The 1998 Ford E-350 Econoline classifies as a full-size cargo and passenger van. The Econoline comes in many trim and styling variations, with multiple engine options.
Body Styles: three-door van, four-door van
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10, 7.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-350 Econoline Cargo Van, Ford E-350 Econoline Extended Cargo Van, Ford E-350 Econoline Club Wagon, Ford E-350 Econoline Extended Club Wagon
Ford Econoline vans remain largely unchanged for the 1998 model year. The illuminated instrument panel comes lit completely in green, as opposed to its previous bluish-green tint. The previously available XL trim level becomes exclusive to the Club Wagon. A series of exterior and interior appearance packages replace it on other models. Rear door locks become an option for any 1998 Ford E-350 Econoline equipped with power door locks. Select audio units show minor styling alterations. The Colonial White exterior color leaves the lineup, while Light Blue Metallic and Caribbean colors join it. Denim Blue replaces Deep Forest Green and Crystal Blue.
The E350’s exterior gets completely redesigned for 1992. This results in a far more aerodynamic exterior design than the previous generation.
Both the E-350 Cargo Van and Extended Cargo Van use three-door designs. They both measure 231.9 inches long and 79.3 inches wide, with a height of 80.7 inches. Each model’s cargo bed stretches 140.4 inches long. The legal maximum load for each cargo van totals 3907 pounds. Both 1998 Ford E-350 Econoline models have a curb weight of 5473 pounds.
The Club Wagon and Extended Club Wagon vans use four-door designs. Each model has a length of 211.9 inches. They measure 79.3 inches wide and 80.9 inches tall. The cargo bed measures 120.5 inches long with a legal maximum load of 1887 pounds. The Econoline Club Wagon’s curb weight reaches 5097 pounds.
The Ford E-350 Cargo Van and Extended Cargo Van Extended accommodate two people. The Club Wagon and Extended Club Wagon passenger vans seat eight people. The dashboard layout in the 1998 Ford E-350 Econoline looks great, with gauges and controls logically placed and easy to reach and see.
Performance & Handling
Both the 1998 Ford E-350 Cargo Van and the Extended Cargo Van showcase 235-horsepower, 5.4-liter, V-8 engines with 335 lb-ft of torque. The Club Wagon and Extended Club Wagon feature 200-horsepower, 4.2-liter, V-8 engines with 250 lb-ft of torque.
Driving dynamics seem adequate, with recent improvements made to the E-350’s steering, braking, and suspension. The suspension can still be problematic when carrying cargo. It may also take some time to adjust to driving the E-350. Getting a feel for the van’s handling remains crucial with this bulky vehicle. The van can also be sensitive to the wind, especially in crosswinds at high speeds. That said the ride feels surprisingly smooth and quiet for such a large vehicle.
The 1998 Ford E-350 Econoline comes standard with a driver front airbag and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes. It earns three stars for passenger safety and four stars for driver safety in frontal-impact crashes, according to NHTSA crash test results.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-350 Econoline: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Multiple engine options
- Dual airbags
- Standard anti-lock brakes
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