The E-350 is a full-size van produced by Ford as part of the award-winning E-Series or Econoline. This 15-seater or cargo van has been providing unparalleled towing and passenger services to fleets and business in North America for more than 50 years. Since 1961, Ford E-350 models have evolved significantly in terms of design, performance, and safety. The latest E-350 is packed with world-class features that focus on improving passenger comfort and safety. These include the AdvanceTrac traction and stability control system and the SYNC communication systems. With these features, more customers are encouraged to purchase this vehicle. However, potential car buyers should be aware of the usual problems encountered by most E-350 models so they will be prepared should they experience any of these.
Tire and braking system troubles top the list of Ford E-350 models' most common problems. Blown out tires and separated treads are the usual complaints involving the tires. Braking system problems, on the other hand, include failure in the power brake feature of the vehicle. Drivers had to stop the vehicle manually by using both of their feet on the pedal.
Another safety feature problem involves the front airbags and the seatbelts. A significant number of incidents were reported wherein the E-350's seatbelts failed, and the airbags did not engage during or after the collision.
The E-350's ignition system is also one of the most common problem areas, and it is probably the most dangerous. Improperly installed spark plugs have been known to work themselves loose. These spark plugs also have the tendency to be blown out of the engine while the vehicle is moving. This dilemma, which is usually signaled by a loud explosion, can cause some gasoline to spill over the engine bay. This may also lead to conflagrations or explosions.
Faulty speedometers and defective speed control switches are the most common dilemmas of Ford E-350 vans in terms of speed control. The van's speedometer has been known to fail at some point, which prevents the accurate monitoring of driving speed. As for the speed control switches, a recall involving a few hundred E-350 models were reported in 2001 because of a serious malfunction in the speed control system, which can cause it to catch fire.