1996 Ford Econoline Reviews

1996 Ford Econoline 150 5.8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 5.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Reliable and comfortable

Faults:

When I bought the car, I had to replace a wiring harness and the power steering pump.

The windshield wiper control module is about worn out and will need to be replaced soon. The wipers cycle three times when you start the car; however, the windshield wipers still work fine, so I haven't replaced it yet.

General Comments:

The engine and transmission are solid. There are no leaks on either, and they both function smoothly. Mine is a conversion van. The A/C is medium in our hot desert summers. The heat also takes a bit long to get warm.

Overall it is an excellent van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2013

1996 Ford Econoline 5.8 EFI from Netherlands

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.8 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Transit

Summary:

It's great!

Faults:

Replaced the radiator in 2004, which is normal after 100.000 miles.

Replaced the multi-belt along with the idler and tensioner, which is also normal.

That's it, folks!

General Comments:

This is without a doubt the best car I have ever owned. It's roomy, it handles good, and has enough power to be quicker than many other "normal" cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2005

1996 Ford Econoline Conversion 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carMercury Grand Marquis

Summary:

Great value if you need room for seven people and all their stuff

Faults:

Needed new shocks/brakes/tires after 50,000 miles.

Needed to replace the engine coolant temperature sensor.

Air pump was replaced after it got too noisy.

Needed transmission flushed due to dirty fluid after 55,000 miles.

General Comments:

Good value for the size and interior space.

Slow acceleration with the 5.0 liter engine.

Poor rear visibility for city traffic, but fine for the open road.

You sit up very high, so forward visibility is great.

Mine is a conversion van, so interior has a few squeaks and rattles.

Price was far less than for a large SUV, plus more room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2001

25th Jan 2002, 21:14

I agree with everything but the slow acceleration. We have a 94 with the same motor and it will hit 60mph really quick.

1st Apr 2003, 14:36

We have a 1998 E150 Conversion model with 53,000 miles and other than a factory recall for a minor transmission repair, it has been a dream to own. TONS of room for a family of four (or larger) and the only way to travel long distances. We get just over 13mpg on the highway with the 5.0 liter engine. I think it accelerates adequately for its size and it handles well. It was 8-10 thousand less than a comparably equipped SUV and has a lot more room, especially headroom. Great vehicle that I would definitely buy again (and may get a second one in the meantime).

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews