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#307 of 1710 Moab Report
May 09, 2001 (6:28 am)
Got back from Moab late testerday under warm, blue skies. Left in a blizzard on Friday, from Denver. Two upside-down pickups near Georgetown kept my speed low. Once on the other side of the Eisenhower tunnel, the weather improved.
Our 2001 EB Expedition is no longer a virgin! Took it 4-wheeling every day we were in Moab. It worked great on the trails we chose. Granted, these were NOT truly difficult, like "Metal Masher", but were tough enough for me, thank you. Low range isn't as low as other 4x4s I've driven, but it worked well on steep, rocky climbs.
The Hummer club was staying at our hotel. About 35-40 Hummers, most of them black (?). These dudes 4-wheel in style! About a third of them were TRAILERED to Moab on 18-wheelers! YES, there were FOUR 18-wheeler flat beds in the parking lot that were loaded with Hummers on Sunday night for the ride home. One dude had his own rig: a Ford Super-Duty, with a Harley in the bed, pulling a flat-bed trailer with his Hummer and spare tires. The club had three full-time mechanics and their fully-equipped trailer at the hotel, and they were all busy after a trail run. Lots of them had Lincolns and Cadillacs to drive to dinner. Amazing how much damage can be done to an $80K vehicle in one day! But, I guess if you have so much money you don't know what to do with it, a Hummer is just another boy's toy.
Gas in Moab was the cheapest on the trip, at $1.65 per gallon. Gas in Eagle, CO was $1.99 per gallon. This was for 85 octane regular.
We averaged about 15 MPG for the whole trip.
#308 of 1710 One-Millionth Expedition
May 12, 2001 (9:36 am)
Just found out from the dealer that the Expedition we ordered last month will be the "one-millionth" produced. It will be a white EB, 4WD, with every option except the sunroof.
Dealer says Ford will be flying us to Dearborn for the event. He says we will be meeting the Expy design team and walking down the line as our truck is built (47 minutes)!
Should be an interesting trip - I'll keep the group posted, as it develops.
#309 of 1710 Say hi to my wife!
May 12, 2001 (4:04 pm)
My wife is often at the plant ... it is in Wayne, Michigan. She's working on the launch of the 2002 model.
#310 of 1710 Low Speed Turn Shudder
May 15, 2001 (8:58 am)
Our 2000 XLT recently developed a tendency to shudder during low speed turns, e.g., pulling out of a parking space. Similar problem, I think, to that experienced by gentlemen in post #124. Took it in, dealer first checked out steering linkage and power steering system. No problems there. Next turned attention to rear differential and decided that was the source of the problem: rear differential was binding and inside wheel was hopping during the turn. The dealer added limited slip gear oil in hope that would free things up. That was yesterday so the jury is still out on the solution (oil needs to work its way in). Anyone else had this problem fixed?
May 15, 2001 (6:34 pm)
It is not all that uncommon. Why they don't put the additive in when new is still a great mystery. They must do it as an insurance policy for repair shops.
May 16, 2001 (5:24 pm)
After 2 Suburbans, I'm a happy new owner of an '01 EB. I have a question though about the reverse sensing system: I really can hardly hear it, esp /w the radio on. Is there a fix?
Phil in N'awlins
#313 of 1710 psedrish: Reverse Sensing
May 17, 2001 (5:08 am)
I'm not aware of a volume control on the reverse sensing system, but my wife and I have no problem hearing ours. I would have your Ford dealer look at it. Maybe the speaker is being blocked by something. We really find the reverse sensing system to be very useful, but it does sense curbs in addition to other objects.
BTW- We have had our EB since January. It now has almost 6000 miles on it without a single problem. We have taken it on two road trips and love the ride and handling at freeway speeds.
Our only complaint is the lousy mileage (about 15 mpg), but we knew about that prior to buying it.
#314 of 1710 New Expedition EB Owner
May 18, 2001 (7:28 am)
Just bought a 2001 EB 4X4 with the Premier group. The Arizona Beige is a very nice color. It also came with the rear entertainment system (LCD screen and VCR). I was wondering if anyone recieved any documentation about this system with theirs? I did not get any info. Really want to find out if there is some way to attach a Nintendo 64 to the system for long trips. Also, any tips about good sources for interior accessories (mats, rear center console, etc.) would also be appreciated. Hoping to keep this for a long time so anything to watch for would also be appreciated.
#315 of 1710 4 X 4 Extended Warranties & 87 Octane in Navs
May 18, 2001 (12:27 pm)
Just for the record, I've never used anything but regular gas in my '98 Navigator and never heard a ping. I don't know if the newer 300HP motors are any different, but mine is fine.
Anyone buying a 2001 Expy or Nav should really wait a couple of months for the new 2002 models unless you want to take advantage of the 0% financing deal they are giving now to clear the inventory. GM also announced incentives on their F/S SUVs. Part inventory, part gas prices, part bragging rights I think.
For those of you looking to buy an aftermarket extended warranty on a US-Built 4 X 4, try this... 5 years/100,000 miles for $845, Asian-built is $790. Call 800-352-7676 Heritage Insurance Company. I don't use them, but they are out there advertising. Worth a look.
#316 of 1710 '02 Expedition/Navigator
May 18, 2001 (12:33 pm)
You'll have to wait more than a few months for the 2002 models. Job 1 is currently scheduled for November, which means early 2002 before vehicles are at the dealerships. Also, the Job 1 date could always be moved back!