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2013 Ford E350 Super Duty Passenger

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2013 Ford E350 Super Duty Passenger Review

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When it comes to hauling substantial amounts of people and cargo, it's difficult to think of a more capable choice than the 2013 Ford E-Series van. With a resume that stretches back over 50 years, the E-Series continues to build upon its reputation as the workhorse of the American commercial industry. On the technology front, the optional Crew Chief telematics system provides operators with the real-time data they need to manage their fleets and reduce fuel costs. In wagon form, the 15-passenger E-350 extended version delivers an impressive measure of people moving power for fleet shuttle services or the Partridge family of the 21st century. While rivals like the GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express, and new Ford Transit Connect each offer high-levels of utilitarian might, the evergreen E-Series remains the benchmark of the full-size van segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need to move a great deal of people or cargo, the 2013 Ford E-Series deserves a spot on your short list. Available in 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and 1-ton configurations along with three engines to choose from, the Ford E-Series can be custom tailored to accommodate a variety of transportation needs.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Car shoppers with lighter-capacity needs should take a look at the more modern and fuel-efficient 2013 Ford Transit Connect. If you prefer the traditional shape of the E-Series, but desire the multi-season versatility of all-wheel drive (AWD), the GMC Savana AWD might be a better fit.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 model year marks the end of the line for the iconic Ford E-Series. Instead of updating the age-old E-Series platform, the Blue Oval has opted to replace its best-selling van with the all-new Ford Transit (arriving early 2014).

Driving the E350 Super Duty Passenger
Driving Impressions

You don't hear much about the dynamic handling abilities of a full-size van but, if you're curious, the 2013 E-Series van is actually quite easy to live with. Although not...

... as well-heeled as a full-size SUV like the Ford Expedition, the Ford E-Series is a far cry from vans of yesteryear. It's true that the rudimentary suspension, long rear overhang and average-size tires don't inspire sporty maneuvering, but the standard AdvanceTrac traction and stability control system goes a long way toward making sure bad situations don't get worse. From the driver's seat, the E-Series delivers a modicum of feedback through its oversized steering wheel, but sudden lane changes and corners rounded too quickly require a bit more attention be paid to the task at hand. The E-Series' ride remains relatively controlled even when the vehicle is fully loaded, although it can get rather bouncy.

CREW CHIEF TELEMATICS
This optional embedded communication system allows fleet owners to manage their vehicles, dispatch drivers, keep tabs on usage patterns, and track scheduled maintenance.

REAR BACKUP CAMERA
Reversing a near 20-foot-long van into a tight space on your lonesome can be about as nerve-racking as taking the SATs. To help eliminate the need for a spotter, the 2013 Ford E-Series offers a wide-angle rear backup camera with guidelines for a comprehensive view of the area behind the vehicle.

2013 Ford E350 Super Duty Passenger Details
Interior

It's hard to make a dashboard as vast as that of the 2013 E-Series van simple and easy to operate, but Ford has done a commendable job. Most of the vital switch gear is clustered as close to the driver as possible, but the radio and auxiliary input jack remain a bit of a reach. Wisely, Ford has made its SYNC communications system available for its entire 2013 E-Series lineup, which allows some functions to be controlled via voice commands. The E-Series' front captain's-chair seating is firm and supportive, but the bench-style rear seats are a throwback to a time when comfort and head restraints were not a primary concern. And, with no head-curtain airbags to protect rear passengers, we have some concerns about their well-being in a side-impact collision.

Exterior

Outside of redesigning the front end and taillights, there's not much Ford can do to change five decades of its rolling box design. Flush-mounted side glass helps reduce drag and, on the 2013 Ford E-Series van, that side glass is particularly wide, providing excellent all-around visibility. Large side mirrors help the driver see what might be cruising alongside, and can be ordered with a power-telescoping feature to aid parking. If you have a conversion project in mind, the E-Series is the perfect platform from which to start, with a number of factory-installed pre-wiring packages to assist your installer.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 E-Series offers perhaps the shortest list of standard equipment among modern automobiles. Base versions of both the E-Series van and wagon include air conditioning, front-row vinyl flooring, a tilt steering wheel, intermittent windshield wipers, and a 2-speaker audio system with a basic auxiliary jack for portable music players. XLT wagon models add a high-capacity front and rear air conditioning system, cruise control, and an electronic message center. Standard safety features include driver and front passenger airbags and stability control with rollover mitigation. For comparison, the GMC Savana includes two additional airbags (side curtain) and standard OnStar emergency services, making it the more appealing choice for safety-minded buyers.

Optional Equipment

Basic creature comforts available for the 2013 E-Series include a power driver's seat, remote keyless entry, privacy glass, and a 6-speaker audio prep package. Also on the list are a number of seating configurations for wagon models, fabric-trimmed seating surfaces, chrome-finished bumpers, and alloy wheels. In-vehicle electronics come in the form of Ford's voice-activated SYNC software, a navigation system, a rear backup camera, and Crew Chief telematics. In a nod to greener energy, the E-Series can be ordered as a CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicle.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Ford E-Series offers a well-rounded line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering adequate power and torque in E-150 trim. Extended-length E-250 and E-350 models offer a choice of two powerplants, including the Triton V10 and CNG-compatible 5.4 V8 and 6.8-liter V10 engines. The 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V8 engines are also E85-compatible. Both V8 mills send power to the rear wheels through an antiquated 4-speed automatic transmission, while the top-of-the-line Triton V10 is mated to a 5-speed automatic.

4.6-liter V8
225 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
286 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 mpg (gasoline), 9/12 mpg (E85)

5.4-liter V8
255 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16 mpg (gasoline), 9/12 mpg (E85)

6.8-liter V10
305 horsepower @ 4,250 rpm
420 lb-ft of torque @ 3,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 10/13 mpg

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2013 Ford E350 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 265 Ratings for the 2003 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Poor Ford Quality

By on Monday, June 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,700

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Space to fit lots of items"

Cons: "Ford does not stand behind product"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"We have a 2012 E-250 van that needs a new transmission. The van is 688 miles past the warranty. Ford does not want to stand behind their vehicles and cover the repair. The 60k warranty ran out just about a week prior to the transmission problem. This seems very disappointing that the vehicle breaks this soon and that Ford will not stand behind their products. Ford has diagnosed the problem and say that they would need to put in a new transmission. They have estimated the repair at $3500. Ford has offered to pay $1400 of the repair. That seems totally disgraceful to me. I can understand if the entire cost cannot be covered because it is technically outside the warranty line, but $1400 is not even 1/2 of the cost."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Built Ford Tough!

By on Monday, May 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "dependable!"

Cons: "not the best sounding stereo system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2011 E-250 at Sam Galloway Ford with only 6k miles on it. It already had a lift kit on it. I no longer use it often, however, when I do it runs like new and is very dependable."

7.3L Diesel - 450K mi and still running strong

By on Monday, May 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 450,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "excellent drivetrain"

Cons: "Uncomfortable and noisy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This diesel cargo truck has over 450K miles on the original 7.3L engine. Good power, reasonable mileage (17 mpg, mostly hwy). Handles well, but when empty shakes all life out of you even on perfect roads; when loaded, ride improves a lot. Seats are incredibly uncomfortable, instruments are clear and logical, A/C and ventilation good. Mine has a lot of body rust, but the chassis is solid. Maintenance is difficult due to poorly designed access. Power windows and power mirrors practically don't work and many annoying accessories that don't work right anymore (radio died, fan only runs at high speed...), but as a work truck it just doesn't want to die (and I occasionally pull a heavy trailer, without even noticing the load). Word of caution - the van sits very high, has a high center of gravity, so be careful on turns; it can spin out of control if the road is wet. The new 6.0L diesels are much worse than this one (I have the newer one as well - much worse)."

9 people out of 21 found this review helpful

Great Truck

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The only problem I have had with my van is the TIRE SENSORS. They have been on for 5 years. I had them fixed twice but they went on right away both times. The only recommendation I have is more side wall protection on the inside to prevent dents that show on the outside"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

well worth the 5k I paid 3 years ago

By on Friday, April 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 162,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "feels great until gas prices shoot up again"

Cons: "it can be $100 a fill up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The rear AC needed work, there was a recirculation exhaust problem, and had to replace the spark plug wires when #3 started to miss. The interior has held up nicely. Does well on the highway as long as you pay attention to the tires. It'll vibrate at 65-70 if the tire pressures are off or needing new tires. With 5 kids, it's super and more roomy than the minivan."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

unique vehicle

By on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Turtle top 11.5 feet, duel rear tires, levelers, four on the floor, backup camera, side walk in door,rear double door, 120 hook up, running lights, three storage cabinets"

17 people out of 34 found this review helpful

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