3rd Generation (1976—1990) Econoline Problems

This generations ranks 11th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the interior (25%), electrical (25%), and the engine (25%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Fuel Pump Not Working 1 complaints at an average of 80,000 miles in the 1988 Ford Econoline.
  2. Battery Won\'t Hold Charge 1 complaints at an average of 85,000 miles in the 1990 Ford Econoline.
  3. Has Oil Leak 1 complaints at an average of 150,000 miles in the 1976 Ford Econoline.

What Econoline Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1988 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1990 1 4 43 0.31
1988 2 0 24 0.54
1976 1 2 0 0.26

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