Ch-Ch-Changes: 2009 Ford E-Series

Fordvan

Competes with: Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana

Looks like: Ford needed to get rid of some chrome

Drivetrain: 225-hp, 4.6-liter V-8; 235-hp, 6.0-liter diesel V-8; 255-hp, 5.4-liter V-8; or 305-hp, 6.8-liter V-10 with four- or five-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: August 2008

Ford has announced changes to its full-size E-Series van, and they're mostly centered on the interior. The dash and instrument panel have been revised, there's more storage space, and a navigation system with a 6.5-inch touch-screen is newly available. The automaker's new Work Solutions system is also available.

Ford Work Solutions gives owners more resources at their fingertips thanks to a built-in computer system that can have wireless internet, the ability to track equipment that's onboard the van at any given moment, and a special lock system to prevent tools from being stolen.

The E-Series also gains new safety features, like an available backup camera that projects an image of what's behind the van on the navigation screen. You can get the camera even if you don't opt for the navigation system. In that case, a smaller image is displayed in the rearview mirror. Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control is now standard on all E-Series wagons and recreational vans and optional on gas-powered commercial vans.

By Mike Hanley | February 27, 2008 | Comments (6)
Tags: Ford

Comments 

Mart

The interior was WAY overdue for an ugrade, but man is the new one UGLY.

With the presence of the Sprinter, isn't this van now hopelessly outclassed?

I've seen quite a lot of these on the road for a while now, so they must be selling well. But, man is that one ugly front end. I guess these vehicles don't sell on looks, but why make it so ugly?

Bob M

This van looks so old...Horrible design and horrible interior. Ford, you guys seriously need to come up with a new modern van with more efficient engines, who wants to buy a V8 or V10 today? The gasoline is almost $4/gallon.

George

Transmission.

The engine is almost irrelevant. Ford should be using the 3 valve head V8s, which have VCT-variable camshaft timing.

Right now Ford still offers an OBSOLETE 4 speed automatic in this.
It should have ZF's 6 speed automatic. No, it should have their 2nd generation ZF 6 speed auto.

Way too much fuel is converted to heat inside the unlocked torque converter. The torque converter is be used to compensate for a lack of gearing.
6 speed: 4.171, 2.34, 1.521, 1.143, 0.867, 0.691 Reverse 3.403
4 speed: 2.84, 1.54, 1, 0.70
With a 6 speed automatic, the torque converter can lock up after upshifting to 2nd gear.

Without upgrading the engines, or changing the axle ratio, there should be a 1mpg increase in city/highway just by using the ZF 6hp28.

Having had the "pleasure" of driving the Ford 18 passenger for 12hours one day in a tight crowded area doing a steady loop every 15 minutes, and then doing it in a chevy van the next day- I can see why these are the best selling. Not that they chevy is bad- its just different.

They were both rented from enterprise for my company for an event, the ford had 45k and the chevy had 12k. The chevy still smelled new and was much softer and quieter- heaven for like an hour. The Ford had a harder edge to it, more noise and didn't ride as softly- but man, it was like driving a giant miata. I wouldn't expect anyone to believe me, because I wouldn't have until I drove it. In congested tight areas the Ford is way more responsive and handles better- it could actually be hustled around confidently. The ugly interior is way more thought out and easy to use than the Chevy- though not as "nice" to look at.

Back to the heaven for and hour in the chevy- those soft seats had my back hurting and I wanted out after about two hours. It slid around in the rain, the stabilitrac activating at almost ever green light. And it had just as many rattles as the older, harder ford.

As far as fuel goes, the Ford used a little more, but was driven harder and it had the V10, where as te Chevy was an 8- so I don't really know.

Pretty much, if you have to carry delicate passengers- I'd go with a chevy van, just because it rides smoother. For everything else, the Ford is superior. And lets face it- the people who need to use these are in them for long hours


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john

I will be buying a 2009 ford van to be outfitted buy Quigley motors to 4x4.I would like to have plenty of power as I tow a travel trailer and a few other various trailers.what should I expect as far as mileage around town v8 verses v10 is it worth having the v10 for the towing .What gear ratio should I consider..Thanks for any input..
Gummy-J

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