About Ford E-350 Super Duty
Ford E-350 Super Duty is a full-size passenger and cargo van manufactured and marketed by Ford Motor Company since 1961. The first Ford E-350 Super Duty was introduced for 1961 model year as the replacement for the panel van bodystyle of the Ford F-Series. It belongs to the long-standing and well-known Ford E-Series (also called as the Ford Econoline and Ford Club Wagon). Up to present, it has been produced through four generations.
The third generation Ford E-350 Super Duty (1975-1991) featured body-on-frame construction. It had lots of engine options. As a 3-door van, it got power from 3.9 L, 4.9 L inline 6-cylinder engines, 4.9 L, 5.8 L, 7.5 L 385 Windsor V8 engines and 6.9 L Navistar, 7.3 L Navistar V8 diesel engines. Available transmissions included 3-speed and 4-speed manual and automatic transmissions. A fully redesigned Ford E-350 Super Duty was introduced for the 1992 model year, which marked the beginning of the fourth generation (1992-present). It has Club trims like Wagon XLT, Chateau and son on. More versatile engines are available ranging from 4.9 L Truck Six inline 6-cylinder engine to 6.0 L Navistar Power Stroke V8 diesel engine. And engines are attached to 4-speed and 5-speed automatic transmissions.
Ford E-350 Super Duty Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a passenger and cargo van, Ford E-350 Super Duty is popular among families as well as caterers. It has to take responsibility of transporting and loading, which would cause its wearing as accumulation of time. Here are the two most common problems drivers complained:
First, engine failure. This problem has a really bad influence on engine's performance. E-350 Super Duty owners said the engine would not only run roughly but also would stall then get into difficulty starting condition. What's more, fuel economy deteriorated as oil leaked. A knocking sound would also give out form the engine as well as an illuminated Check Engine Light. All these could be caused by broken fuel tank or timing cover. Check on them is a necessity.
Second, transmission and suspension issues. Drivers complained that they can feel extensive vibrations while driving, which really impacted the driving experience. And the indicator did not match gears any more. Annoying excessive road noise and grinding noises troubled them a lot as well. If you also find uneven tire wear, then apart from the shift cable, coil spring insulator and shock absorber, you still need to check the tie rod end.