Ford E-150 Problems
The Ford E-150 is a combination of strength and utility. Part of Ford's E-Series that was formerly known as the Econoline, the Ford E-150 belongs to a long line of full-size Ford vans that was first introduced as a compact van in 1961. Today, the Ford E-150 along with other variants of the E-series holds about 80% of the full-size van market in the U.S. Surely, if anyone is on the hunt for a full-size van, the E-series is the first and probably the only option. But before buying one, take note of the common problems associated with this vehicle so that any possible owner knows what to expect and make a wise decision:
For its size, it is not surprising that the Ford E-150 consumes gas faster than anyone can consume a 12 oz. Frappuccino. The 13 mpg fuel range isn't the most desirable about this van. But what is another option? The thirstier Chevrolet Express with a fuel consumption of 11 mpg. No wonder why the E-series owns 80% of the full-size van market.
The problem with death wobbling, or the tendency of the front end of the vehicle to vibrate or rattle when it hits bumps on the road at high speed (40 to 50 mph), is that it is hard to repair since it involves the suspension system. While this case isn't unique to Ford vehicles riding on a truck platform, such as the E-series and the F-series, it leaves the ride and handling something to be desired. It can be dangerous too, since the vehicle may drift to either side and the steering wheel can be hard to control, plus the vehicle shakes and vibrates uncontrollably.
Similar to the F-series the Ford E-150 suffers from excessive brake pedal travel. In some cases, the brake pedal goes down to the floor and would not operate correctly. This may be caused by a faulty master cylinder.
Many reports claim that there are occasions where the accelerator pedal of the E-150 gets stuck. This can be dangerous as it will leave the driver no control over the speed of the vehicle.