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Old 05-24-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Unhappy 1997 Ford E-150 Van Heater and Air Conditioner Door Problem.

Never will own another Ford E-150 Van. The door that opens and lets heat or air conditioning to go to the vents has broken. What a big job. Repair shops want 800.00 and 900.00 to fix. This has been broken for 5 years now and I need it fixed to sell. Dash and radio and vents and heater controls has to be removed to get to the door. I wish Ford had a recall on this problem.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:32 PM
 
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Okay, this is on a 14 year old van right?
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Yes and it only has 70 thousand miles on it. Hardly used. Used it more when the heating and Air conditioning door worked five years ago. This van's body looks just like brand new and in Tennessee this van is considered not old compared to other places in the U.S. This van body has no rust at all.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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It is still a 14 year old vehicle. In the life of a vehicle it is middle aged or retired. And sometimes lack of use is worse than heavy use.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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I own a 1996 Ford E150 conversion van. It has 93,000 miles and has been pretty much trouble free since we bought it at 78,000 miles. We only drive it maybe 3000 miles a yr now. Heater core went out, and needs a new passenger side outside door handle and rear handle.

Rear AC/heater has never worked so will fix next. WE have no rust or dents and interior is like new. They sell for around 5000.00 here.

When I had heater core replaced dealer said it would cost around 1000.00. Had to remove dash etc. like you are saying. But once they started job they found out there was a door in front of core that opened and was able to replace core thru door and only cost 350.00. You might have this same door and be able to get to flap thru there. My engine is a 5.8L 351 Cleaveland. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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Around here you'd be lucky to get 2000 for that model especially with that mileage on a conversion van.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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This van is a cargo van and low mileage is now because of bad gas mileage. It has a 4.6 V-8 engine. I can get between 3000.00 and 5000.00 dollars selling it myself. Dealer Trade in is about 500.00 to 1000.00
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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My fuel mpg in town is 12mpg but get 16 mpg on hiway. Trade in on a 10,000.00 used car was 2500.00. We won't be selling cause we took all seats out except front, DUH, and makes a great cargo van.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I'm thinking about keeping van also. My local dealers don't want it even if everything is fixed on it because it's considered a gas hog. It also has the paint on the roof is coming off. The paint has been pealing for last 9 years and the Ford dealer told me it's because of bad primer from the factory. The Ford dealer wanted 1800.00 to paint it which I said I will be painting it myself instead.

Factory Service Bulletins and Recall Titles

http://www.alldatadiy.com/TSB/20/982038bz.html

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Old 01-22-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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I also have a 1997 Ford van that the heater door will not work and I have spent hundreds of dollars to fix.I replaced the blind door actuator and still as of today it will not work.I will need to replace the heater box in order to make it work and that will cost me about $800.00 dollars.The ford van's have a major problem with this heater door and they know all about it its a money maker for them.I will never buy a Ford again.I will manually move the door from heater to air as seasons come and go i will not spend one more penny on this problem ********* ford.
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