The Ford E-Series, which is formerly known as the Econoline, is a series of full-size vans. The Econoline has been around for four decades and has been a top seller for Ford for over half that time. Ford began producing the E-Series as a replacement for the Econoline. It has become outdated, and the sales were declining. They are cargo vans with a truck chassis, and the passenger version is not available with thE-250 model. The E-Series is manufactured at an assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio.
The 2005 Ford E-250 Cargo Van is the three-quarter ton of the E-Series. It is typically used for commercial hauling with a towing capacity of 7300 pounds and optional trailer hitch. It is rated for heavier duty than the E-150 but has the same engines, which are the standard 4.8-liter, 225-horsepower V-8 with an optional 5.6-liter, 255-horsepower V-8. Both engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Body Styles: full-size cargo van
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-250 XL, Ford E-250 XLT
2005 brings few changes in the E-series vans with the exception of two new bin systems both of which are optional.
The body of the E-250 is still a large box shaped van. Due to the main intended use of the vehicle, there are no frills or unique attributes on the body. The E-series van is mainly used for commercial and conversion purposes for uses such as crew vans, shuttle buses, motorhomes, and ambulances. They are available in both regular and extended lengths. The extended model is 20 inches longer than the regular model. The regular has up to 256.5 cubic feet in cargo space, and the extended has up to 309.4 cubic feet.
The E-series vans are available with numerous storage and organization systems to best customize the cargo area for the consumer’s individual needs. For instance, the EconoCargo System has durable panels of high-density polyethylene that helps protect the cargo. It is insulated in order for the interior of the system to retain heat and cold more efficiently. This system can be very beneficial for food service, medical supply, and produce businesses.
In addition, the new bin storage system is most often used by consumers who require storage for tools and parts. Also included is a full-width partition that provides a work area with access from the passenger compartment.
The interior has different seating configurations and seats from two to five occupants. This van comes standard with bucket seats in front and a second row bench seat can be added. With only the bucket seats, there is 309.4 cubic inches of cargo space.
Swing-out 60/40 split doors are on the right side, but an optional sliding cargo door is available. In the rear, only swing-out doors are available.
Standard interior features include air-conditioning, a center console with storage, front cup holders, AM/FM stereo, two 12-volt power outlets, tilt steering wheel, and variable intermittent windshield wipers.
Optional interior features include rear climate control, a CD player, and power features. Additionally, remote entry, daytime running lights, a security system, and captain’s chairs in the front are also available.
The interior measurements are 79.3-inch length, 81.2-inch height, 212-inch length, and 138-inch wheelbase.
Performance & Handling
The E-250 is not made for comfort or pleasure riding, but it is a hard working vehicle unless converted for other purposes. Therefore, there are no luxury trims or innovative electronic equipment to speak mention.
There is less engine drone as with previous Ford vans. It steers well, almost as easily as in a smaller van. The V-8 engine is enough to move this van, and the ride quality is decent. Entering and exiting is not as difficult as would be expected. Because of the box shape, the rearview is limited through the side mirrors.
Standard safety features are dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and front seat belt pretensioners. No side-impact airbags are available. Although there is limited safety equipment, the National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration gave a five star rating for front side crash protection and three stars for rollover protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-250: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Massive cargo area
- Optional seat configuration
- Numerous optional packages
You Won't Like
- Power less than comparable vans
- Few convenience features
- Aged design
A good choice for commercial use and offers numerous package options.
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