The Econoline marks the best full-size van on the market from Ford. The ?E-series? line debuted in 1961. The 2000 Ford E-150 Econoline makes the perfect alternative to a large sport utility vehicle (SUV), especially if you have a larger than normal passenger or cargo load.
Body Styles: three-door van
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-150 Econoline Chateau, Ford E-150 Econoline XL, Ford E-150 Econoline XLT
All models gain standard anti-lock brakes this year. These replace a rear anti-lock feature that came standard on cargo models last year.
The 2000 Ford E-150 Econoline XL base model comes in an array of colors: black clearcoat, chestnut clearcoat metallic, deep emerald green clearcoat metallic, deep wedgewood blue clearcoat metallic, harvest gold clearcoat metallic, light blue clearcoat metallic, oxford white clearcoat, silver clearcoat metallic, toreador red clearcoat metallic, and woodland green. The Chateau model comes with standard two-tone paint.
Power brakes, 15-inch wheels, a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, conventional lens halogen bulb headlights, and intermittent windshield wipers come standard in the E-150 XL model.
Upgrades include a camper/towing package, a chrome step bumper, a keyless entry system, a lighted entry system, camper mirrors, privacy glass, and a limited-slip differential.
The XL measures 79.3 inches wide, 80 inches tall, 211.9 inches long, and has a curb weight of 5140 pounds. Ground clearance reaches 7 inches, and the wheelbase stretches to 138 inches.
Passengers enjoy medium-graphite colored, cloth, standard bucket seats; eight-passenger seating; power steering; a front ashtray; an automatic drive indicator on the dashboard; a cargo area light; a cigar lighter in the front seating area; a clock; a dashboard partial console with an open storage box; cup holders in the front seating area; air-conditioning (rear air-conditioning remains an upgrade); and an AM/FM audio system.
Optional interior upgrades on the 2000 Ford E-150 Econoline base model include cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, and power windows and locks. These features, along with a rear heater, come standard in the XLT passenger van and as an upgrade in the Chateau model.
Take it a step further on the XLT and upgrade to alloy wheels and a power driver’s seat. The Chateau model offers seven-passenger seating and a leather-trimmed steering wheel standard.
Front interior headroom measures in at 42.5 inches; front hip room reaches 65.6 inches; front legroom totals 40 inches; front shoulder room measures 68.4 inches.
Performance & Handling
Two-disc brakes, including two ventilated discs, a full-size steel rim under the body spare wheel, and a 3.55.1 axle ratio help the E-150 perform at its highest capabilities. Front suspension includes a stabilizer bar independent with coil springs and beam rear suspension rigid with leaf springs.
The E-150 boasts a four-wheel anti-lock brake system and power brakes. Driver and passenger front airbags come standard, along with three-point reel, height-adjustable, front seat belts on the driver and front passenger seats.
NHTSA crash test results for passenger and driver safety receive four out of five stars. Due to a high rate of rollover incidents when having the maximum 15 adults in the van, many recommend that only trained drivers operate the 2000 Ford E-150 Econoline at maximum capacity.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-150 Econoline: 13/18-19 mpg city/highway
- Huge hauling capability for people and cargo
- More horsepower
- Wide range of configurations
You Won't Like
- Too big for ?normal? families
Awesome for a large group and a trained driver.
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