If you or your company are looking for a cargo van heavyweight that represents good value in price, performance and reliability, look no further than the 2008 Ford Econoline Cargo Van, says industry quality expert Edmunds.Com.
Edmunds likes the changes that the 2008 Ford Econoline Cargo Van received, and considers it a great buy for businesses looking to save money by buying used two-year-old stock. Edmunds says the Ford Econoline Cargo Van continues to be a top-seller because of its outstanding reliability, an impressive payload capacity and improved reliability.
New for 2008
The 2008 model was the first year of a new look for Ford’s Econoline Vans. The redesign included a expressive styling improvements up front and an upgraded chassis design underneath. Those changes will ensure that the Ford Econoline Cargo Van remains a fixture on the highway as it has since 1961.
The 2008 Ford Econoline Cargo Van lineup starts off with the E-150 which comes with a 3,340-pound maximum payload rating. For heavier-duty needs there is the E-250 and E-250 Extended with its 20 additional inches of length and 52 extra cubic feet of cargo space. Then comes the Super Duty E350.
The Ford E-Series Cargo Van cones with a standard 4.6-liter V8 on E-150 and E-250 models. It’s rated at 225 horsepower with 286 pound-feet of torque. A larger 5.4-liter V8 putting out 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque is optional but recommended. It’s standard on the E-350. Look for models with the 5.4-litre motor.
Ford Econoline Cargo Van’s Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) — the maximum amount a vehicle can carry including passengers, cargo and trailer — ranges from 11,500 pounds on the E-150 to 20,000 pounds on a properly equipped E-350 Super Duty.
Cars.com says it’s impossible to forget that the Ford Cargo Van is a truck even after just a few minutes of driving it. However, the company says Ford has made improvements in ride quality and vehicle quietness over the models Ford once put out.
The 2008 Ford Econoline Cargo Van pricing started out at $25,000. However Kelly Blue Book says you can buy quality used 2008 Ford Econoline Cargo Vans for between $15,500 and $17,500.
Be sure to check out the Ford E-Series Cargo Can picture gallery.
Sources: Cars.com, Edmunds.com