2012 Ford E 150
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2012 Ford E-150 XLT Premium

by from PA on June 13, 2015

This is a 7 passenger window van with the 5.4L engine and tow package. Compared to my 1996 Club Wagon ( also a half ton van) the 2012 is much beefier, with 8 lug hubs, and 4 leaf rear springs. It tows...
This is a 7 passenger window van with the 5.4L engine and tow package. Compared to my 1996 Club Wagon ( also a half ton van) the 2012 is much beefier, with 8 lug hubs, and 4 leaf rear springs. It tows a 6500 lb trailer well although mileage dips into the 9's when towing. The van sits taller than my '96 and it is more difficult for my wife to climb into. The center console bins work well but the storage pins on the inside door panels are useless; they take up valuable leg room, and cannot be accessed without opening the door. its nice to have a glove box now, but they could have kept the under seat drawer. Having a backup camera is great. The fuel warning system is very pessimistic, even with it showing 12 miles to E, I cannot add more than 29 gallons in a 33 gallon tank.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Towing

Does recommend this car!!

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great value for the money

by from Coppell, TX on August 13, 2012

The plain cargo van with air conditioning needs a bulkhead behind the front seats in the 105 deg Texas summer to stay cold. A big blanket or cargo bulkhead will do. Those trying to cool the whole thin...
The plain cargo van with air conditioning needs a bulkhead behind the front seats in the 105 deg Texas summer to stay cold. A big blanket or cargo bulkhead will do. Those trying to cool the whole thing need the "rear air" option and insulate it. The a/c has a quite large condenser across the front. I learned that the 1/2 ton van was given a higher GVW to avoid being counted in the CAFE standard. Added weight is beefing up the suspension and using the large 3.73 3/4 ton rear axle. Good. It has the 225HP 286 Ft-Lb. 4.6 liter (281 c.i.) V8, like what went in the Crown Victoria but improved over time. It has no trouble getting on the highway and keeps up in traffic. Larger engines are available but I am happy @ approx 2000RPM @ 65MPH. The 4-speed auto overdrive with lockup has firmer shifts than in 2004. It has two DC outlets: cigar and 'DC'. The dashboard top is black, so expect some summer heat from that until the van is cooled down. A light colored dash cover will be added. It cost $20K with 19K miles on it. I get right at 17MPG at 60MPH and overall 14.3MPG. Get one now: "Ford .. replace the E-Series in 2013 with a global version .. "Transit" platform .. Ford of Europe." I tried but did -not- like the narrow Transit Connect van's cabin, or its weak air conditioning, or less cargo space, all costing more $. Ford's elimination of the E series will skyrocket the cost of owning a van and drive me to Chevrolet or a pickup truck rather than the cramped European Transit cab. The full size van should therefore keep its value well if taken care of. I intend to keep this one for 10 years or until the wheels fall off. I bought the extended warranty covering everything for 125K miles.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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