1992 Ford Econoline E-150 from North America - Comments

13th Sep 2006, 08:59

I have to agree with everyone on the 1992 Ford Econoline. I bought mine about a year ago and had problems with it ever since. It first started with the battery not holding a charge so we replaced the alternator. That solved the problem. Then it seems like every other week we were putting more and more money into it. We then had to replace the alternator belt, replace the water pump, put new front and back breaks on it, I now need a new transmission because it won't shift at all. There is a beeping noise that constantly beeps when ever it feels like it and its quite annoying. The alternator belt is now worn again creating a loud wailing noise when started up. The cigarette lighters don't work. There is a major oil leak coming from somewhere and I haven't got that checked out because I know its probably head gaskets. It seems like a never ending battle with this thing. I'm sick and tired of putting money into it.

5th Dec 2006, 17:36

I bought my 92 Ford E150 conversion van back in 98. Only problems so far is that the overdrive in the tranny disappeared two years ago, had to replace the clutch fan, three sets of front brake pads, battery, and a fan belt. Now the driver’s side window motor went out.

27th Mar 2007, 11:51

You all have to understand that you are driving a 15 year old vehicle. I have had my 1992 E150 4 years, I have 142000 miles on it. I haven’t had to put a cent in it until know. I have to replace the heater core. Other than poor gas mileage I love it. Maybe luck has a lot to do with it or maybe a little 1st. echelon maintenance could also help, seems to have helped me. Good luck to all. Now can I get some help with replacing the heater core?

Thank You In Advance.

6th Dec 2008, 14:03

I think it's pretty unrealistic to buy a 10 to 15 year old vehicle and then complain that it needs a standard wear item like an alternator or water pump. If you want to go cheap, you have to ante up for some small repairs.

27th Mar 2010, 16:57

I bought a 1992 E-150 conversion (Ciara) and fell in love with it. I expected to have to put some money in it. I put new plugs and wires (still had the originals) in it. Had to put an exhaust manifold gasket on it... no biggie. We drove it for quite some time. Like I said, I was totally in love with the van. We knew it was going to need brakes, so we did new brake pads, rotors, calipers, and hoses up front. The back looked immaculate so we didn't change those. All was lovely till one day my fiance was driving to work and the van spontaneously combusted... fuel line rupture. It burnt to the ground before the fire department (1 block away) could get to it. Do I think that it was because the van was bad??? No, I think accidents happen. I would love to find another van like it, but really need something that's gets a little better than 15-17 miles per gallon.

5th May 2010, 19:11

I just bought an 1992 E-150 Conversion Van. It has 218,000 miles on it and runs like a champ!

Sure, I've done some minor repairs! Normal maintenance items so far, like an idler pulley and some brake work. It needed a muffler and tail pipe and an oil change when I got it.

I've driven about 2500 miles so far, and am quite pleased with my purchase and with its reliability. With that many miles, it must be dependable!

It's the best $800.00 bucks I've ever spent, and I feel I got a great deal!

OF COURSE things will go wrong with an 18 year old vehicle! Do you know a teenager that doesn't occasionally get into trouble?

30th Jun 2010, 09:39

Have my 92 e150 for a month now.

The paint and stripes were good, a little dirty inside, it drove fine. Well, I should have checked further. The previous owners never did any maintenance. So far the front brakes have been replaced and the cross ties re-welded. I had to re-do all the air conditioning at 2 grand, the oil, lube & tranny service. It still needs a tune up and rear brakes, but I can hold off.

What I don't know is how to operate the house accessories. The plug in at the sink doesn't appear to have power. The panel up front allows me to turn on the reading lights, TV, etc. but I don't know what the "accessories" switch does.

Anybody know about the plug receptacle?

Thanks.

1st Aug 2010, 16:36

Where do you add power steering fluid?

16th Sep 2010, 07:02

I bought my 1992 E-150 Econoline a few month back. It already had 250k miles on a clock but I figured $900 ain't gonna break the piggy bank.

The van runs great, everything works on this van, the engine does not have a single leak, the transmission shifts smooth with exception of the overdrive when it shifts hard.

Other than that, all I need to do after I purchased the van was a standard maintenance.

Well, I'm wondering if I get to turn 300k miles on the clock. So far so good!

13th Nov 2010, 01:31

The 1992 Ford E150 is on a recall list because of a potential fire hazard. Here in Iowa, I found out when I bought and registered mine, they sent me a letter saying to contact a dealership for the free repair. I don't know much about Ford electronics, but whatever the issue is, they replaced the part while I waited, took like 15 minutes.

17th Nov 2010, 10:19

I've had my 92 E150 since new and have taken it all over the country pulling a pop-up trailer. Just took a 2500 mile trip to South Padre this summer. The van has near 200,000 miles and runs like new.

The air conditioner has never been very good and I've replaced the radiator and heater core, front brakes every several years, right side manifold, two mufflers, universal joints and normal maintenance items. We've had several recalls over the years with the cruise control and ignition.

Would love to have a new one but this one still does the job. It's been a great van. Next summer has not been decided yet, Florida, California, or Yellowstone. Wherever it is the van will be with us just like the last eighteen summers.

29th Dec 2010, 15:18

I bought my 92 Econoline van from a friend for $1000. It looks great and is overall in very good condition, but had 190,000 plus miles on it. He had rebuilt the tranny once, and I think he also said he had the engine rebuilt.

Everything works on it, other than now it's time to replace the blower motor. It started out being noisy on occasion, but now is really noisy all of the time that the fan is on. No big deal; routine maintenance.

I've taken it on a few multi-state road trips, and put almost 10,000 miles on it since buying it, yet it still runs great and has no problems. Very cozy inside. My kids love it. Plenty of storage space inside.

The running boards and tinted windows make it look really good compared to other similar vans I've seen.