wells.

General Comments:

Bought it cheap to transport band equipment up and down the 401... incredibly uncomfortable, but it's built like a tank. straight 6 engine is indestructible; hit a large chunk of debris which ripped the oilpan on the 401, causing most if not all the oil to gush out of the engine. The engine overheated and seized, but started up again about an hour later, and ran until we hit the nearest gas station (maybe half an hour later).

Power and torque were quite good, particularly considering this van had a massively built-up rear suspension (had been used by previous owner to transport molds weighing several tons).

The cabin is completely unrefined, and it had no windows besides front door and front, which made visibility rather poor.

Gas mileage was significantly better than any of the V8 vans I had owned before.

I would buy another one of these in a heartbeat if it had that engine, and I had a need to transport a large amount of goods cheaply.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2010

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 1 review