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2001 Ford Econovan JH Maxi MWB 2.0litre Carb Inline-Four SOHC 8-valve from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0litre Carb Inline-Four SOHC 8-valve Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135450 kilometres
Most recent distance139475 kilometres
Previous carFord Econovan

Summary:

Excellent van, probably one of the best ever made

Faults:

Rear brake drums seized due to poor adjustment of brake shoes by previous owner.

General Comments:

Excellent van. The vision is fantastic, comfortable, good a/c unit.

The payload is excellent at 1378kg, immense for this class. 4.4 cubic metres of cargo capacity is also quite a good thing.

Definitely recommended for someone after a reliable commercial vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

14th Jan 2008, 15:12

Damn, now why is it that your cousins over here in North America can't get stuff like you lads and lass's do Down Under?

It's a crying shame I tell you

1984 Ford Econovan MWB van 1.4L OHC UC petrol turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.4L OHC UC petrol turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance79000 kilometres
Previous carFord Meteor

Summary:

Was fun while it lasted, what happened was inevitable

Faults:

After installing the NGM TO4 turbocharger in June 1991, and fabricating intake plenums, manifolds and cooling plumbing, on the first test run, running boost at 10 psi the engine saw some 8000rpm action and the stock crankshaft snapped and was replaced with a cryogenically strengthened item

A new exhaust had to be made to suit the extra power

Everything for this van had to be fabricated as there were no off-the-shelf kits available then.

Custom boost-referenced pistons and conrods were made, but the engine was overall unreliable as a turbocharged engine

Head gasket blew out at 75,000 in '92, due to the boost, inter-cooler cracked, blow-through setup was extremely unreliable and flooding was a big issue. Was replaced with a boost suitable gasket.

The engine seized in '93 as a result of a cracked sump, starvation of oil from the housing also saw the turbo seize from overheating.

The van was retired to my carport where it sat until November 1998 when I decided I should tow it away. I ended up selling the cylinder head with all valvegear and custom cam, custom pistons (all they needed were to be machined after the seizure) turbocharger/intercooler setup, with all the custom parts, custom clutch and diff gears to someone with a 1980 Mazda 323 with the same engine and gearbox.

General Comments:

It was a fun van to drive, dangerous, but fun, I managed to get it off the clock at probably 190km/h, and the speedo only goes to 160km/h.

A truck intercooler was cut-down and used, with better results in hot weather and less detonation. Mounted up under the front bumper it was hidden from view as to not show that the van was turbocharged.

A custom grind camshaft was made to increase lift (by about 100 thou) to be more boost friendly.

Interestingly enough, apart from a custom single-plate heavy-duty clutch, the gearbox and differential never failed on me, the only thin g I did was drop a new gearset (3.90:1) in place of the old one (4.90:1) into the stock diff housing for more top-speed friendly gearing. But it would still smoke the rears if you gave it a bit from the lights.

It just had too many problems and eventually it just cried enough.

It used to be an Electrodry carpet cleaning van, until 1991, when the performance bug bit. I left the Electrodry paint scheme on the van instead of painting it, it was a great sleeper van, the looks on some people's faces taking off from the lights, and back in the early 90's it was quite a sight! Even with all the equipment in it, it still got up and went.

With the dual-wheel rear axle it had excellent traction, which was handy with the extra power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2006

11th Feb 2007, 17:20

Oh man a turbo Econovan, now that's crazy, I can imagine that it was quick, was a shame what happened to it.

8th Sep 2007, 06:18

I used to own an Econovan. Best can ever. Damn reliable. I can't believe you Turbocharged one. That's the funniest thing I've heard for a long time. I would never have thought of doing it myself. A tubocharged Econovan, and you pulled 190k's. How did it feel at that speed? Watch out for a crosswind I suppose. Dude that's awesome. I want one.

17th May 2009, 09:39

One of the worst cars I ever owned. I had a blown head gasket and engine problems after less than 2 weeks ownership from a used car yard, and it ended up in the wreckers a short time afterward. Old Fords are heaps of junk. I would never buy a used Ford van again.

2000 Ford Econovan Maxi 2.0litre Inline-Four, SOHC 8-valve, Carburettor from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0litre Inline-Four, SOHC 8-valve, Carburettor Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired101731 kilometres
Most recent distance104755 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pintara

Summary:

Excellent vehicle. Great value for money. I recommend it to anyone in need of a van

Faults:

The car had no faults.

General Comments:

Easily one of the best vans on the market.

The rear payload, one of the highest in its class, was 1378kg (3032lbs).

Performance, by van standards, is quite good, as is comfort, and they are bullet proof.

I would definitely recommend one to anyone who needs a commercial vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2006

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