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2009 Ford E150 Cargo

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2009 Ford E150 Cargo Review

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Armed with a number of improvements aimed at improving passenger comfort, fuel economy and carrying capacity, Ford's 2009 E-Series full-size van continues to serve as the backbone of the service and passenger shuttle industry. Customers who purchase the E-350 receive AdvanceTrac traction control teamed with Roll Stability Control (RSC), and last year's improvements to the suspension increase the maximum gross vehicle weight rating to 14,500 pounds. 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need to move a lot of cargo or people, few vehicles are better equipped to do so than the E-Series. Seating for up to 15 passengers makes the E-Series the darling of the shuttle community. Did we mention a properly-equipped E-350 Super Duty can tow up to 10,000 pounds?

You May Not Like This Car If...

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. An SUV may fit your needs and your driveway better than a full-size van. If you require a van with all-wheel drive, only the Chevrolet Express Van can fulfill your needs.

What's New for 2009

For 2009, the Ford E-Series receives a new dash and door panels, more comfortable driver and passenger seats and wider opening rear doors. New options include a factory-installed navigation system and a first-in-class in-dash computer that can access the internet via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.

Driving the E150 Cargo

Driving Impressions Driving an E-Series van is somewhat like piloting a big SUV, only there is a bit more rear overhang. 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. 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. 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.

In-Dash Computer
Developed by Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto, the in-dash computer allows businesses to do business on the road. They system even includes a hook up for a printer.

6.8-liter Triton V10
The 6.8-liter Triton V10 offers the potent torque of a diesel without the added cost.

2009 Ford E150 Cargo Details
2009 Ford E150 Cargo photo Interior

Ford has done a good job minimizing the vastness of the E-Series' all-new instrument panel, at least from the driver's point of view. It's still a reach to access the audio, navigation and climate controls, but some redundant controls on the steering wheel greatly reduce the number of times you'll need to stretch your arm. Improved seating provides greater support in the passenger van, which includes 11- and 14-passenger configurations with an open center aisle. Factory installed options such as the Masterack tool storage system, Cable Lock tool security system and the QuietFlex rack and bin system allow owners to custom-tailor their vans to better suit specific work-related requirements.

Exterior

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. Large flush-mounted side glass provides an excellent view from within. The panel vans make wonderful conversion projects and come with a long list of optional fittings to make the job easier for the contractor. Larger front and rear disc brakes and calipers are fitted with a new brake pad material that improves stopping power and reduces heat buildup.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2009 Ford E-150 XL includes a 225-horsepower V8, four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), dual side mirrors, dual 12-volt outlets, swing-out side doors, AM/FM stereo, eight-passenger seating, tilt steering wheel, intermittent wipers and power steering. The XLT trim adds chrome bumpers, six-speaker stereo with CD, dual cloth captain's-chair seating and cruise control and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

Optional Equipment

Options include a 255-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 (standard on E-450), a 305-horsepower 6.8-liter Triton V10 and a 235-horsepower 6.0-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel. Also on the list are a number of seating configurations, rear air conditioning, CD player, auxiliary input jack, aluminum wheels, sliding side cargo door, telescopic trailer tow mirrors, power driver's seat, a trailer towing package and the luxurious XLT Premium package. Another appealing option is the Masterack work bin storage system, which includes steel shelving, drawers and cabinets.

Under the Hood

The E-Series offers a strong line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering good power and torque for the standard-wheelbase models. Extended-length E-250 and E-350 models offer a choice of powerplants, including the Triton V10 and Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel. While there is no denying the Power Stroke's ability to tow, the added premium of over $7,000 is difficult to justify, especially when the V10 offers more horsepower and nearly identical maximum torque, though at a higher rpm.}

4.6-liter V8
225 horsepower @ 4800 rpm
286 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

5.4-liter V8
255 horsepower @ 4500 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.8-liter V10
305 horsepower @ 4250 rpm
420 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

6.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel
235 horsepower @ 3150 rpm
440 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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2009 Ford E150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 261 Ratings for the 2008 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

unique vehicle

By on Wednesday, February 03, 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"

used this van for my svc. business, very dependabl

By on Sunday, January 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"Service van with shelving and ladder racks.New front end work. Needs tires soon.Maintained by local mechanic."

Great Handicapped Accessible Van

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great value, hydraulic lift, real workhorse"

Cons: "cosmetic wear and tear inside and out."

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

"This is a reliable handicapped accessible van with a Braun hydraulic wheelchair lift. It had a new transmission installed by Ford 4/15. It has been used mostly for short trips over the past 12 years which is why the mileage is a little over 60,000. Though its purpose was for a wheelchair, it is perfect for anyone that needs a van with a lift. The inside is in good condition with wear and tear mostly from the lift rubbing against the back of the passenger seat. The rear driver side door has taken a beating where the spare tire is mounted and the driver's side running board is damaged. There is also a small crack in the windshield on the passenger side that has been there for years"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This has been a very reliable working vehicle

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Clean reliable good running vehicle. Automatic"

Cons: "small scrape on front panel and side"

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

"This vehicle was used for light duty delivery of window blinds and such. Maintenance included oil change every three months except once. All scheduled maintenance and repairs have been completed. It includes some storage shelves, cabin safety divider and a roof mount ladder rack."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very reliable - from NYC to Seattle to LA in 2 yrs

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very reliable & strong. Good exterior & interior."

Cons: "A few scratches, but it's a working van!"

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

"Many parts were replaced and is reliable. It towed a U-Haul trailer with the van full across the country, and then then next year, did the same thing from Seattle to LA. I would keep this van, as I used it for many delivery jobs. However, I am changing my career that is less stressful on my body. I had many vans in my company in NYC over 10+ years, and I kept them up regularly and know my several cargo vans gave me peace of mind everyday. And the same thing for this van is like my previous vans; as I take care of them."

23 people out of 41 found this review helpful

good for nearly anything

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Strong durable"

Cons: "uncomfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This van has towed three round hay bales at once a trailer and has been put through alot it has plenty of torque and does very well it just isnt comfortable and has alot of road noise."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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