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Ford Excursion, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, SUV
#295 of 423 Suburban v Excursion
May 05, 2001 (12:06 pm)
There really is no comparison. I've spent many miles in both, actually all of Fords SUV's and 'burbs and Tahoe's. The EX is based on a f250 chasis, so If you like to ride in a lumber truck, here you go. Keep in mind if that lumber truck is loaded, it will ride much beter. The EX's steering is wild. You're always turning the wheel even when you're going straight. It's similar to a small ferry w/ fixed prop. In 1995 the suburban had it's own chasis made. It rides very nice. However, I wouldn't buy pre 2000. Brakes, transmition, brakes. 2000 and up have corrected most of it's shortcomings. The ex has a ways to go. And whats up with all of Fords seats, no comparison to the GM's buckets. Surprisingly enough the ford 2 door explorer sport had the best ride of all the fors suv's. This I'd consider. But you can't go wrong with the 'burb.
Stay far from Jeep GC. expecially the pre 99. Horrible ride, total market saturation/ depreciation. Many problems. Of course this is all imho.
#297 of 423 king of the road
May 30, 2001 (8:36 am)
I have been driving trucks/SUV's most of the last 20 years and I think the Excursion is one of the best I have ever driven.
If you are driving a bunch of kids around most of the day a Suburban is fine, but if you want a truck that can take alot of abuse the Ford Excursion is the only way to go. Everyone has to remember that the Ford Excursion was designed to tow heavy trailers, not to ride like a Cadillac and transport a bunch of kids.
I guess, I felt like doing a little bit of venting!!!
Jun 01, 2001 (11:14 am)
Glad you like your Sub, I did too for 30 years and 3 models. But with the same job to do, the new Sub didn't have the interior room as our prior 1990 model, hence the Excursion fit the bill. Enjoy what you drive, we do.
Trying to say something nice about engines and you make it difficult. Our 3 sub's all got over 150k miles but the last a 454 ran hot as a side walk in Dallas in August, melted a plastic binder on the floor from the heater outlet one summer. Our V-10 on the other hand runs cool and at speed in 100+ temps with air running actually runs cooler than when around town, very comfortable.
#300 of 423 Excursion vs Sub
Jun 01, 2001 (7:02 pm)
palfitoO1: The Excursion definitely has superior interior space, however having owned 2, 3/4 ton Suburbans and now owning a Denali XL, I can assure you their is no comparison from a comfort basis between rear leaf springs and a "normal" air shock suspension. The comfort will become a substantial issue once you get around 35,000 miles on those leaf springs and there's no going back. Great if you need the extra towing but hell around town.
As for your reference to the Excursions tow capabilities, the Suburban 2500 with the 8.1L engine tows 2000 more lbs than the Excursion with the v-10. The GM 8.1L also has more hp and torque.
Jun 03, 2001 (8:41 pm)
I have an '01 Yukon XL, my next door neighbor has an '01 Excursion. Our garage doors (and garages for that matter) are the exact same size...Guess who's SUV sits out in the rain?
#302 of 423 Fits in My Garage
Jun 08, 2001 (7:50 am)
I have a 2000 Excursion 4x4 V10 that fits in my standard size garage. I only have to fold in the towing mirrors before I drive it in.
Got this unit as a leftover in January of this year. Great vehicle! Just did a trip a couple of weeks ago to/from Myrtle Beach SC towing my 25 foot travel trailer. It was pleasure to drive. got around 10mpg while towing. Around town and going back and forth to work I get between 14 and 15 MPG.
Saw a report from Ford that the towing limits can be increased to match the Chevy/GMC Suburbans. They have an upgraded hitch that adds 2000lbs to the rating. No other modifications are required. Dealers should be able to order the hitch and replace the existing one on 2000 and 2001 models if you need the extra capacity. Don't know what the cost is. Think the new hitch will be standard on the 2002 model.
#303 of 423 Garage issue, don't know why
Jun 09, 2001 (9:11 pm)
Didn't bother to put my 90 2500 Sub with 454 into the garage since we got here when it was 5 years old and it had been sitting out previously. With old wood lift doors any Sub or Ex sized vehicle seems to be an issue. Since we got roll up doors as replacement and moved the extra stuff we pull in the Excursion as long as previously mentioned, we pull in the mirrors, since it is a 3 singles garage. Actually have 3 vehicles in the garage for the first time I can remember.
Enjoy what you drive, you bought it, we do!
#304 of 423 V-10 mileage in 4x4 Excursion
Jun 11, 2001 (9:24 am)
A previous post stated 10 mpg pulling a 25 ft travel trailer and 14-15 around town. I'm not sure about towing but the best I've seen is 11 around town(all stop and go, no freeway) and 14 - 14.5 on interstate loaded up, at 75 mph. You need the 7.3 L PSD to get 14-15 around town.