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2011 Ford E-Series Passenger Overview
The 2011 Ford E-Series Wagon passenger van won’t win any beauty prizes, nor will it find many gas stations it doesn’t like. This 8- to 15-passenger full-size van sure will haul a lot of people and a lot of cargo, though, and it even has a certain flair for trailer towing. Hard to believe this venerable van is turning fifty, but with all the tweaks, upgrades, and available techno-adds over the years, it’s managed to retain its youthful vigor, if not its looks. Unchanged from 2010, the 2011 E-Series Wagon comes in two trim levels, the base XL, and the more up-scale XLT. Both are rear-wheel-drive only, both are available in the E-150 version or the E-350 Super Duty configuration, and in E-350 Super Duty garb, both can carry up to 15 passengers in the available Extended versions. The E-350 Super Duty Extended trims are over 20 feet in overall length (standard-length wagons are 18), while both the standard-length and Extended trims have the identical 138-inch wheelbase. Only GM’s Chevy Express and Jimmy Savana offer any serious competition to the E-Series Wagon lineup.
The standard drivetrain for the 2011 E-Series Wagon E-150 XL and XLT consists of a 225-hp, 286-lb-ft/torque 4.6-liter Flex Fuel V8 and four-speed automatic transmission. Mileage figures are unavailable for the 4.6, but its towing capacity maxes out at 6,100 pounds with the available 4.1 axle ratio. Optional for the E-150 and standard in the E-350 Super Duty trims is a 5.4-liter Flex Fuel V8, also with the four-speed automatic. This matchup puts out 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 11/15 mph. Towing capacity is boosted to 7,000 pounds with the bigger V8. Finally, for the E-Series E-350 Super Duty trims there’s an optional 6.8-liter V10 and five-speed automatic transmission that combine for 305 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. This monster drivetrain will tow up to 10,000 pounds of trailer with the available 4.1 axle ratio, while mileage figures are unavailable but doubtless not pretty.
Standard creature comforts and appearance niceties are a bit scarce for the 2011 E-Series SL trims, both 150 and 350 Super Duty versions, with 16-inch steel wheels, front bucket seats, vinyl upholstery, front air conditioning, tilt-wheel steering, and a six-speaker AM/FM stereo being about it. Options-wise, however, this base trim can be delivered with Garmin voice-activated navigation, satellite radio, Ford Work Solutions in-dash computer, power accessories, high-capacity front and rear air conditioning, sliding rear passenger-side door, SYNC/Bluetooth hands-free communication and audio adjustment capability, rear-view camera, reverse sensors, step running boards, trailer-towing package, and user-defined switches for additional electrical equipment.
The E-Series Wagon XLT trim level features standard cloth upholstery, front captain's chairs, rear heat and air conditioning, power door locks, windows, and mirrors, cruise control, a single-CD player with auxiliary MP3 input, and phone pre-wiring. Additional options include second-row captain's chairs, remote keyless entry, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Safety features in the 2011 E-Series wagon include four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, and a post-collision safety system.
Owners of 2010 E-Series Wagons complain mostly of dated styling and understandably poor gas mileage. Reliability, however, as well as capacious seating room, massive cargo space, scads of high-tech options, and a smooth ride top the list of owner kudos.
Have Laptop, Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.
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Ford E-Series Passenger Questions
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Everytime I open the van door, the outside parking lights turn on and stay lit for approx. 20 seconds. As I camp frequently with this vehicle, and open and close the doors repeatedly, I want to avoid...