The 2004 Ford E-150, formerly called the Econoline, classifies as a full-size van that offers both cargo van and passenger van setups. The Econoline, or E-Series, debuted in 1961 and has become the best-selling full-size van in the U.S. Most of the van’s sales can be attributed to fleet and commercial users.
Body Styles: full-size cargo van, full-size passenger van
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Models: Ford E-150 XL, Ford E-150 XLT, Ford E-150 Chateau, Ford E-150 Wagon Passenger Van
The 2004 Ford E-150 upgrades to a standard 4.6-liter, V-8 engine. Ford also outfits all models with standard rear disc brakes.
The 2004 Ford E-150 comes equipped with swing-out 60/40-split doors on the right side. You can get the optional sliding cargo door at no extra cost. The Chateau trim includes aluminum wheels and running boards, black front and rear bumpers, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and heat-reflective privacy glass.
The exterior of the van has the same basic cargo van silhouette. It has a strong appearance. The black bumpers do not detract from the chrome grille that displays the Ford emblem. The exterior lends itself well to custom paint jobs and displaying your company’s logo for advertising purposes.
All models of the 2004 Ford E-150 have bucket front seats. The passenger vans have second- and third-row bench seats. The Chateau trim uses two captain’s chairs in lieu of the second-row bench seat. Other standard features include 12V power outlets, power steering, vinyl upholstery, a two-speaker stereo system, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and dual-zone air-conditioning. The Chateau trim adds an entertainment system with a DVD player. Passenger vans have an automatic drive indicator on the dashboard, cloth upholstery, delay-off courtesy lights, and an external temperature display. Leather upholstery remains optional for the Chateau.
The interior aims for pure functionality with little attention paid to comfort or entertainment. The controls seem well-placed, clean, and easy to operate. The gauges are easy to see and read. Cargo space totals a healthy 256.5 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Ford E-150 draws its power from a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that produces 225 horsepower and 286 lb-ft of torque. Ford offers an optional 5.4-liter, V-8 engine that produces 255 horsepower. It uses rear drive with a four-speed automatic transmission. The front independent suspension system consists of a beam rear system rigid with leaf springs and a stabilizer bar and coil springs in front.
The standard 4.6-liter engine seems rather weak and does not display adequate power. However, the optional 5.4-liter, V-8 engine would provide enough power to handle daily errands and transporting the family to outings. The ride quality feels acceptable, but riders seated over the wheel wells feel every bump and ripple in the road. Wet road traction remains poor and the handling can be unyielding at times. The base model suffers from the most road noise.
Standard safety features for the 2004 Ford E-150 include dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front seat belt pretensioners, and vented front and rear disc brakes. A panic alarm comes standard on the Chateau but optionally on all other models. This van receives good ratings in government crash testing. However, it receives a ?poor? rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety for protection in rollover crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-150 XL: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Ford E-150 XLT: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Ford E-150 Chateau: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Ford E-150 Wagon Passenger Van: 15/19 mpg city/highway
- Plenty of cargo space
- Roomy enough to seat 15 people with additional bench seats
- Very reliable and tough
You Won't Like
- Large size makes it cumbersome to maneuver and park
- Plain, dated interior
- Mediocre fuel economy
- Poor rollover rating
A decent van for large families or for the person who needs a van for the work site.
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