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2002 Ford E-150 Review
Stacks well against the competition.
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The Ford E-Series gets additional items for 2002. Newly added as standard equipment are a CD changer with six-disc function, tilt steering wheel, speed control, and A-pillar style grab handles. All additions make the full-size vans and wagons excellent work vehicles, worthy of a closer look when shopping for such. The line consists of cargo vans mainly, though offering passenger capacity, as well. There are three ratings of half-ton (E-150), three-quarter ton (E-250), and one-ton (super-duty E-350). Wagons only come in E-150 and E-350 models with two trim levels. The XL and XLT are available on vans and wagons. Ford has been a top-seller in the rear-drive, full-size van segment since 1961. When it comes to hauling and towing, it would make a good choice.
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8, 7.3-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-150, Ford E-150 XL, Ford E-150 XLT
The 2002 Ford E-Series has not had many changes except for a new CD changer and tilt steering wheel. Grab handles, speed control, and illuminated sun visors are a few new features.
The 2002 Ford E-150 regular-length wagons ride on a 138-inch wheelbase that stretches to approximately 211 inches in length. The same wheelbase comes on extended models, even though the body length is 20 inches longer. It comes in regular length only. The heavier-duty models can choose between the two wheelbases. The 60/40-split, swing-out doors come standard. The sliding cargo door is an option without additional costs. The rear only comes with swing-out doors. Privacy glass, overhead console, and dual-media audio comes in the Chateau Appearance Package.
The 2002 Ford E-150 suits commercial applications nicely. The passenger regular-size vans have eight-passenger seating, whereas the cargo van models only utilize the two front bucket seats. Opting for captain’s chairs instead of bench seating in the center decreases the capacity of the passenger van by one, making it a seven-seat capacity. The larger passenger capacity models carry up to 15 passengers when adding a fourth row of rear bench seating. A cargo organizer installs behind rear seating to hold additional items. The overall cargo capacity of the regular-size vans is 256.5 cubic feet. The larger, extended-length vans can carry 309.4 cubic feet. The interior standard features include power steering, AM/FM radio, air-conditioning, front cup holders, and tilt steering wheel. Some of the options include speed control, power door mirrors, power windows, and a cassette player.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Ford E 150's various engine choices fulfill the heavy towing and hauling necessities of full-size van buyers. There are five depending upon tasks required. The beginning base engine is a 4.2-liter V-6 that provides 191 horsepower. The two V-8 engines are a 4.6-liter that generates 225 hp and a 5.4-liter producing 255 hp. The strongest engine choice is a 6.8-liter V-10 cranking out an enormous 305 horses. The top engine for heavy-duty van models is a 7.3-liter, Power Stroke turbo diesel, V-8 engine generating 215 hp. This engine can take on the heaviest of jobs easily. Depending upon the model, maximum payload ratings range from approximately 1700 to 4000 pounds. Van models can tow a maximum 6800 pounds when properly equipped. All engines couple with an automatic four-speed transmission. Driving the full-size van is only a little different from the past years, but it remains basically the same as the first ones Ford built in the 60s. The separate frame and rear drive comes from the past, and it continues to provide smooth driving and hauling capabilities. Some of the owners say it is easy to forget it is a truck and not a car because of the smooth ride, convenience features, and handling abilities. That is an excellent quality for a heavy-duty vehicle of this stature.
The 2002 Ford E-150 have standard features that include anti-lock brakes, seat belt pretensioners, and front airbags.
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