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Ford Excursion, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, SUV
#39 of 423 Excursion w/ diesel
Feb 15, 2000 (6:42 pm)
I was told that the Ford diesel being used was a 7.3L International and that it is a "proven" engine? So far at only 5137 miles it seems to be a "workhorse" of an engine in my Limited. A bit "clickity-clackaty" around town (turn up the radio a notch) but great on the highway. Record mileage on every tank and fill it the same every time myself, the best has been 17.7. That was a trip from Central Mass to Scranton, PA in cold/snowy/slippery conditions. If kept under 2000 RPM (under 65 MPH) you definitely can see a mileage improvement...ie if the trip computer is anywhere near correct. I don't "race" mine as some seem to do so I find the power at low and high end very good. Travel safe.
#40 of 423 suburban vs excursion
Feb 19, 2000 (1:19 am)
I PICKED UP A SUBURBAN LT AND GAVE IT BACK AFTER A WEEK BECAUSE OF THE HARMONIC NOISE. IT FEELS LIKE YOU ARE DRIVING ON A MILLED HIGHWAY. NOT THE RIDE I WANT FOR 40K PLUS. LOOKED AT AND DROVE AN EXCURSION TODAY. SEEMS LIKE A BETTER VEHICLE, AND SUPRISINGLY AT A LOWER COST THAN THE BURB. ANY THOUGHTS
#41 of 423 Response to #41
Feb 20, 2000 (12:55 am)
Have had 3 Suburbans and couldn't say anything bad about them. But so far (5470 miles) I can't say anything but good about my Excursion. It is a Limited with the Power Stroke Diesel. Will not ride like a 1500 (maybe 2500) but on the highway it is a pleasure to drive. Does not have the "agressive" tires but still goes where you point it. Great in the snow (best I have had) including 2 Grand Wagoneers and the 3 Suburbans. So far so good. Travel safe.
#42 of 423 GMC Agility vs Excursion
Feb 21, 2000 (2:01 am)
Hello Everyone, Went to the GMC Sponsored Agility
tour on Saturday in Charlotte NC. I did not know what
to expect, it was awesome! It lasted an hour and
for the first 30 minutes they went over the yukon /
XL and for the last 30 minutes we got to drive the
yukon/XL 2wd/4wd 1500/2500, an Excursion and an
Expedition. I drove everything but the Expedition.
I was absolutely amazed at the difference in
handling and ride control (no autorides) You got
to drive around a "road" type course with swerves,
tight turns and quick stops. You could go as hard
as you wanted to test the trucks and people were,
this was not some leisurely test drive. The GMCs
beat the tar out of the Excursion in every aspect,
comfort, handling and especially ride/ compensation
for bumps. To test this the course had marine
rope and rubber tire treads to run over. I drove
the GMCs first and thought it was no big deal,
drove the excursion and it felt like you were
losing control the bumping got so bad, you had to
fight to maintain control of the steering wheel!
Over all I was extremely impressed, I cannot wait
to get mine. Check the GMC web page for dates it
is coming to a location near you it was worth the
I dont know much about this Harmonic disturbance in the yukon/suburban but other then that the Yukon CL/Sub is a real winner
Feb 21, 2000 (7:12 am)
Which Excursion did they have? 2WD or 4WD? V8/V10, or Diesel? Was one of the GMC's a direct match (diesel to diesel, 4x4 to 4x4, etc.)? I'll bet they didn't hook up 10,000 pound trailers and then see which truck handled better......
#44 of 423 Transmission problems with all Chevy's and GMC's
Feb 22, 2000 (5:58 am)
Thanks for helping me get my facts straight
"Some are coming off the line with a harmonic vibration which is quickly fixed with a tweak in the rear suspension."
If it walks like a duck and looks like a duck, guess wha,t Harmonic blah blah still smells like a trip to the service dept. to FIX the transmission PROBLEM., by "tweaking" the rear end.
We all love taking new vehicles back to the dealer and have them tweaked.....buy a Ford No Tweaking required.
Feb 22, 2000 (4:28 pm)
My Excursion suspension required a lot of tweaking to get it drivable.
#46 of 423 protravel...
Feb 22, 2000 (8:54 pm)
Having a bad day?
#47 of 423 Just plain FAT
Feb 24, 2000 (1:24 am)
I am shopping for a new suburban because I did my research. The Excursion weights almost #2000 more than the Sub. That is 40%! That is almost like hauling around my 1942 Ford GPW (Jeep) everywhere I go! They both have the same size tires so you can just imagine the beating their taking. And if you do any off road work anyone will tell you that lots more weight means lots more shoveling. I know I'm comparing a 1/2 ton to the Ford but still that is a lot of fat.
On the other hand I will miss the 40 gal.tank on my 93 sub. They also did away with the under hood trouble light on its neat wind up spool but I never did use it.
#48 of 423 FAT can help!
Feb 24, 2000 (6:44 am)
Probably where the Excursion's "fat" will make a difference is in towing. If you are not towing, then the extra weight might be wasteful to some extent. On the other hand, the extra weight does go along with extra space. So, even if you are not towing, if you have 6 or more people and lots of gear, it will still be more comfortable in the Excursion. The reason its better for towing has to do with the weight ratio of the tower to the towie. The higher that ratio, the more stable the tow will be (5000 lb Sub with 10000 lb trailer is not as happy as an 8000 lb Excursion pulling the same trailer when a little sway from shear winds or other disturbance comes along).