For 2008, The E-Series sees improvements in its steering system, brakes and front and rear suspension. The E-Series vans are expected to hold an average resale value on par with the Chevrolet Express vans. A double-locking cargo security system, dubbed E-Guard, and new seats designed to improve long-term comfort join the options list. The panel vans make wonderful conversion projects and come with a long list of optional fittings to make the job easier for the contractor. Another appealing option is the Masterack work bin storage system, which includes steel shelving, drawers and cabinets. The steering is moderately dampened to give the driver some sense of the road, and the ride is fairly smooth when the vehicle is fully loaded. .
Factory installed options such as the Masterack tool storage system and the QuietFlex rack and bin system allow owners to custom-tailor their vans to better suit specific work-related requirements. Though it has undergone extensive reworking over the years, the E-Series still retains the same basic shape that has defined Ford vans since the late 1970s. In a nod to better visibility, the lower edge of the side glass extends far down the van's side, giving the passengers a good view in all directions and allowing the driver to see objects that might not appear in the sideview mirrors. Large flush-mounted side glass provides an excellent view from within. The big E-Series offers a number of configurations, including passenger, cargo and cutaway, and is available in half, three-quarter and one-ton models. Armed with a number of improvements aimed at improving passenger comfort, fuel economy and carrying capacity, Ford's 2008 E-Series full-size van continues to serve as the backbone of the service and passenger shuttle industry. Ford has done a good job minimizing the vastness of the E-Series' instrument panel, at least from the driver's point of view.
Ford now offers an engine-only traction control system for all models except the E-350 with the 5. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will show you what the E-Series is going for in your area, so be sure to take a look at it before you begin negotiations. Options include a 255-horsepower 5. The E-Series offers a strong line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering good power and torque for the standard-wheelbase models. A new F-Series Super Duty-inspired chrome grille and dual stacked headlamps give the E-Series a slightly new look.
It's still a reach to access the audio and climate controls, but some redundant controls on the steering wheel greatly reduce the number of times you'll need to stretch your arm. Larger front and rear disc brakes and calipers are fitted with a new brake pad material that improves stopping power and reduces heat buildup. Ford has done a good job making sure that certain aspects of the E-Series are not as gargantuan as the rest of the vehicle, such as placing the door handles down low so you don't have to reach up to operate them. If you're looking for a family hauling vehicle, the E-Series is not as refined or as quiet inside as a full-size Expedition or Excursion. Improved seating provides greater support in the passenger van, which includes 11- and 14-passenger configurations with an open center aisle. If you require a van with all-wheel drive, only the Chevrolet Express Van can fulfill your needs. Extended-length E-250 and E-350 models offer a choice of powerplants, including the Triton V10 and the Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel.
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