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Ford Expedition, SUV
Jan 07, 2002 (6:07 pm)
I just bought a 1999 Expedition Eddie Bauer 4x4. The problem is the dealer did not have a manual (they have it ordered), and we are trying to learn the ins and outs of this great vehicle! We bought it from a Chevy dealer, so the salesman did not know as much about the Expedition as a Ford salseman would . First question, for some reason this Exp. looks shorter than some we have looked at and even appeared to be a couple inches shorter when parked next to another one at the grocery store. I read somewhere about there being some type of lowering option where it lowers a couple of inches when put in park. The salesman did not know if this one had it, could this explain the compressor type noise heard when put in gear? I looked at the tires and they seem to be the standard size could it be possible that they are low profile tires? That was the salesmans thought. My husband likes the taller look and is considering putting different tires on if in fact we could gain a little added height by switching. What size tires do you guys have? Thanks for any help you might give us.
#591 of 1710 Re: 1999 Expedition
Jan 08, 2002 (10:36 am)
The Expedition have an optional load leveling suspension that does lower the height when parked. The real purpose is to keep the truck level when towing a heavy load. The difference when parked was obvious when we where looking at Expeditions last year. We opted to avoid this option since it sounded like a future maintenance problem with little benefit since we do not tow trailers.
#592 of 1710 Another Question about 1999 Expedition
Jan 08, 2002 (11:13 am)
Ill be glad when I get my manual! Is there a way of using a VIN to find out what a particular vehicle has in options? I know it seems to be a wierd question, but like the case with the load leveling option that the salesman did not know about I am wondering if there are other features that we do not know about. Also, our Exp. does not have the tow package. When we were shopping some had it, but other than the towbar, what does this option consist of? Our Explorer had what my husband called a transmission cooler, although it did not have the tow pkg. Any info on if towing without this package,could it hurt the vehicle, possibly over heat. We plan to put a Reese hitch on to pull our boat. Anyone have problems with an Exp without the tow package trying to tow things?
#593 of 1710 re: 1999 expedition height
Jan 08, 2002 (11:38 am)
I had '98 for 38 months. never had problems with the height or 4-corner air suspension.
I does ride a little smoother than the expe w/ metal rear springs.
Amber, send me your email address if yo have any other questions.
there are 2 systems sold for the expe:
and 4-corner for the 4x4, which I had.
look behind front tires:
front shocks would be air shocks or not, an outer sleeve with an air bag in it, covering most of the air bag, and an air hose going to it.
If 4-corner, then also in the rear, on rear axle, no metal coil springs, instead
a big fat black rubber air bag on each side of the rear axle, easy to see, maybe 8" diam and 12" high.
There are 3 heights.
1-driving height, by putting truck into R or D,
2-there is kneeling height=parked, in park, key off, ALL doors closed, it will slowly lower ~1.75 inch, alternating front and rear until done.
Does make it easier to get loads into the back.
Then key on, in D or R comes back up to driving height (~1.75"),
3- 4x4LOW HEIGHT: it will go up an ADDITIONAL ~~1.75" for ground clearance.
To go in and out of 4x4 LOW, if I remember this right,
MUST 1-be in Neutral only, 2-have foot on brake pedal, 3-not moving
THEN can move selector in and out of 4x4 LOW.
the dash indicatior of 4x4 LOW and the loud clunk from the transfer case is the give-a-way that you went in or out of LOW successfully.
There is a slight delay going in or out of LOW.
Jan 08, 2002 (1:38 pm)
I almost wish I hadn't read the above article....I'm about to buy a new Yukon and the 2003 Expy sounds great...just what I want with the fold-flat 2nd and 3rd rows!
Jan 08, 2002 (3:55 pm)
I really like my 2K XLT, but that third seat can really be a pain. I have found myself in situations where I need the extra cargo space but didn't think ahead to remove the seat. I'm not that fond of the new body style, but the flat folding rear seat might just be enough to sway me.
#597 of 1710 sounds great
Jan 08, 2002 (6:04 pm)
It is surprising the amount of engineering that went into the new Expedition, fully independent coil-over-shock double wishbone front AND rear, new rack and pinion steering, a huge reduction in wind noise and road noise, huge disc brakes, panic assist braking, side canopy air bags, wider track yet shorter turning radius, quieter engines yet attention to increasing the V8 sound under certain conditions, and those cool power disappearing rear seats, and on and on.... All of this engineering into a SUV is impressive.
#599 of 1710 RE: #578 of 579 sounds great
Jan 08, 2002 (11:45 pm)
I agree it's very impressive to have all the features. On the handle, more bugs we will see in the first year production.