4th Generation (1992—2014) Econoline Problems

This generations ranks 33rd out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (44%), transmission (22%), and the cooling system (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Broken Crankshaft, Engine Seized 1 complaints at an average of 85,000 miles in the 2001 Ford Econoline.
  2. Spark Plugs Spitting Out of Engine 1 complaints at an average of 104,444 miles in the 2003 Ford Econoline.
  3. Transmission Failure 4 complaints at an average of 61,250 miles in the 1997 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 2008 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2014 0 0 0 0.0
2013 0 0 0 0.0
2008 4 0 0 3.5
2003 3 4 18 2.23
2001 6 5 33 3.0
1998 1 4 179 0.29
1997 1 4 263 1.22
1994 1 6 102 0.74
1992 2 5 67 0.24

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