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1996 Ford E-350 Econoline

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1996 Ford E-350 Econoline Review

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The 1996 Ford E 350 Econoline represents part of the E-Series or Econoline Series manufactured by Ford. It serves as a one-ton, full-size van and sells as a passenger and cargo van.

The history of the E-Series dates back to 1961, when it first debuted as a compact van. The E-Series uses its own platform, but it also shares many of its components with the F-Series line of pickup trucks.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door van, four-door van
Engines: 5.8-liter V-8, 4.9-liter I-6, 7.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, three-speed automatic
Models: Ford E 350 Econoline, Ford E 350 Super Econoline, Ford E 350 XL Econoline, Ford E 350 XL Super Econoline

What's New

The 1996 Ford E 350 Econoline has been subject to some modest changes this year. The swing-out rear windows from last year get replaced by permanent glass ones. The Light and Convenience Group options no longer have an under hood light, and the anti-theft feature has been removed from the remote keyless entry system.

The 1996 Ford E 350 Econoline gets 15-inch wheel covers, and it is also comes in four new exterior color options.


The 1996 Ford E 350 Econoline sits on a wheelbase of 130 inches, but the length of the model ranges from 212 inches for the regular size variant, to 232 inches for the extended size variant. The width of the van ranges from 79.3 to 79.9 inches, while the height ranges from 80.7 inches to 84.1 inches.


The interior of the 1996 E 350 differs according to the model chosen. The cargo van comes fitted with only two front bucket seats, with the rest of the interior open for cargo. On the other hand, the regular size passenger model gets two benches. Each of the benches offers adequate legroom and headroom for three adults.

Instead of a three-seat bench in the middle row, a pair of captain’s chairs also provide an option. However, this reduces the passenger-carrying capacity of the 1996 Ford E 350 Econoline by one person. The high posture of the Econoline makes entry and exit very easy, and this also results in a slightly awkward driver’s seat, although it does offer good visibility all around.

Performance & Handling

The base engine of the Ford E 350, a 4.9-liter straight-six, delivers 150 horsepower. Two other optional engines include a 5.8-liter V-8 engine that delivers 210 horsepower and a 7.5-liter V-8 engine that delivers 245 horsepower. All engines pair with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.

The 1996 Ford E 350 Econoline serves as a heavy-duty van, and the base straight-six engine fails to provide adequate power to meet the E 350’s heavy load-carrying capabilities. Both V-8 engines provide sufficient acceleration even with a full load. However, they create a lot of noise as well.


Crash test data remains unavailable for the 1996 Ford E 350 Econoline.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E 350, 5.8-liter V-8, automatic: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance
  • Heavy load-carrying capabilities
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Noisy engine
  • Uncomfortable posture for the driver

Sum Up

A market leader for years to come.

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