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2001 Ford E-350 Econoline

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2001 Ford E-350 Econoline Review

An all-around workhorse.

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The 2001 Ford E-350 Econoline serves as a rear-drive, full-size cargo van that suits anyone who needs to transport a large group of people or haul heavy loads on a regular basis. It has been around since the 1960s and maintains a good reputation.

Drivers get the satisfaction of operating a vehicle with a dominating presence on the road and strong acceleration. They do not, however, like the amount of cash they must sink into the gas tank to keep this beast running. Overall, though, it makes for a dependable van that does its job nicely.

The Range

Body Styles: cargo van
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 7.3-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford E-350 Econoline Super Duty Regular, Ford E-350 Econoline Super Duty Extended

What's New

The 2001 Ford E-350 Econoline sees a couple of changes from the 2000 models. All models now come standard with passenger-side airbags and a new premium package provides an option for commercial vans.


The 2001 Ford E-350 Econoline has approximately a 212-inch length, 79-inch width, 81-inch height, and 138-inch wheelbase. Three doors include the front doors and a rear sliding door. A platform step sits below the sliding door to assist passengers in easily entering and exiting the van. It has black bumpers in the front and rear, externally adjustable door mirrors, and trailer towing preparation. A solar-reflective windshield and tinted glass improve the cabin. The Econoline weighs 6700 pounds and sits on 16-inch steel wheels.


The 2001 Ford E-350 comes standard with two vinyl bucket seats with head restraints in the front, which a storage console/armrest divides. Two cup holders and a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet provide interior conveniences. In the dash, the Econoline has logically arranged gauges, conveniently located controls, an automatic drive indicator, and a covered storage console. A storage area sits under the passenger seat. The 2001 Ford E-350 Econoline features an AM/FM stereo with two speakers, a ventilation system, and courtesy lights.

Performance & Handling

The Econoline comes packed with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 255 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque or a 6.8-liter V-10 that pumps out 305 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. A turbodiesel 7.3-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 235 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque remains available. All three engines combine with a four-speed automatic transmission. This setup provides strong acceleration and allows for towing up to 7000 pounds.

The 2001 Ford E-350 Econoline uses an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a beam rear suspension with leaf springs. It endures a bumpy ride, as expected of such a large vehicle. Overall handling feels good with adequate steering.


The 2001 Ford E-350 Econoline comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, along with electronic brake force distribution. Driver and passenger front-impact airbags improve safety. Three-point height-adjustable safety belts with pretensioners restrain occupants of the driver and passenger seats in the event of an accident.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-350 Econoline 5.4-liter V-8: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Ford E-350 Econoline 7.3-liter V-8: 11/16 mpg city/highway
Ford E-350 Econoline 6.8-liter V-10: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of space
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Limited convenience features

Sum Up

An all-around workhorse.

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