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Ford Excursion, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, SUV
#173 of 423 2000 Ford Excursion Problem
Aug 10, 2000 (5:34 am)
I recently leased a 2000 Ford Excursion, V-10, Limited....took it on a trip to Savannah and back...next day (8/7) took it to the car wash....f'in died!!!! they had to push it out...after several attempts to get it going (cooled down, started..ran 1 mile..died, repeat) we had to have the thing towed...been at the dealer for 3 days...they say it is a crankshaft solenoid problem...bad design, Ford is about to issue a recall...1800 vehicles affected....the vendor of the "new design" has "just shipped" 700 new parts to Ford, but the dealer "isn't sure if they will get an allocation"...sounds like the inventory scam eh?....In any event, I have a $34,000 limited (if you paid more you are a fool, however, only slightly more so than I because I got one too :0 )
In any event, no ETR....do you believe this?????? My wife is driving a Taurus (compliments of Ford and I had to pound them for it) with our 4 kids for a time to be determined.............anyone else have this problem?
Should have opted for the Suburban....faster, more nimble, smoother power, better gas (although believe it or not, I got 15-15 1/2 mpg75mph avg with a V-10, air blazing.........and weighs approximately 2,000 lbs less....go figure.....
#174 of 423 I've heard of this problem
Aug 10, 2000 (4:31 pm)
This seems to happen very early on. I was at the dealer getting a cargo net for my Expedition and they had a customer in there who was not a happy camper.
Apparently this same thing happened to him as he was driving his new Excursion off the lot after delivery. Ouch!
At that same time, there was a 2nd customer on the phone apparently trying to get his Excursion delivered to him out in the country somewhere, but the service guy was trying to explain to him that they could not get the truck going, same problem.
This was at a large Minnesota dealership. I don't want to mention the name, because they have treated me very well.
I am becoming more content with my decision to get the Expedition instead.
Aug 13, 2000 (5:02 am)
If your going to tow the ford Excursion is the way to go.For comfort and ride Yukon XL.I have a Yukon XL love it.My friend has a Excursion he loves it.To each his own.......But the Excursion is BIG and BIG is what you need to tow.
#176 of 423 I will be towing!
Aug 15, 2000 (1:16 am)
I checked out the PSD in the Excursion, and for the XLT it was about $40,000 for the limited it was $43,000. Where did you, accesstoo1 , find a Limited for only $34,000, even if it has the V10? I know that the PSD adds about $4000 to the sticker, but the dealer here in Everett WA did not believe me when I told him of your purchase price. He claims that the PSD XLT cost him $38,782 and with his quote "low markup" is only asking $40,000.
#177 of 423 ATX Tires
Aug 16, 2000 (2:02 am)
We just bought our 2K Excursion and love it. Has any one had any problem with the Firestone ATX
tires on the Excursion?
#178 of 423 Firestone tires on Excursion
Aug 16, 2000 (1:52 pm)
kbone, double check your tires. I believe the Ex. has Firestone Steeltex either A/S or A/T. They are also used on the Superduty. I have read that the the version used on the Ex. is the "D" rated version with 8 plys while the Superduty uses the "E" rated version with 10 plys. The Ex. version is supposed the ride smoother. My question is the version on the Ex. up to the task for towing and would it be more prone to sway.?
#179 of 423 We need input with NO bashing
Aug 18, 2000 (5:16 pm)
My husband and I are in a quandary as whether to buy a 2000 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT 4x4 or a 2000 Ford Excursion Limited 4x4. Please give us serious pros/cons on each of these vehicles and only if you've done considerable driving in one or the other or both. I know there are die-hard Chevy and die-hard Ford fans and while I respect that, that's not want I want to know. What I want to know is what you like/love about each vehicle. What kind of problems you've had (and please don't tell me the gas mileage sucks, it's hard to manuever, it doesn't fit in the garage. I've been driving a Ford E150 Coversion van for 5 plus years and the gas milegae does suck and you do have to be conscientious in driving any vehicle but especially, I feel, when driving one of this size).
We will NOT be doing any regular towing, I am not looking for status, but I do have a family of 6 (with three child seats to contend with) that I need safe, reliable transportation for. We have looked at most and test drove a lot of minivans (Odyssey, Windstar, Caravan, Town & Country, etc) but have you ever tried putting three car seats in one of those and then fitting in two adults, one preteen and any kind of luggage, it's nearly impossible, and for us, it is out of the question. The only other vehicle I would consider is a Toyota Landcruiser but since a $40000 GMC vs. Ford is stretching the budget, a $50000 plus vehicle is out of the question, but the Landcruiser by far has the look, luxury and reliability record I would love to have.
So here we are at the crossroads. We have our finances in order and are ready to buy today if we could only do two things. #1, make our decision and #2, find one at the price we are willing to pay after doing much research edmunds, autobytel, cardirect.com, etc. As much as I hate to say it, the almighty dollar might actually play into the final decision, who's willing/has more room to play with the figures?
#180 of 423 To 6of us
Aug 18, 2000 (6:39 pm)
I recently went through the same choice. I have a 94 GMC suburban with 220k miles on it and was generally pleased with it. My first thought was to buy a 00 or 01 GMC Yukon XL but I ended up with the Excursion.
I also do very little towing but wanted the room for my work, sales, and for my passion, hunting. The 1500 Yukon XL has an easier ride but I very much love the feel and ride of my Excursion which is stiffer and more truck like. My passengers and I love the ride - it is very comfortable on long trips. I have experienced zero handling problems.
My reasons for buying the Excursion over the GMC were: 1). Liked the looks, fit and finish. 2). Availability meant that I could negotiate a good price where I paid less for a 3/4 ton vehicle than what the 1/2 ton GMC would cost me and I had a great choice of vehicles. 3). 0.9 Ford factory financing is very hard to pass up.
We ended up with a Limited, 4X4, PSD and love it. With over 4500 miles we have had no problems at all and the vehicle is tight and very quiet. I have never owned another vehicle where people actually come up to you and want to talk to you about your truck and look (and sit sometimes) inside. I recently took at trip over the Sierras where I set the cruise control at 70 MPH and the truck never strained let alone try to shift out of overdrive. The Excursion was pretty loaded with 5 passengers and the back end stuffed full.
I believe both the GM and Ford make nice trucks, it's all a matter of personal tastes and what make sense money wise.
#181 of 423 sub vs excursion
Aug 18, 2000 (11:50 pm)
I OWN A 98 SUB AND HAVE BEEN SHOPPING FOR A NEW TRUCK. DROVE A 2000 SUB FOR A WEEK LOVED THE RIDE
GOOD POWER BUT MY DAUGHTERS AGE 9 &6 COMPLAINED THAT THERE WAS LESS LEG ROOM BETWEEN THE 1ST &2ND ROW OF SEATS WHEN CLIMBING ACROSS.TALKED TO THE DEALER THE BEST THEY WOULD DISCOUNT THE TRUCK WAS 1500.00 OFF LIST.
DROVE A 2000 EXCURSION ITS LIKE A BALL FIELD INSIDE LEG ROOM WAS NO PROBLEM . THE RIDE NOT AS CAR LIKE BUT WASNT MUCH MORE HARSH THAN MY 98
TALKED TO THE DEALER 5400.00 OFF THE STICKER
IN THE NORTHEAST ALMOST EVERY DEALER HAS SEVERAL
ON THEIR LOT.ALSO ON THE GM EVERYTHING IS AN OPTION ON THE EXC.MANY THINGS ARE STANDARD
ILL BE PURCHASING MY EXCURSION IN DEC TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF END OF YEAR DISCOUNT
#182 of 423 to 6ofus and cardoctor
Aug 20, 2000 (2:41 am)
We have had our 2000 Ex(w/V10) for about 5 months. I both love it and hate it. I have also driven and travelled in my father-in-laws new 2000 sub for about the last 3-months.
We have 6 kids ranging from 1-year to 13-yrs, and the only other vehicle that holds us is a full size passenger van...or maybe a bus.
The 2000 suburbans/yukon xls are just too small on the inside. We had a 93 suburban that fit pretty well, but the new vehicles by GM are just too small. So, the interior roominess of an Ex is perfect for a large family...especially with teens.
I can relate a few observations about the Ex...
It seems a little "boomy" when travelling on the highway...much like a van. The suburban (old and new)was significantly quieter. However, on a trip from Houston to Dallas at about 80mph, 6 adult passengers commented about how well it rode. (BTW it made that trip at 11mpg).
I have only had to backup from 1 parking garage...the Ex was 2-inches too tall.
It fits in the garage and porte-cochere...barely! The Ex is 4-inches wider than the Sub.
The brake pedal and accelerator pedal are too close (on this one), and I have hit both when wearing a particular pair of shoes...so I don't wear them anymore. I expect that there may be a recall of that one.
The insulation on the rear A/C came off and the condensation flooded the rear cargo area....after replacement of the insulation and drying out the carpet, there has been no recurrence.
I love the Ex for how big it is, and yet hate it for the same reason! Oh well, I would buy it again, though. A close runner up in my mind would be the 99 Sub...because it is bigger, but quieter and smoother.
Ours is a "limited", fully loaded...$34500 was paid.