2000 Ford Econoline E350 Super Duty 6.8L V10 from North America
Overall a very good van
At 140,000km the front spindles had to be replaced because they became corroded (rusty) where the bearing seal sits. I don't consider this to be normal wear and tear, and complained to Ford to no avail. I had them replaced with a good used pair along with backing plates/seal deflectors from a van a couple of years older than mine. Previous years of this van came with backing plates but Ford stopped using them I believe by 1999 or so (that was a mistake). These backing plates help protect the seal area.
The IAC (idle air control) valve is starting to misbehave, but what do you expect after 7 years and 534,000km.
Nothing else has gone wrong with the van, just normal maintenance.
I use this van 7 days a week for deliveries with lots of highway and city use. I often carry very heavy loads, up to 6500lbs (I added an extra rear leaf to the springs), and go up mountainous terrain with full loads.
Overall it has been very dependable as I keep up with routine maintenance and use synthetic oil for the V10 engine (original motor and 4R100 transmission still). As it doesn't get too hot here, I ordered it without A/C to keep the engine compartment simple, have one less system to go wrong, and to maximize gas mileage. The rear end differential bearings have been replaced twice, only because of the heavy loads.
Being a one ton van with 4.10 rear end gears, this van handles very well and accelerates very quickly (425ft/lbs of torque). I get an average of 17 miles per gallon (CAN).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th July, 2007