Pros: "This is a tradesman van, does that job very well"
Cons: "Does not have sporty handling so drive with care"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This van is a tank, very sturdy. Holds a lot of gear.
This does not handle like a sports car, but once you get used to the fairly slow steering and learn to use the side mirrors, it does well on the road. Parking in close quarters is a challenge due to its size and battleship turn radius.
Mileage is not bad for its size, keep it at 60 on the highway and it gets 16, go 75 and it gets 14-15 less with a ladder rack. The 4.6 V-8 is smooth and just adequate on power"
Cons: "Very little cup holders and power outlets."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought the car used after the minivan couldn't easily handle 5 kids with 4 car seats and I am glad I did. Had the vehicle about 10 years and immediately noticed the ease of driving. Excellent highway driving, much more stable than a minivan and the kids could stretch out a bit during long drives. Only problem was Catalytic convertor which failed prematurely at 72000 miles. Ford took over 6 months to replace it under warranty. All other repairs were routine maintenance. The XLT doesn't come with a great deal of amenities so I did add some power outlets and drink holders for the mid and rear seating compartments. Hated to sell the vehicle it was very reliable."
"Ford spark plugs blowing out is a common problem with Triton engines in Ford F150 pick up trucks, Mustangs, Crown Victorias, Vans, Expeditions and motor homes made before 2004.
Ford 4.6, 5.4 and 6.8 modular engines are prone to spark plugs being blown out of the cylinders due to the aluminum threads failing.
Ford dealers do not recommend repairing the threads. They only recommend replacing the cylinder head and that runs into the thousands of dollars."