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Old 11-05-2007, 07:21 PM   #99
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I looked at the expedition el before leasing a 08 4x4f150 lariat with the 5.4 373 gears and tow package. My sense is they are close and this has been just a great tow vehicle. Mine is rated at approx 9500 and the 08 safari fully loaded is about 6300. I have been from michigan to calif and on my way back. Never have I felt we were in trouble even through the sant ana winds and fires. I wanted a 4 door truck to throw hoses, and all the dirty stuff I find camping comes along with. Really would investigate if the el can be set up like a 150 and you might have a winner.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:33 PM   #100
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I looked at the expedition el before leasing a 08 4x4f150 lariat with the 5.4 373 gears and tow package. My sense is they are close and this has been just a great tow vehicle. Mine is rated at approx 9500 and the 08 safari fully loaded is about 6300. I have been from michigan to calif and on my way back. Never have I felt we were in trouble even through the sant ana winds and fires. I wanted a 4 door truck to throw hoses, and all the dirty stuff I find camping comes along with. Really would investigate if the el can be set up like a 150 and you might have a winner.
Well, I already bought the Suburban instead of the EL.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:58 PM   #101
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I have a question. What rear end did you get, uh, on your Suburban?
We are also looking at going from a 98 2500 with 7.4l engine and are concerned about not having enough power on the 5.3. I read however, that if I get the 4:10 rear end, it would be able to tow 8100lbs
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:12 PM   #102
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I have a question. What rear end did you get, uh, on your Suburban?
We are also looking at going from a 98 2500 with 7.4l engine and are concerned about not having enough power on the 5.3. I read however, that if I get the 4:10 rear end, it would be able to tow 8100lbs
My Suburban has a 3:73. Mine? Who knows....
It tows splendidly, surprisingly enough. My trailer weighs appr. 5500lbs. I have no power issues. The engine spools up quite a bit on steep hills, but I don't see a problem there. My trans temp stays under 200F most of the time. Happy.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:22 PM   #103
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We have pulled our 2003 25' Classic with three different GMC Diesels, including cross country jaunts, a 2002 Tahoe with the 5.3 and 3,73 gears, a 2005 Tahoe with 4.1 gears, and the present Expedition EL with Fords 3.73 and the 5.4 engine. It also has the 6 speed tranny. My observations: 1) the diesels win hands down for pulling. Cost per mile before the price increase was a wash. The Tahoe, with the 4.1 rear end, maybe did tow slightly better than this Expedition. But solo mileage was worse. We really appreciate the features on this EL model. It was great to haul 8 family members around at Thanksgiving time. But I would like to have gotten a 4.1 rear end, which Ford does offer, but these dumb dealers here in Utah don't get them in.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:38 AM   #104
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When I look at new TV prices, I just about fall over dead. I was getting my 02 Burb, 2500HD, 4x4, 8.1, LT/Autoride, barndoor serviced (a grand to repair and service), I cringed at the new Burb prices. 45 grand for a new one? WOW, 53 grand for a luxury model. Mine with 95 thousand miles on the clock has about another 100 thousand to go before I can even consider replacing it at today's prices.

In the meantime, I love my old Burb!
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