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Ford makes the best-selling line of vans,
accounting for nearly half the full-size van sales in the U.S. This success
is due in part to a reputation for offering the best ride quality and lowest
noise levels. Ford expects to strengthen its dominance with a new look
and a new family of overhead cam engines, including the only V10 in the
Large families appreciate the Club Wagon, while many businesses opt
for the Econoline Van. Both groups want the quality, durability, roominess,
passenger capacity, cargo space, towing capacity and design excellence
that these vans can deliver. Their body-on-frame construction results in
a rigid chassis that helps reduce noise and vibration.
A new front bumper and grille freshen the appearance of this year's
models. Dual air bags and anti-lock brakes are standard in all models.
A revised steering system reduces noise and vibration, while improving
on-center feel. In the old days it seemed like there was a lag between
the time the wheel was turned and the wheels reacted, but the Econoline
Van offers solid stability on the interstate and competent handling in
The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive even on long trips.
New trim and lumbar support is designed to improve comfort. A new wraparound
instrument panel with flowing rounded lines, features easy-to-reach controls
and an auxiliary power receptacle for accessories. New center consoles
offer storage bins and cup holders.
The climate control system was revised with controls that are larger
and easier to use. A larger air conditioning condenser helps cool the huge
interior, while the new defroster system makes less noise and does a better
job of clearing the windshield. Club Wagon Chateau models come with a soft,
leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Club Wagons are available as $21,395 Regular and $24,280 Heavy Duty
models with seating for seven, eight or 12 passengers. The $26,545 Super
Wagon can carry 15 passengers. The $24,315 Club Wagon XLT, $27,125 Club
Wagon Heavy Duty XLT and $27,940 Club Wagon Super XLT come with more amenities
for increased comfort.
The Econoline Vans come in $19,370 E-150, $20,090 E-250 and $22,430
E-350 models, with up to 4,160 lbs. of payload capacity and 275.9 cu. ft.
of cargo room in the roomier and slightly more expensive Super Cargo versions.
For 1997, Econoline and Club Wagon feature a new line of overhead-cam
modular gasoline engines, which offer improved performance and fuel economy.
A new split port induction 4.2-liter V6 comes standard in Econoline and
Club Wagons under 8,500 lbs. gross vehicle weight (GVW) that delivers 200
hp at 4800 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. at 2800 rpm. An $840 optional 4.6-liter
Triton V8 generates 215 hp at 4450 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. at 3250.
Vans with a GVW greater than 8500 lbs. come standard with a 5.4-liter
Triton V8 that produces 235 hp at 4250 rpm and 335 lb.-ft. of torque at
3000 rpm. A $415 optional 6.8-liter V10 is available that generates 265
hp at 4250 rpm and 411 lb.-ft. of torque at 2750 rpm. A $4,630 optional
7.3-liter V8 Turbo Diesel is also available that produces 215 hp at 2700
rpm and 425 lb.-ft. of torque at 2000 rpm.
The 4.2- and 4.6-liter engines are linked to a standard four-speed automatic
overdrive transmission, while the more powerful engines come with a heavy
duty four-speed automatic with overdrive.