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#200 of 1710 Suspension
Mar 06, 2001 (2:24 pm)
I first tested a 1998 4x4 with 16 inch wheels and loved the way it handled and road. I ordered a 1999 4x4 with 17 inch wheel and it was quite a bit higher than the 98. Both were XLT's and road very differnt. The 99 was so sloppy it was scary to drive on the freeway. You had to constanly make corrections with steering to keep it staight.Well as someone mentioned I made a few modefications to stablize it. One, new shocks(Edlebrocks), two, sway bar (helwig) for the rear. And I had Ford replace the steering box for a late 99 and up Expedition. It's not perfect but can corner pretty fast. Down fall is a little on the stiff side. Then I decided to change out the 17's for some 285/75/16's BFG KO's, on 16x8 wheels. Love these tires so far but have to get them in the dirt now. These tires were 1.1 inches taller. You can take a look at my cheap web site that earthlink gave me to take a look at it.
#201 of 1710 Rear Seat Entertainment System in 2001 EB?
Mar 06, 2001 (8:35 pm)
Anyone have the Rear Seat Entertainment System in the 2001 EB? Just trying to get some feed back on it. Right now in Northern Cali. The dealers are giving this package away for free.
Thanks for any info.
#202 of 1710 Gas mileage with 3.73 vs standard rearend
Mar 06, 2001 (8:40 pm)
What is the difference in gas mileage with each rearend. I can't find the difference.
#203 of 1710 cobhoth: Gas Mileage
Mar 07, 2001 (6:35 am)
The difference is most likely minimal. Gas mileage is more a function of weight and aerodynamics. We're pushing a VERY heavy, almost square box down the road and I doubt that the gearing will make much difference.
OTOH- If one were to opt for the 4.6 engine, combined with the highest gearing offered, and compared that to the 5.4 with the lowest gearing offered, there would be a noticable difference of as much as 2-5 MPG, on a level highway. Of course, the 4.6 with high gearing would be unsuitable for towing, high-altitude use and climbing mountains.
#204 of 1710 hdlouie: I've just GOT to know...
Mar 07, 2001 (6:45 am)
Did your XLT have the Firestone tires on it???
If so, they could have been the source of most of your steering and sloppy handling problems.
I had to drive on the 17" Firestones for two weeks until the Michelin LTX M/S tires that I ordered came in. What an amazing difference! Both steering and handling improved noticeably.
Sway bars don't increase the stiffness of your ride. That's strictly due to your new shocks. Sway bars will reduce the body roll in turns, and are a great addition if a vehicle doesn't come with a rear one as original equipment. The front sway bar should always be slightly larger (in diameter) than the rear one for the best results. If the rear is larger, the handling can get squirrelly.
I put the Eledbrock shocks on our last SUV, an Isuzu Trooper and was pleased with the results at first, but after three years with that stiff ride, the Trooper sure had lots of squeeks and rattles. I wasn't pleased with those.
#205 of 1710 Rear Seat Ent Sys in 2001 EB for cobhoth
Mar 08, 2001 (12:14 am)
We just traded our 99 XLT Expedition in for an 01 Eddie Bauer Expedition and we got the Rear Seat Entertainment System. We really like the Ent System, its made by Audiovox and has a 6.8 inch screen. It comes with two wireless head phones that work well and help keep the kids quiet on longer trips. The only thing I don't like about the system is that with the screen down it partially blocks my view through the mirror, I just have to remember to use the side mirrors. The special deal on this system is no longer offered so you'll have to find one on the dealers lot that still has it. You should be able to get a pretty good deal right now. We live in So Cal and paid $37150 for a 4x4 EB with every option except for the 2nd row captains chairs. The MSRP was $42915 and there was a $1250 rebate and %2.9 financing for 60 months. We were able to trade our 99 Expedition in and we ended up with payments that were only slightly higher. Overall I really like the new Expedition, our 99 had the 4.6L engine and it just didn't have enough power for things like towing and climbing long hills. Given the slight price difference I would highly recommend getting the 5.4L engine. So far I can't tell any difference in the mileage.
#206 of 1710 Best, cheapest dealer in Cali Bay area
Mar 08, 2001 (7:20 am)
Hi, any recomendations for best and cheapest dealer in the Bay Area of California?
#207 of 1710 1998 Expedition emissions
Mar 08, 2001 (4:56 pm)
I am trying to find out if the 1998 Expeditions are all California emissions compliant. We are buying in the Southeast region.
And, is 15,500 a good deal on a lease trade in 1998 EB Expedition in excellent condition with 33,000 miles.
#208 of 1710 Tire Wear
Mar 09, 2001 (11:49 am)
I have a 2000 Expedition XLT 5.4L with 6500 miles. I rotated the 17" General Grabber AW tires at 4000. I've clearly got "outside tire feathering" going on and I'm being told by the ford dealership that this is normal (Alignment is perfect - they checked) and that there is nothing that can be done. I've gone all the way up the chain at the Dealership.... Help!!! Do all Expedition do this? Is this normal? Anyone else have similar experience? Where do I go next?
#209 of 1710 abwnd: Get a second opinion
Mar 10, 2001 (6:52 am)
SUVs are hard on tires. Your tires carry a lot of weight and abuse and yet your tires must be strong enough for off-road use, which makes them stiff and not as flexible as passenger car tires.
Ask around and find out which independent alignment shop in your community is considered the BEST. Take your Expy there and have them check your alignment. If it isn't "normal", have that shop document exactly what they found, but also have them re-align it. Then send a copy of the shop's findings to your Ford dealer's service manager and ask him to pay for the alignment. At least the dealer will know you're serious, plus you'll KNOW your alignment is what it should be.
OTOH, if your alignment is OK, your only option is to rotate your tires more often, say every 4000 miles. If you buy tires from Discount or Big O, rotation is free for the life of the tires. They will also re-balance at every rotation if you request it.
On our last SUV, I rotated tires every 4000 miles to compensate for the extra wear & tear on the front tires. I intend doing the same on our new Expy.