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1997 Ford Econoline

Overall rating:  Product Rating: 5.0

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Good Van

by bestyear:      Jul 6, 2003 - Updated Jul 10, 2003

Product Rating: 5.0 Recommended: Yes 

Pros: Large storage capacity. Good engine power.
Cons: none
The Bottom Line: Very good van.

I have driven this van at work off and on
for about three years. We got it brand new.
I used it mostly to deliver fifty five gallon
drums of liquid chemicals. I could load up to
six drums at a time plus the pumping equipment.
The six drums weighed a little over three
thousand pounds. The pumping equipment weighed
about three hundred pounds.

The first thirty thousand miles we did not have
any problems with it. The first thing that went
bad was the air conditioner. It went bad after
about thirty thousand miles. It cost about five
hundred dollars to get it fixed. The next thing
went bad at about fifty thousand miles. That was
the power steering. That cost about one thousand
dollars to get repaired. It took us about one
hundred thousand miles before we had a flat tire.

We drove this van to deliver drums of liquid chemicals
distances of up to two hundred miles one way.
An average delivery trip would be between two
hundred and four hundred miles round trip. But
about once a week we would have a delivery trip of
more than four hundred miles round trip.

The eight cylinder V eight engine had a lot of power.
Empty or full the van did not have any trouble with
hills or passing other vehicles on the road.

The van had a fuel tank that held about thirty six
gallons of gasoline.

I found that empty the van got about fourteen miles
per gallon in the city and about twenty four miles per
gallon out on the highway. Then when it had a load
of two thousand to three thousand pounds it got about
twelve miles per gallon in the city and about nineteen
miles per gallon out on the highway.

It was a good driving van and easy to load and unload.
I had to use a fork-lift to load the drums into the van.
It had two pairs of swinging doors. One pair at the rear
and another pair of swinging doors on the passenger side.
They would squeak when the hinges dried out. So we would
have to spray a little WD-40 on them every so often.

I sat in both driver and passenger seats at different times
and they each were very comfortable.
Amount Paid (US$): 14,000
Condition: New
Model Year: 1997
Model and Options: Automatic, Large fuel tank
Product Rating: 5.0
Recommended: Yes 
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