Crew Chief is a fleet telematics and diagnostics system that allows small fleet owners to manage their vehicles, track dispatches and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records. Options include a 255-horsepower 5. Storage space abounds in all E-Series trims, including door panels with integrated second-bin compartments, a contents-retention strap driver's door, a storage tray above the passenger airbag, three large cup holders, an integrated clipboard holder, space for a laptop and a large glove box with a second power point. As valuable to the service industry and shuttle fleets as it is to retirees towing a mobile home around the country, the E-Series is no Plain Jane van. There are also plenty of storage places available which include a set of functional, user-friendly cup holders mounted into the center console, door trim panels with integrated second-bin compartments, instrument panel with a storage tray above the passenger airbag, an integrated clipboard holder and even space for a laptop.
Vehicle Details Despite the vastness of the 2011 Ford E-Series dashboard, Ford has tried to cluster most of the vital switch gear as close to the driver as possible. Four after-market-configurable dashboard switches are available for accessory integration. Engines specifications In 2008 the E-Series line-up received a totally improved chassis with a series of upgrades to the braking, suspension and steering systems. Thanks to its Super Duty origins, we dare to say that the E Series Cutaway is among the most attractive commercial vehicles in its segment. Exterior The utilitarian nature of the Ford E-350 Cutaway Van is evident on the exterior. First off, you get to choose either single rear wheels or dual rear wheels, for extra stability when towing or hauling. Ford also offers some innovative fleet and job-site technology for 2011.
Ford did a great job of properly weighting the electronic power-assisted steering as well. The engines lineup is completed by a 6. On the E-150 trims a 4. Low speed maneuvers are managed easily, while at high speeds, the steering weights up and gives you a strong feel of confidence without being overly light. Introduced in 1961, Ford has used the last 50 years to refine their full-size van to perfect it for the contractors and airport shuttles, with whom it is popular. The vehicle is also available with a choice of 5-speed automatic gearboxes with TorqShift and tow haul mode while the Power Take-Off Provision system is optional on the 6.
The driver is met by an excellent seat which can be fully adjustable, hence offering a great driving position. The ride is pretty pleasant too, while the road stability is also hassle free. The E-Series offers a strong line of engine choices, with the base V8 delivering good power and torque for the standard-wheelbase models. Base models come with a sharp, contrasting black bumper, grille and headlamp surrounds, while the high series feature an all-chrome treatment. The optional navigation system features a 6. Ford has worked hard to minimize the E-Series' massiveness, especially in areas frequently used by its passengers.
We also question why Ford has does not offer side-curtain airbags. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will show you what the E-Series is going for in your area, so be sure to take a look at it before you begin negotiations. With an imposing exterior design based on the aggressive Super Duty, the E Series Cutaway demands attention. Other appealing options include the Masterack work-bin storage system, which includes steel shelving, drawers and cabinets; Tool Link tool-tracking system and the Magnetti Marelli on-board computer system part of the Work Solutions package. Powertrain Work trucks need a powertrain that will handle the rugged duties day after day, and the Ford E-350 Cutaway Van certainly measures up in this area. An alternative engine, the 6. Though somewhat distracting to navigate while in motion, the system features a logical setup and provides useful information on fuel economy, vehicle systems and other.
A 150-amp alternator pairs with this engine. If you have a conversion project in mind, the E-Series is the perfect platform from which to start, with a number of factory-installed pre-wiring packages to assist your installer. Paired to either engine is an equally-capable TorqShift 6-speed automatic transmission. The second option includes 16-inch steel wheels painted white. The door handles, for example, are placed down low for easy access, and the there is a two-step tier at the base of the sliding side door making entry and exit less of a hike.
On the E-150 trims a 4. When it comes to shuttling large numbers of people or packages, there is no better vehicle than a full-size E-Series van. Ford offers the E-Series in a number of configurations, including cutaway, cargo and passenger, and in half-ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton models. The ride and handling is also pretty good for this segment, while the cabin is ergonomically designed with a strong build quality and it will age pretty well over the years. Interior Despite, the rugged exterior design, the interior remains a pretty nice place to be in. With the first option, 16-inch steel wheels painted gray are standard. All E-Series are capable of E85 flex fuel.
Verdict The Ford E Series Cutaway has already a big success among the commercial vehicle drivers. The dominant figures include about 65 percent share of the cutaway segment, including more than 90 percent of the ambulance business in this category. The E-Series vans are expected to hold an average resale value on par with the Chevrolet Express vans. While it has been tweaked around the edges numerous times, the same boxy silhouette found on most of the 2011 Ford E-Series ancestors remains firmly intact. Available safety options include Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, which allows for direct operation of the trailer's electronic brakes, a dash-mounted front-passenger air bag cutoff switch and a rear-view camera system. It works with a 155-amp alternator.
Among the standard equipment is air conditioning for the cab, black vinyl floor covering, two 12-volt power sockets in the dash and a third in the glove box, vinyl sun visors, dome light, dual-note horn, interval windshield wipers, two bucket seats, and front-door panels with map compartment integrated. Its biggest strengths are the strong V8 and V10 engines which can deal effortless with any demanding situations. The bumper has also received a chromed treatment and provides a base for the rectangular dual-beam headlamps which look kind of utilitarian. Rear air conditioning and a back-up camera system are also available. The side glass, flush-mounted and dark-tinted, provides excellent 360-degree visibility, and large side mirrors help the driver see objects close to the van's sides. Thanks to these powerful engines the E-150 can tow up to 10,000 pounds.