Took a little trip where I had to drive a Ford E-series 15 passenger van and a Dodge Caravan. So I thought I would share my opinion on these two vehicles. Ford E Series Van I nicked named "The Pig" because of the slop in the steering wheel among other notable characteristics. The air conditioner could cause heat stroke if you spent much time at idle on a hot day. There was an odd sound that reminded me of the tapping valves on a buddies old late 60's Econoline van. I don't think it was the engine but I am not sure of what else it could have been. The carpet seemed to show the wear rather quickly for a van designed to carry a large number of passengers. The was not step or running board to make access easy. God have mercy on the mechanic that has to work on it. The engine compartment is pretty tight. On the positive note, it did not break down. The Dodge Caravan had an impressive air conditioner and very nice entertainment center. Too bad they were installed in an under powered POS with a transmission and cruise control unit that do not cooperate in the mountains. The van did get decent mileage: 20 ~ 22 all around. Unfortunately, even at today's high gas prices, the transmission overhaul at 40K (if it gets that far) will cost more than the money saved on gas. Overall the Dodge performed very well as long as you sat in it with the ac on and played with the entertainment center. As for maintenance access, the Dodge is a cut above the Ford. The engine and transmission looked tiny in the engine compartment. Hey, that explains why it can't pull an old lady off a toilet. Like the Ford, the Dodge did not break down. Though, admittedly, I half expected the transmission to tank on me before we got home.