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1999 Ford E-250 Econoline

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1999 Ford E-250 Econoline Review

Perfect for cargo hauling or a mobile workspace.

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The Ford E-250 vans have been around since 1961, a favorite of commercial users who turn these vans into mobile workplaces. Before the 1999 model, the E-250 underwent a significant upgrade in 1997, including a redesigned dash and fresh exterior styling. The E-250 comes in standard length with 236 cubic feet of cargo space or extended length with 275 cubic feet.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo van
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-250 standard length, Ford E-250 extended length

What's New

For 1999, Ford’s Econoline Cargo Van and Wagon models feature a new alphanumeric sequential badging system. An improved ""fail-safe"" cooling system is also a feature on all 1999 Econoline gas engines.


The 1999 Ford E-250 ride on a 138-inch wheelbase. The standard model measures 211.9 inches long overall, while the extended-length version stretches to 231.9 inches. Monotone paint with colored front and rear bumpers and a colored grille are standard on both models. Also standard are illuminated entry, a center high-mounted brake light, and dual manual mirrors. Optional upgrades for both models include a chrome grille, chrome bumpers, power mirrors, alloy wheels, and a trailer hitch.


Inside, the 1999 Ford E-250 features vinyl four-way manual bucket seats for the driver and a front passenger. Between them sits an engine cover console with storage. A two-speaker AM/FM stereo is standard on both models. An eight-way power driver’s seat, air-conditioning, a leather steering wheel, cruise control, and a premium six-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD player are optional on the standard-length E-250. The extended-length version adds a rear heater, carpet on the lower door panel, and dual illuminated vanity mirrors to the options list.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Ford E-250 is equipped with the standard 4.2-liter V-6 that generates 195 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. An optional 5.4-liter V-8 produces 235 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Either engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission that directs power to the rear wheels.


Standard safety equipment on the 1999 Ford E-250 includes rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, and height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates the E-250 at four stars for driver and passenger protection in frontal-impact crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-250 V-6: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Ford E-250 V-8: 11/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Highly customizable
  • Extended length available
  • Reasonable comfort and handling

You Won't Like

  • Won’t fit in some parking spaces

Sum Up

Perfect for cargo hauling or a mobile workspace.

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