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#239 of 1707 Your not the only one jilona
Apr 02, 2001 (6:46 am)
A few years back I took home a 1997 Ford Expedition XLT with every option. When I got home I started to test out all of the new options when boom, only the speakers or the headphones could be listened to at one time. What a rip off! 30 something thousand vehicle and a simple function that just doesnt work. Why did the dealers say that it is possible? Who knows. Anyway Im glad that you purchased a Ford Expedition and believe me you will enjoy it over the next few years.
#240 of 1707 Looking to Buy
Apr 03, 2001 (6:51 pm)
Looking to buy a 2001 XLT. Does anyone have an opinion on the 4x4 as the 4X2. What's the difference in gas mileage, etc. Also, I can but o the x-plan which is 4% above employee A-Plan and just below dealer invoice. I assume that Ford must incent the dealer to participate in the plan, sooo should I be able to negotiate off of that price and hte dealer still be ahead if theywere to sell at invoice to someone off the street?
Also what is the deal on the different drive train options (e.g. 3.31, 3.55. 3.75 and some with slip differential. Where can I find good technical help on this?
We are really excited about buying one. Buy the way, live in outside philly and we don't get too much snow
#241 of 1707 JRDG1961/looking to buy
Apr 03, 2001 (8:11 pm)
Having bought a 2001 Expedition 5.4L 4X4 with all the bells and whistles on it I can think of and use. I love the vehicle, I drove it from Columbus, Ohio to Wichita, Kansas in a terrible snow storm in December 00. I fell in love with the AWD and never had to use the 4X4 drive at anytime (but is was there if I needed it). A lot of people don't like 4wd because it cost a little more but I wouldn't go without it especially in the wintertime. If someone doesn't want 4wd thats ok also as it gives them a little more towing capacity. I definitely would not even consider the 4.6L engine. Hope this helps
#242 of 1707 Poweraid/Airaid for 4.6L XLT
Apr 03, 2001 (11:22 pm)
I just bought an 2001 black XLT with sport package (couldn't resist the price). I have choosen for the 4.6L engine since I do not need to tow anything, and fuel consumption was a concern. I would like see if this board has any experience with modification like the Poweraid throttle spacer, and the Airaid filter.
Do you see an improvement in the mileage and power ?
#243 of 1707 jrdg1961: An opinion?
Apr 04, 2001 (7:13 am)
Gas mileage is more dependent on vehicle weight and aerodynamics than 4x2 vs. 4x4. However, you could probably expect to get slightly better mileage with 4x2, perhaps 1-2 MPG. In case you haven't read lots of the older posts on this topic, gas mileage on these "monster trucks" is only about 12-14, with some folks reporting as high as 16-17 or so with the 4.6 engine.
Dealers here in Denver have been offering Expys at less than invoice since January. We paid $650 less than invoice for our 2001 EB.
Different axle ratios (like engines) are offered so you can choose what you need depending on your usage. For example, if you are going to tow a trailer or a boat, you'd likely want the 3:73. OTOH, if you did most of your driving on the highway, with no load, on flat ground, you might want the 3:31. Here in Colorado, the 3:73 Limited Slip is practically a no-brainer, with the altitude and mountains to contend with. Try and find a knowledgeable sales person to assist you (good luck!).
Personally, I went for power, torque, acceleration and speed, and chose the 5.4 engine with the 3:73 LS differential. Lots of folks seem unhappy with the 4.6, and if you were to opt for the 5.4 and then the 3:31 axle, that also might be a poor combination, if you valued acceleration.
Try and test drive as many variations as you can. Don't be afraid to PUNCH IT to see how the different trucks accelerate, etc.
#244 of 1707 4.6 engine
Apr 04, 2001 (11:03 am)
I also have 2001 XLT 4X4 with the sport package. I am very happy with this engine as well as the gas milege. For anyone just doing the regular driving on highway and city its fine. As long as your not towing. Actually the 4.6 is smoother and quieter than the 5.4 engine.
Apr 04, 2001 (11:27 am)
I actually found that the 5.4 was smoother when I did comparison driving ..
just my 2 cents!
Apr 04, 2001 (6:55 pm)
I hav 2 questions. I have a 97 Ford Expedition XLT and have read that the PCV valve needs replacing when the car hits 65,000 miles. I already have 80,000 miles and still dont have a replacement. Is it really neccessary? Also, can anybody tell me how many total watts the stereo has? I have one that says premium on the lids but it is not the MACH. Thanks
#247 of 1707 Dealer Test Drive Eddie Bauer/XLT
Apr 04, 2001 (11:36 pm)
Today I went to the Ford dealer and test drove an 2001 EB 4X4 with the Load Level Suspension and a 2001 XLT No boundaries 4X4 with the 5.4 engine. My conclusion the EB with the LL suspension rode a little better and Steering/handling had a better feel (fighter). Is there something different in the steering system? Also the 5.4 engine(BE) seem quieter than the 5.4 in the XLT. Is there better insulation in the EB? In the XLT you are riding higher because of the standard suspension. Steering is a little bit more difficult in the XLT (17 inch wheels) The 5.4 in both vehicles did have better pick up than my 4.6 engine, Not much more. Also I never mentioned that I have the regular axle, on my 2001 XLT 4X4. not the Limited slip axle that I see most of them come with. What is the disadvantages and advantages of having the non limited slip axle ? I have not seen a Expedition with out a limited slip axle. Mines is the only one i have seen so far. When i bought it i didn't pay it no attention.
#248 of 1707 Horsepower on 4.6 engine for 2001 expedition
Apr 05, 2001 (8:56 am)
What Exactly is the horsepower for the 2001 expedition 4.6 engine ? I thought 240 but I was reading a ford brochore and it said 215 and some of the car website say 215 ? The Dealer was telling me 240 when i bought it back in oct 2000. Please help me. I have possibly been misled.