ERF E Series Trucks For Sale

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ERF’s E Series of trucks has always been one of its least popular, though that’s not to suggest that the lorries are poor quality. Rather the E Series simply lacked driver appeal, being some of the basic trucks on the market. Around the time of the ERF E Series’ official release in the 1980s, continental trucks from DAF, Volvo and Scania were gaining a following among bigger haulage firms due to their versatility and the extra features they came equipped with.

The ERF E Series trucks for sale on today are the definition of cheap and cheerful. Not at all pricey to buy; still cheap to run; and still reasonably reliable; there are worse trucks around. However, the E Series was replaced by the EC in 1993, so the majority of ERF E Series trucks are at least 20 years old and will have significant mileage on the clock already.

Find out more about technical specs for the ERF E Series, and check out TruckLocator’s verdict.

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Click on the dates in the timeline below to view interesting events in the ERF E Series's history. Click on the circles in the timeline to view key model updates and face lifts
ERF Founded
ERF is founded by Denis Foden, and named in honour of his father Edwin Richard Foden. The new company is part of a much older one called Foden but, unlike the latter, produces diesel engine trucks as opposed to outdated steam-powered vehicles.
ERF E Series Launched
The E Series of ERF lorries is launched. Whether intended or not, the E Series provides a cost effective alternative to the popular continental manufacturers DAF, Volvo and Scania. The E Series does not prove popular with most drivers due to the lack of amenities, but it is at least durable and reliable. ERF E Series introduced. This vehicle was a radical advance over the B and C series, with the introduction of a wrap-a-round dashboard as most modern trucks have today.
EC Series Replaces E Series
The EC Series is launched to replace the E Series.
ERF Closes
ERF is closed as a marque and no further ERFs are produced.

If you’re considering one of ERF’s E Series of trucks there are a few things to note before you go any further: most of the lorries in the range are at least 20 years old, and they didn’t have a great deal of gadgets in the first place. If you’re fine with that, you’ll be pleased to know that the E Series are very cheap to buy; relatively cheap to run; and still reliable, even after all this time.

There are several axle configurations available, with the 4x2 and 6x2 axles being the most common (and usually the cheapest to buy). The engines are good, but noisy; typically featuring the 8300cc diesel engines in most of the used trucks for sale on Not too thirsty, and no more likely to break down than some newer trucks; the engines are one of the better features in what is essentially a ‘gaffer’s truck’ – no frills.

E Series In a nutshell

The E Series are not the best long term investments – they’re already quite old, and the trucks that replaced them (try the DAF 65) are more versatile. However, if you’re looking for something very cheap (almost under-priced) and relatively reliable, it’s still worth viewing the E Series and making up your own mind.

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Read some of the reviews left by Trucklocator users regarding the ERF E Series below. You can also view all ERF E Series reviews.

Real Character 3/5 by Nigel Branscombe Hi,

A family member runs his own haulage firm for over 50 years and has used an ERFE10 for nearly 25 years from new. The truck just keeps going on and on. It's not the most comfortable of rides yet... Read full review
Not fancy or flash but reliable and quite good cabs if you choose the Rest model. 4/5 by Calum Smeaton I drove one of the ERF E Series trucks through much of the 1990s. It wasn’t the most advanced, even then, and couldn’t compete head on with the likes of a Volvo for sophistication or... Read full review


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