1995 Ford Econovan Maxi Extra Long 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Great (I have two). What more can I say?
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.
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