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2003 Ford E-350

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2003 Ford E-350 Review

Offers more space and hauling ability than its minivan relatives.

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The 2003 Ford E-350 comes as either a cargo van or a passenger wagon. Both variations are available in two trim levels: XL and XLT.

The Range

Body styles: full-size 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 XL, Ford E-350 XLT

What's New

The 2003 Ford E-350 gets a standard set of power exterior mirrors with an upgraded set with convex blind-spot mirrors. Puddle lamps are a new option. XLT models now come equipped with dual-illuminated vanity mirrors.


The 2003 Ford E-350 comes in the regular length of 211.9-inches or in the extended length of 231.9-inches to suit different configuration needs. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard. Some notable and functional exterior options include shorter axle ratios for enhanced towing ability and an all-inclusive towing package. Most units are equipped with a limited-slip differential.


The 2003 Ford E-350 starts off very basic: tilt steering wheel adjustment, two vinyl bucket seats, air-conditioning, power mirrors, and a two-speaker stereo. Everything else is dependent on application and buyer need. Options include cloth upholstery, captain's chairs, second- and third-row bench seats, cruise control, a six-speaker stereo with a cassette deck, and a power group with keyless entry, power windows, and locks.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Ford E-350 base model starts off with a 255-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 that cranks out 350 lb-ft of torque. A 225-horsepower version of this engine that uses compressed natural gas (CNG) is optional. The most powerful engine option is a 6.8-liter V-10 that provides 305 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The heaviest-duty models make use of a Power Stroke, 7.3-liter, turbo-diesel V-8 that generates 215 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. That’s less horsepower, but more torque than the V-10 makes. Equipped properly, the E-350 can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Depending on the options, maximum payload ratings will range from 3080 to 4010 pounds. The larger engines are obviously suited to commercial use while the 5.4-liter is good for transporting passengers. The size isn’t a problem in terms of power since all of the engine choices will move through traffic well, even when fully loaded.


The 2003 Ford E-350 comes standard with dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and front seat belt pretensioners. Side-impact airbags are not available. In NHTSA testing, the E-350 earned four out of five stars for driver and passenger safety and two stars for rollover safety. The IIHS did not performed crash safety tests on this model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford E-350: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many configurations
  • Cargo-hauling ability

You Won't Like

  • Lacking convenience features
  • Fuel economy

Sum Up

Offers more space and hauling ability than its minivan relatives.

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