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1999 Ford E-150 Econoline Review
A versatile van with plenty of uses.
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Ford Econoline vans have been around since 1961, a favorite of commercial users who turn these vans into mobile workplaces. Before the 1999 model, the eight-passenger E-150 underwent a significant upgrade in 1997 including a redesigned dash and fresh exterior styling. The 1999 E-150 is available in five trim styles: Recreational Cargo Van, Commercial Cargo Van, XL wagon, XLT wagon, and a special Chateau trim. A 4.2-liter, V-6 engine and four-speed automatic transmission are standard on all trims. A 4.6-liter V-8 and 5.4-liter V-8 are also available. All models are rear drive.
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-150 Recreational Cargo, Ford E-150 Commercial Cargo, Ford E-150 XL, Ford E-150 XLT, Ford E-150 Chateau
The 1999 Ford E-150 is equipped with an electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission that is standard and improved ""fail-safe"" cooling is a feature on all E-150 gas engines.
Standard features for the 1999 Ford E-150 include 15-inch wheels, three doors, a voltmeter, and intermittent windshield wipers. All E-150 models ride on a 138-inch wheelbase and measure 211.9 inches long overall. Monochrome paint with colored bumpers, aero-composite headlamps, and a center high-mounted brake light are standard on both Cargo models and the E-150 XL passenger van. Illuminated entry is standard on the Recreational Cargo van and optional on the Commercial cargo van and E-150 XL. Power door mirrors in body color or chrome, chrome bumpers and grille, alloy or chrome wheels, a trailer hitch, and remote keyless entry are optional on all three models. The E-150 XLT adds standard chrome bumpers and grille, a Camper/Towing package, and illuminated entry. The special E-150 Chateau trim rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and features two-tone paint in addition to all the standard features on the XLT. A chrome step bumper and power exterior mirrors are optional.
The 1999 Ford E-150's cargo van trims are set up for hauling or customization, with just two bucket seats in front. All models have a maximum cargo capacity of 230.1 cubic feet. The Commercial Cargo van comes with just the bare essentials, such as four-way manually adjustable seats, two 12-volt DC power outlets, and a simple two-speaker AM/FM stereo system. The standard Recreational Cargo model is similarly equipped but has additional optional features, including an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, a leather steering wheel, and a premium six-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer.
The 1999 Ford E-150's XL and XLT wagons are equipped to seat eight with front bucket seats and second- and third-row bench seats. The E-150 XL comes standard with cloth upholstery, power steering, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM radio. Front and rear air-conditioning, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, and an AM/FM/Cassette audio system are optional upgrades. The XLT adds power windows and door locks to the standard features, and captain’s chair front seating, a rear heater, a power driver’s seat, and a CD player to the optional upgrades. At the top of the line is the seven-passenger Chateau wagon. This model includes front and second-row captain’s chairs, leather steering wheel trim, power steering, air-conditioning, power windows and door locks, and an AM/FM stereo system, as well as all the optional upgrades available on the XLT model.
Performance & Handling
The standard engine for the 1999 Ford E-150 Econoline is a 4.2-liter V-6 that generates 195 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive sends power to the rear wheels. An optional 4.6-liter V-8 boosts the horsepower to 220 and torque to 290 lb-ft. A 5.4-liter V-8 is available and generates 235 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Properly equipped, the E-150 can tow up to 4700 pounds.
The 1999 Ford E-150 is equipped with a standardized front seatbelt pretensioners, anti-lock brakes, and driver and passenger airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates the E-150 at four out of five stars for driver and front passenger protection in frontal-impact crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-150, 4.6-liter V-8: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Ford E-150, 5.4-liter V-8: 12/16 mpg city/highway
- Highly customizable
- Reasonable comfort, power, and handling
You Won't Like
- Difficult to maneuver and park
A versatile van with plenty of uses.
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