Ford Econovan Reviews

1995 Ford Econovan Maxi Extra Long 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Most recent distance500000 kilometres
Previous carFord Econovan

Summary:

Great (I have two). What more can I say?

Faults:

Bought it with a wearing noise in the gearbox (changed it for $350).

The roof needs repainting; has cracked and peeled off in areas.

Blinker switch cluster needed replacing.

Middle seat belt latch exploded into pieces one day (my 7 year old girl is very strong :) ).

Air-con not working; would put it down to oldness, but my previous Econovan Maxi didn't work, this Econovan Maxi doesn't work, and its replacement, just bought, also doesn't work.

Rear bushes were changed before I bought the van.

General Comments:

Seats are OK, but only for about 4 hours of driving; they then get a bit uncomfortable.

No power steering (rare to find one with). OK, except for parking, which can get a bit tough.

It's the longest version, which is about three meters long, so is great for a camper van. 2m for the bed, 1m for the kitchen area.

Need to check for rust around the roof line, as water vapor (think a wet t-shirt on a hot day) rises inside to the ceiling, then follows the roof down each side into the roof canals on the inside (all three of my vans had roof rust to some degree).

Rear visibility is difficult, especially at night (rear camera and spotty will fix this).

Can be hard to start in cold weather, as there was no fuel injection till I think the 2000 models.

Also my 95 has points, not electric ignition (open the passenger seat up, and on the edge nearest you, close to the alternator, if there is a rectangular white box the size of a cigar, then it's points). This means tuneups every six months.

They keep up with traffic, being a little slow around the 40klm mark (but then mine carries a fridge, micro and batteries).

Finding seat covers can be frustrating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2012

1991 Ford Econovan 2.0L FE petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0L FE petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired226000 kilometres
Most recent distance312000 kilometres

Summary:

Very versatile

Faults:

Had to replace Indicator/Multi Switch at 280000.

Nothing really gone wrong as I've had a regular maintenance schedule.

In-line fuel filter needs replacing regularly (every 10,000 k with oil change)

Rear shocks needed replacing.

Replaced Timing Belt at 294000 (now on third timing belt.

LT Tyres tend to last about 40000 kms.

Watch fan belt tightness, can lead to overheating.

Runs better on V-groove spark plugs.

Exhaust Manifold gasket is difficult to replace as studs tend to break!

Paintwork on roof is very dodgy has to repaint 5 or 6 times.

Rust in side panels at base.

General Comments:

Awesome van, lived in it for a while. Very reliable. Gets you where you want to go, with no need to book into a hotel. With regular maintenance the engine appears indestructible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2008

8th Jul 2012, 12:36

I have a 95 Econovan Maxi. The roof needs painting, and the blinker switchy thing also needed replacing (so must be a trait?).

Now the good; it's indestructible! Never needs any fluids, and is great to drive, even without power steering (I also own a 96 Maxi with power steering; very rare).

30th Aug 2012, 05:31

Hi!

I have a 1992 Ford Econovan Maxi. When I bought it, it was running superb for at least 4 months, but about 2 months ago it stopped just suddenly, after running very twitchy for a while. First thought was that it might be the fuel filter, but the filter was clean and looked very good. I have got it started again, but it has still been running a bit twitchy, without stopping for a while. And now lately it has started to run very bad again, once it's stopped, and it took an hour before we could get it running again. It is a problem that seems to be coming back every now. One mechanic thought it might be the carburetor that was full of crap, but after talking to a carb serviceman, I have heard if it is the carb, it wouldn't start again unless I would have cleaned the carb, which I haven't.

Anyone have any thoughts of what it could be??

Glad for any suggestions!

Cheers Conny.

27th Oct 2012, 17:54

It may be a bit late for this person to be helpful, but it may be useful for others. A dirty carby or fuel filter, or other blockages in the fuel system, quite often are intermittent, and can come & go as described. The foreign material builds up at the filter or carby jet, until it impedes the flow of fuel. When the motor or pump is stopped, the material can disperse to a certain degree, & allow the car to run at various degrees of performance, until it constricts the fuel flow again.

29th Dec 2012, 21:05

Did you find out the cause? Sounds very similar to the problem I am having...

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 5 reviews