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1998 Ford E-250 Econoline

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1998 Ford E-250 Econoline Review

A solid commercial vehicle that can easily haul large amounts of cargo.

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The 1998 E-250 is the medium-capacity model in Ford’s Econoline series of vans. Compared to the other models in the Ford E-Series, the 1998 Ford E-250 Econoline is a fairly niche vehicle. Both the E-150 and E-350 have more model options. The E-150 is less powerful, but has better fuel economy and a lower price. The E-350 offers more power. It stands out for drivers who need more power than the E-150, but do not need the full power of the E-350.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-250 Econoline, Ford E-250 Super Econoline

What's New

The 1998 Ford E-250 Econoline is virtually identical to the previous year’s models. It is going to be rebranded and revamped in 1999, which is why the 1998 models have not been changed significantly.


The 1998 Ford E-250 Econoline is a fairly standard full-size van. Steel wheels and trailer wiring are standard equipment. A camper towing package, rear step bumper, and chrome bumpers are available as optional equipment.


The Ford E-250 Econoline, similar to most commercial vehicles, lacks the interior amenities usually common in passenger vehicles. It has two vinyl bucket seats for the passenger and driver. An AM/FM radio is standard equipment. Dual-zone air-conditioning, keyless entry, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, cassette player, cruise control, and a rear heater are available as optional equipment.

Performance & Handling

The Ford E-250 Econoline’s performance and handling vary based on how drivers approach it. As a commercial vehicle, it has excellent handling and performance for a vehicle its size. The ride is also fairly smooth compared to some of the competition. Drivers coming from passenger vehicle backgrounds are going to find it a bit cumbersome. It does handle fairly well, but the large size, lower acceleration, and larger turning circle do require a slightly different driving approach. It is not going to provide the same ride as a crossover SUV, but it is not that difficult to handle either.


The safety features in the 1998 Ford E-250 Econoline is better than most commercial vans on the market. In a front-end collision, the dual front airbags provide protection for the driver and passenger. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard equipment. The large size does help in the event of a crash for protecting the occupants.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-250 Econoline: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Massive interior
  • Decent handling for a vehicle this size
  • Solid value

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • The E-150 beats the E-250 on price
  • The E-350 beats the E-250 on power

Sum Up

A solid commercial vehicle that can easily haul large amounts of cargo.

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