The Ford Econoline, around since 1960, has sold to more than six million customers. Designed to haul a ton of cargo and passengers, this van provides a tough and reliable way to travel long distances. Unless you take the family or an abundance of cargo wherever you go, the 2000 Ford E-350 Econoline may not be the best choice for everyday use.
Body Styles: van, wagon
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10, 7.3-liter turbodiesel V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Econoline E-350 commercial, Ford Econoline E-350 XL, Ford Econoline E-350 recreational, Ford Econoline E-350 XLT
A major change for the 2000 Ford E-350 Econoline concerns new standard anti-lock brakes, which replace the previously standard rear anti-lock brakes. Increased horsepower for two models also starts new this year.
Inside, the new instrument panel looks simplified, and the recreational model now has standard remote keyless entry and power sail-mount mirrors. Courtesy lights, a chime warning module, headlamps on alert, and illuminated courtesy door lights all come standard this year, as well as the handling package and towing package.
The 2000 Ford E-350 Econoline comes in two sizes. Regular size measures in at 212 inches long. The larger size stretches 20 inches longer. All models feature swing-out side doors that split 60/40. A sliding passenger side door is optional at no additional cost. Dual swing-out doors in the rear come standard with no upgrade option.
Trailer towing limits on the E-350 get up to 10,000 pounds with either the V-10 or diesel V-8. The E 150 limit reaches 4700 towing pounds with the V-6.
Power door mirrors come standard in the recreational and XLT models and in the XL as an upgrade. Variably intermittent wipers come standard on all models.
Other exterior features include front and rear black bumpers; driver and passenger externally adjustable black door mirrors; conventional lens halogen bulb headlights; heat-reflective glass; gloss, black, or metallic paint; and tinted glass on the cabin.
The cargo version of the Econoline uses two bucket seats. The regular-size model comes with seating for eight passengers, with two front bucket seats and two three-seat benches. For those choosing to upgrade, two captain’s chairs replace the middle bench, increasing the capacity to seven passengers. Or, one can opt to replace with a four-place rear bench for 12-passenger seating. The extended model has a third three-seat bench option for even more seating—up to 15 passengers.
Cargo capacity in the regular 2000 Ford E-350 Econoline totals 256.5 cubic feet. Extended versions hold up to 309 cubic feet.
Standard convenience features include air-conditioning; front cup holders; a front ashtray; an automatic drive indicator on the dashboard; a cargo area light; a cigar lighter; a clock; a dashboard partial console with an open storage box; courtesy lights; floor covering; three-point reel height-adjustable front seat belts; two head restraints on the front seats; power steering; vinyl seat upholstery; a plastic steering wheel; a ventilation system; and an AM/FM radio.
Upgrades include rear HVAC, speed control (standard in the recreational model), power front windows (standard in the XLT model), remote keyless entry (standard in the recreational model), a tilt steering wheel (standard in the recreational model), a CD player (only in recreational and XLT models), and a cassette player, which comes standard in the recreational and XLT models and as an upgrade in the commercial and XL models.
Performance & Handling
All models of the 2000 Ford E-350 Econoline include power steering and front-wheel independent suspension. Alloy wheels are only available in the recreational model as an upgrade.
The E-350 earns four out of five stars in NHTSA crash test for front-passenger- and driver-side impacts.
A panic alarm marks an upgrade in all models except the recreational. Dual front-impact airbags come standard in all models except the commercial, and the commercial remains the only model in which one can upgrade the security system on the vehicle. Anti-lock brakes come standard on all 2000 Ford E-350 Econoline vehicles.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford E-350 Econoline: 18/18 mpg city/highway
- Tons of passenger space
- Increased horsepower
- An abundance of configurations
- Comfortable seats
You Won't Like
- Too big for regular families
Good for very large families—better suited for commercial use.
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