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2004 Ford E-250

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2004 Ford E-250 Review

A decent minivan for the large family or a labor worker, but competitors offer more standard features and options.

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Overview

The Ford E-250 was once part of the Econoline family and is a minivan that is available in five trims: CV, SE, EX, SXT, and the SXT Anniversary Edition, which was created to celebrate 20 years of production. The E-Series remains to be one of the best-selling minivans on the market, even though some competitors’ offer comparable size.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo van, passenger van
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: automatic
Models: Ford E-250 CV, Ford E-250 SE, Ford E-250 EX, Ford E-250 SXT, Limited Edition SXT Anniversary

What's New

The 2004 Ford E-250 was upgraded with a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine as the standard base engine. To celebrate 20 years of making minivans, Ford released the SXT Anniversary Edition in limited quantity, which includes chrome wheels, two-tone leather upholstery, embroidered floor mats, an in-dash CD/DVD player, and a rear seat entertainment system.

Exterior

The 2004 Ford E-250 CV is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, variable intermittent wheels, privacy glass, rear defogger, intermittent rear wiper, and a rear lift gate door. The SE has 15-inch steel wheels. The EX trim adds remote power door locks, heated power mirrors, power windows, 16-inch chrome alloy wheels, power opening rear quarter windows, roof rack, and a rear power lift gate door. The Anniversary Edition adds remote door locks.

Interior

The 2004 Ford E-250 CV model includes cloth bucket front seats, power steering, 12-volt outlets in the front and the rear, air-conditioning, and a two-speaker CD-controller stereo system with an in-dash CD player. The SE trim adds a third-row bench folding seat, dual-zone air-conditioning, and a four-speaker CD-controller stereo system with an in-dash CD player. The EX trim adds eight-way power driver seat with manual lumbar and height adjustments, second and third row bench seats, cruise control, tilt steering wheel with audio controls, and a trip computer.

The SXT trim adds: rear heater unit, universal remote transmitter for garage door opener, and a six-speaker CD-controller stereo with in-dash CD player. The SXT Anniversary Edition includes leather upholstery, a six-speaker stereo with an in-dash six-disc CD changer, and video remote control.

The E-250 has plenty of room to seat a large family with the second and third row seats. There is also room to add a fourth and fifth row bench seat if needed. Although the riders sit high in the van, there is good head room but not as much leg room. The second row is the easiest row to enter and exit; the third rows and beyond are trickier. Removing all of the rear seats takes some work with a wrench as none of the rear seats fold flat.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Ford E-250 is powered by a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that produces 180 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. It has front-wheel drive with a four-speed automatic transmission as standard. The suspension system consists of modified MacPherson strut front and solid axle rear suspension. The EX and SXT models are equipped with a 3.8-liter, overhead valve (OHV) V-6 engine that produces 215 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. There is also an optional 5.4-liter V-8 engine.

The standard 3.3-liter engine is not as powerful as it should be. Consumers get better acceleration and overall performance from the 5.4-liter V-8 engine. The noise level is tolerable. Handling is a chore, and it is difficult to maneuver due to its large size. There is very little traction on wet pavement. The disc brakes displayed adequate stopping power.

Safety

The standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), vented front disc/solid rear disc brakes, and electronic BrakeForce distribution. The SE adds rear child safety door locks. The EX trim adds dusk-sensing auto-delay headlights, engine immobilizer, traction control, and fog lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-250: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Ford E-250 SXT Anniversary Edition: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Excellent handling
  • Good low-end pull from the 3.8-liter engine
  • Comfortable seats

You Won't Like

  • Large size makes it cumbersome to maneuver and park
  • Plain, dated interior styling
  • Meager fuel economy
  • Third row seat does not fold flat
  • Low resale value

Sum Up

A decent minivan for the large family or a labor worker, but competitors offer more standard features and options.

If You Like This Vehicle

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