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Ford Excursion, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, SUV
#311 of 423 PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!
Jul 09, 2001 (1:19 pm)
2001 FORD EXCURSION LIMITED 4X4 V10
Come on now anti-EXCURSION folks! I am getting tired of your bitching and griping about the Ford Excursion. I bought mine two months ago and put it 4 thousand miles and I did not have any problems such as the AIR CONDITIONING, CLUNKING, ROAMING issues. I am just plain tired of some people complaining about this 8th wonder of the world SUV. By the way, I call mine, THE BEAST hehehe. First of all, the only issue that I found out is the wallowy ride and the gas mileage. HECK! if you can afford a 44 grand SUV, why will you complain anyways??? If you like a car ride, why not buy a BMW 740il??? But for mine, I changed my shocks and suspension when I got it so, the wallowy ride was never been an issue to me. For the gas mileage between the SUBURBAN and EXCURSION is not that far. Damn, it's only a mile/gallon difference. It is really understandable that these big autos will consume gas tremendously, so why complain about it? Donít be so dumb and stupid about it. So PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!, do not complain about those impertinent things such as gas mileage, etc. I had enough of those things already and it is time for me to speak. I really love my SUV, I had a Suburban k2500 before and I believe that the Excursion looks better and far outdoes the SUBURBANers. IN MY OWN OPINION, those people who keeps bitching and griping about the EX haven't experienced to own this one or just plainly haven't driven one! So stop being JEALOUS!
#312 of 423 Beast 2001 - Calm Down
Jul 19, 2001 (10:26 pm)
Perhaps you should do a bit more research before you ask those of us that had been plagued by Fords rolling monument to piss poor automotive design to quit bitchin. Seems you focused in on gas mileage being the cause of our woes. Gas mileage was never a concern of mine and if you read further back a couple of posts you'll see that statement. Quite frankly had mileage or the cost of fuel ever been a concern to me I would have purchased a 740iL as you had indicated instead of the gass guzzling 750iL which I previously owned. At least we share some common opinion as to what is considered a decent quality automobile. By that statement I make no reference that the excursion should be compared to a passenger car. What I do have a significant issue with is a vehicle that spent a considerable amount of time at a dealership while a service manager, service writer and mechanic attempted to correct real problems, not imagined problems resulting from either poor design, poor build quality or a combination of both. If you are content with attempting to improve your vehicle by removing and replacing inferior components with ones that make it satisfactory in your eyes so be it. I was just not prepared to redesign and rebuild a new vehicle. Does it not concern you why Ford with its tremendous engineering talents chose not to install the shocks and suspension components you did? I can assure you that it wasnt because of any reason other than economics and the result of rushing into the profitable "me-too" SUV market. By the way I think Ford has heard of Michelin before as well. Im happy that your content with your 8th wonder of the world and truly hope that it remains trouble free for you. Call me overly critical, a whiner and a bitcher. $44K is not alot of money to spend today on a vehicle but nonetheless you should still get your moneys worth regardless of the cost. Proof in point is that even in light of the significant savings the new owner of our excursion realised by means of its plummeting resale value, I doubt if he will feel he got his or hers moneys worth... As you did indicate that your tired of the bitching and negative comments, perhaps you miss the point. Some evening when your suffering from insomnia, go back and read some of the early posts and track the transition of joys to woes. It may also surprise you just how many people have experienced the same problems.
Jul 21, 2001 (12:40 am)
I have a 2000 Excursion Limited which I like for the durability, interior "toughness" and the room it provides my wife and her 7 day care kids (although she cusses at the rocking everytime she goes in and out of the driveway). I have a 1999 GMC Sierra which I much prefer for the comfort and ride. In fact, I'm upgrading to the Yukon XL Denali shortly for the comfort, bells and whistles, ride and quietness. As I have experienced it, I'll have the best of both worlds -- toughness for the kids and camping trips and a nice personal ride with plenty of room for bi-weekly trips to the city with friends (and superior factory design for a major stereo upgrade!
#314 of 423 Had both and like both
Jul 21, 2001 (11:39 am)
After 3 2500 Sub's over almost 30 years, replaced the last one with the Ex because of the interior space. They are both good and getting better by the year, but all vehicles have problems at some time. I do think GM has had more time to work out the kinks in the Sub's/XL but IMO they screwed up taking up too much interior space with panels. Hence the Ex fit our requirements. Like both on the open road going long distance, and the Ex is only 8 months old so time will tell. It did get a slow start going only 3k in 6 months but has 3k in last 6 weeks so it will get to 15k + miles by it's birthday. 2wd V-10 Limited. Get the best deal and what you really need.
Aug 02, 2001 (11:02 am)
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Aug 06, 2001 (8:42 am)
If the Excursion is supposedly the biggest and strongest SUV, why should it have such a lightweight payload compared to the Suburban (in addition to a lower towing capacity)?
v-8 Excursion (1950lbs)
v-10 Ex (1710 lbs)
TDiesel Ex (1800lbs)
3/4 Sub (3153lbs)
1/2 Sub (2077lbs)
You would think that for the sacrifice in ride the Excursion has, you would at least be able to load more "stuff" than the better handling and riding Sub. What good is have more space if you have to leave it empty to avoid exceeding your GVCW?
#317 of 423 Excursion and the Denali XL
Aug 13, 2001 (7:09 pm)
Back 2 years ago, I had the "Hots" for the Excursion Ltd, with the PSD. Love the looks,and the size. I took one for a ride on two different occasions and lost my desire for the vehicle.
First, the two I drove both wandered and it was busy work to keep it going straight. Going over a bump was an experience and the deisel was NOISY.
The wife had a sore back at the end of the test and that put the kabosh on the deal.
Four months ago I bought a 2001 Yukon Denali XL and love the vehicle. Tho I have had some minor issues with the vehicle, overall I am happy with my purchase. But the main thing that concerned me was I could not find a review anywhere that liked the Excursion over the Suburban, or even liked the Excursion at all. Personally, I still like the vehicle, if Ford would only make it more civil and comfortable. After all, even the new big rigs ride like cars...no professional trucker wants to get bounced around on a long trip and the manufacturers of these rigs are correcting the problem, Why won't Ford? Thanks for listening
#318 of 423 2 weeks in the EX and happy camper
Aug 17, 2001 (9:52 pm)
Not sure if Ford is making the more recent ones better but after 30 years in Sub's, the last 2 weeks and 2400 miles went very nicely. SF Bay Area to Vancouver Island, BC and back after staying on the Island 9 days. The Ex doesn't wander for me and I have added nothing other than to replace the OEM F/S's with Michelin.
As to load weight, a lot of our gear is space takers but not all that heavy. So the interior demensions are key, can't fit an airline 500 kennel in side ways on a new Sub like you could in a '90 and prior, but you can do that in the Ex. and get the dog in and out. Not to mention the alley for the dogs that provides a nice bed for a nap when you want to drive straight through like we did comming back, Anacortes, WA to Bay Area in 14 hours with just a few gas stops and to air dogs.
Enjoy what you drive.
#319 of 423 starrow68 U R correct
Aug 18, 2001 (5:30 am)
about the smaller interior dimensions in the Sub, I wonder why they would do that and make the vehicle smaller. Perhaps due to the new rounder design. I am sure GM is losing sales to Ford for just that reason.
Hopefully, when I am ready for a new vehicle, the Excursion will be more to my likeing. I still like the vehicle.
#320 of 423 gas mileage
Aug 27, 2001 (4:21 pm)
Does anybody have a 2500 suburban with the 6.0 L engine in it? I am wondering what the mpg is. I noticed that edmunds has it listed at 14/16, which I consider to be pretty goood.