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#312 of 519 Re: Best year for X? [guthman]
Mar 14, 2008 (5:58 am)
I have a 2000 Excursion with 110k on it. If i had to do over again i would buy another Suburban. I had an 88 surburban and traded it with 180k miles on it for the Excursion. At the time i wanted another Suburban (a real truck) but the Chevy dealers weren't dealing on price and the Ford dealers were. I needed a large 4 wheel truck so i went for it. While I like the truck... great power... over the years I have had too many costly weird maintenance and 4 wheel drive problems with the excursion. Big ticket items were replacing the front hubs... and I had to replace the front bearings twice. I'm not crazy about the braking. The door locks stopped working years ago. And then there were the expected problems... batteries... starter.. alternater... etc.
Good luck with your decision...
#313 of 519 Re: Best year for X? [guthman]
Mar 14, 2008 (8:15 am)
I have a 2000 'X' Limited with the 6.8 l V10 gas engine. AND I LOVE IT!!! I did have a problem with the idling until I found a really good mechanic. The only real problem I have had is with the door locks, but once the original ones were replaced they work fine. My unit has 121,000 km on it (Canadian, eh!). Yes it is hard on gas, I get about 19 miles to the gallon highway, but I have been told that the V10 is easier on gas than the 5.4L gas engine because it does not have to work as hard. Bottom line is that it is wonderful for long trips (the rear seat will semi recline) and with the third row seat out and the back seat folded down you can get a queen size air mattress in there!!! We pull a 28 foot loaded travel trailer with it and you don't even know it is there. The truck has room for all the kids and luggage with room to spare. Right now where we are gas is cheaper than diesel so personally I'd stick with the gas engine. The gas tank is 166L and I can go 8+ hours on the highway without having to stop for gas. So it would be your choice I'd say the 5.4 if you just want it for cruising and the 6.8 if you plan on towing. If I could find one built during the last couple of production years I'd grab it. Believe it or not I have had people come into my yard and ask if I would sell mine and the Ford dealer where I take mine for servicing says he has people who are looking for one - one of them being the service manager. Good luck with what ever you buy. These trucks are like hens teeth up here in Alberta.
#314 of 519 2003 Diesel quit running
Apr 24, 2008 (12:55 pm)
I was driving down the road and the engine just quit - no warning signs at all. Thankfully was able to pull into a parking lot. I tried to start it two times and it would start and then die. I waited about 5-10 minutes and it started up but ran very rough. Got it home and called the dealership. They had a lengthy wait to get it in so we kept it at home. Had it out on the road again and heard a louch screeching sound and it died again. Has been at the dealership for one week now and they say they don't know what is wrong (up to $2000 in labor troubleshooting thus far). Any ideas?
#315 of 519 Re: 2003 Diesel quit running [pors]
Apr 24, 2008 (2:50 pm)
my 2000 excursion (7.3) started doing this a couple of years ago and it was the cam position sensor. I recently received a letter from Ford that there is a recall on the cam position sensor for the very reason you described. It sounds like your dealer is goofing on you, I called my mechanic when mine first started doing it and he said "cam position sensor, happens to lots of them", he didn't even have to see the rig to know what it was, the failure is that common. Hope this helps.
Oh, one last comment. I read a post from a member that stated he gets 23 mpg on the highway and 18 in town, with his V10 excursion, DUDE you are so full of it. NO ONE has ever gotten that kind of mileage out of the v10, unless you've got 8 kids and they are pushing it 40% of the time.
I own and still drive a 2000 excursion that I bought new, it has almost 200,000 on it and so far I've replaced the alternator, rebuilt the front end and replaced all the brake rotors, cam position sensor and that's it. I get around 16-17 mpg in town and have gotten as high as 24 on long trips with a tail wind. The vehicle is the best I've ever owned and very comfortable to drive long distances. It does however, have the worst electrical system I've ever encountered, bar none. I am planning on getting at least 350,000 miles out of mine, the sole reason for buying the diesel.
To all you excursion owners, enjoy a truly awesome rig. I laugh everytime I see a good friend of mine because he has a 3/4 ton suburban with a 454 and get 7 in town and 10 on the highway, and I still have more pulling power than he does, poor poor chevy owners.
#316 of 519 Re: 2003 Diesel quit running [idgolfjunkie]
Apr 24, 2008 (2:56 pm)
I saw that cam position sensor recall but it looked like it was linked to the 7.3 engine. I have the 6.0.
#317 of 519 Re: Brake Me Up!!! [doug777]
Apr 26, 2008 (8:50 am)
i have an '02 2x4 EX w/6.8 v10. installed rotors and pads from EBC (www.efltd.co.uk/) rotors are GD7082 (slotted and dimpled) and are marked "R" & "L". pads are DP41308R (yellow, ceramic-Kevlar). excellent!!
Apr 26, 2008 (9:02 am)
my '02 6.8v10 has +/- 157k. use 5w20 as recommended. want to use engine flush at next oil change (every 3k-5k). does not burn oil. any drawbacks? recommendations?
#319 of 519 Ford Excursion 2001 Issue
May 02, 2008 (8:59 pm)
Hi, I have a 2001 Ford Excursion and have noticed that lately we have issues when driving the car will accelerate forward at times as well as having problems with the check engine light and the door ajar sensor, the left rear door won't respond to the unlock button on the key ring or in the car and the interior lights come on while I'm driving. The interior lights and running board lights stay on well after we have unloaded everything in the car. I have taken it to mechanic after mechanic and the dealership and they have said there is nothing mechanically wrong with it but that I am better off getting rid off it due to electrical/computer chip issues. I love the Excursion, we are a family of eight and would like to either get it fixed or trade foe a newer version. I find it hard to believe that nothing can be done. I saw a news special last summer that stated that Ford had recalled a chip in the truck that was causing the engine to lock, as well as some other malfunctions, but whn I asked the dealer in my area was told that they had not heard about that. Anyone have any suggestions or experiencing the same things?
#321 of 519 brake chatter
May 03, 2008 (5:35 am)
2000 4wd, 140k miles....I get intermittent severe front brake chatter even after replacement of rotors & pads....Almost like ABS application...it's been doing this for 100,000 miles...seems to be worse after long stretches of driving.....feels like something loose at its worst....nothing obvious....no chatter marks on rotors or pads....Any ideas?