1998 Ford E-150 Econoline

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1998 Ford E-150 Econoline Review

This full-size van will not disappoint.

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Overview

When you think of full-size vans, you probably picture the Ford E-Series. The Ford E-series of vans has dominated the full-size van market for almost two decades, and the 1998 Ford E-150 Econoline shows that Ford has every intention of staying on the top. The 1998 model year brings only a few style changes, but then again, why fix something that isn't broken. The E-150 is an excellent choice for drivers who need to haul people or cargo. While it is certainly larger than standard passenger vans, it is smaller than its siblings, the E-250 and E-350, making it easier to get in and out of parking spaces and garages. Either way you look at it, the Ford E-150 Econoline continues to be an American favorite in the full-size van class.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size van
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-150 Econoline

What's New

The 1998 Ford E-150 Econoline, and really the whole E-Series, has not received many changes for this model year. Optional audio units receive minor styling changes while instrument panel lighting goes from blue-green to green. Models equipped with power door locks get a rear door lock switch. In terms of paint color, the Colonial White option is discontinued. Also, Denim Blue replaces Crystal Blue, and three new colors are introduced: Deep Forest Green, Carribean Green, and Light Blue Metallic.

Exterior

The exterior of the 1998 Ford E-150 Econoline is the quintessential van. The front end has been changed over time, and is now a mildly-sloping hood that rounds off to the updated front grille with an oval cut-out. The bottom of the front bumper has been raised slightly and had a cut-out added. It comes with 15-inch wheels. A camper/towing package and rear step bumper are available as options.

Interior

There aren't a lot of frills on the inside of the 1998 Ford E-150 Econoline. All seats are vinyl, but cloth is available as an option. The dash and console are simple, yet functional and the seats have also been redesigned to be more comfortable and provide better support. There is a slight lack of creature comforts, which Ford makes up for with the optional models and packages such as the Chateau Club Wagon, but overall the cabin feels comfortable and gets the job done.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Ford E-150 Econoline comes standard with a 4.2-liter, V-6 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. A more powerful 4.6-liter V-8 and 5.4-liter V-8 are both available as options and should be considered depending on the cargo and towing demands. The more powerful engines allow the E-150 to haul or tow a good payload without suffering from lag. The acceleration capabilities are not all that great, but they are capable highway cruisers. Due to the sheer overall size of the vehicle and it sitting fairly high off the ground, the E-150 can be difficult to handle. It is responsive to steering changes, but the suspension causes it to be stiff around turns and it requires the driver to be cautious.

Safety

The 1998 Ford E-150 Econoline comes with standard driver and passenger front airbags, power brakes, and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes. A lighted, keyless entry system, limited slip differential, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes are available as options. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration awards the 1998 E-150 four stars for passenger safety and three stars for driver safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-150, 4.2-liter V-6: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Ford E-150, 4.6-liter V-8: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Ford E-150, 5.4-liter V-8: 11/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent hauling and towing capacity
  • Great engine choices
  • Reliable and proven platform
  • Good handling

You Won't Like

  • Hard to park in some garages
  • Lack of creature comforts
  • Slightly bulky and tall

Sum Up

This full-size van will not disappoint.

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