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Old 02-20-2010, 07:29 PM   #15
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We have a 2001 7.1 diesel, bought it with 248K miles for part time towing. I can't offer any technical advise, but we love it. Love the interior room and comfort. In the 2.5 years we have owned it we have had the transmission rebuilt, new ball joints, brakes, a glow plug modual and squirrel eviction.
The latest repair was the most painful...the little buggers built a huge condo (there is alot of room in that engine area) and ate through all sorts of wires just a couple weeks after the glow plug work was done!


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Old 02-21-2010, 07:25 AM   #16
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my 2005 ex diesel came from the factory with the rear sway bar.towing mods amounted to a set of rear timbrens(160) and a set of bilstein shocks(4 for 225).at 70 miles an hour with trailer in tow you think your in a limo.truck doesnt break a sweat towing the 31,and i dont drive like an old lady.diesels are made to be worked.the shocks keep the tires firmly on the ground,and after 70k on the truck i have the original bf goodrichs still going strong.plan to change out when the tires are 6 yrs old,although the tread will still be ok.(manufacture date 1/05).

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Old 02-21-2010, 08:39 AM   #17
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The diesel Excursion is a great tow vehicle. We love the 6.0L with the Torqshift tranny--a great combo. Our suspension is stock and with Bilstein shocks, and does fine towing a 70s 31' Sovereign (I did beef up the rear sway bar to improve stability around turns). We've had to replace the ICP and our alternator twice (once was my fault), but we've been more than happy with the X.

My only complaint with this Ford, which is not 6.0L specific, is that the A/C has gone out twice due to a faulty design (that has since been corrected) and the front bumper which had peeling paint.

The Excursion gives you so many options. When we have lots of passengers we use all three rows of seats (it can seat up to 8). But when we go camping, we take out the third row seat and store LOTS of stuff in the back including a 22 gallon blue tote, two Honda EU2000 generators, and our inflatable boat.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:56 PM   #18
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We've also had the AC go out on us twice; both times on trips in the hottest part of summer to the southeast U.S. Definitely a faulty design. Otherwise I love the Beast: she's my transportation to and from work in the winter. Unfortunately, she's SO reliable, I never get to call in sick for snowstorms!

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Old 02-21-2010, 06:36 PM   #19
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We have owned two diesel X's, and if they still made them we'd probably own a third (we now drive a diesel F250). The X is in my opinion one of the best vehicles ever designed, and to me the 4x4 diesel X is a perfect TV. We had both a 7.3 (2001) and a (2004) 6 liter version. The 7.3 is clearly the engine for reliability, although we loved the quieter 6L 2004 with all the creature comforts (captains chairs for the kids for example).
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:44 AM   #20
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I have had a 2000 XLT Excursion 4x4 with 7.3 powerstroke since new. It has 178,000 miles. Here are the repairs made over the years.
Brakes, shudder problems, finally solved with aftermarket slotted rotars and matching discs.
cam sensors (2), there was a recall and Ford appears to have fixed the problem
Ball joints two sets so far.
Shocks, two sets.
Front end hubs.
Vacuum pump. (four wheel drive and heater controls).
serpentine belts (2).
Belt tensioner.
water pump.
power steering pump and hoses.
coolant hoses top and bottom.
anti sway bars front end.
power door lock acctuators (4 doors).
driver's power window motor is getting tired and will need to be replaced.
Cost for repairs over the years an estimated $12,000 not including tires, oil, filter and fluid changes.
A Ford remanufactured transmission is about $3,500. If the mileage is up around 200k, I would budget for one. Mine is still going strong. I have changed the fluid 3 times and never towed over 7,000 pounds but it could go at any time. Most AT's fail at about 100.000 miles.
I have no complaints with my 4 speed. The engine has so much torque that a five speed isn't needed even while towing. I do push the button to shift out of overdive when the rpm starts dropping going up big hills otherwise there is an unpleasant clunk when shifting down.
Most people don't maintain there vehicles adequately and various components wear out. Unless you find a vehicle with a known meticulous service and repair record, I would have big budget for bringing the vehicle up to standard and a very good mechanic as well as the patience for taking the vehicle to the shop multiple times.
Compare the cost of repairs with the almost 50k necessary to purchase a new Suburban and the big depreciation in the first years of ownership.
The interior and exterior of my vehicle look almost new and it is in top mechanical condition. I estimate it is near the middle of its service life.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:15 AM   #21
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Excursion diesel Or V10 ????

[QUOTE=big_john;811578]Looks like we are going to buy the "third car" for "recreational" purposes and the FORD EXCURSION DIESEL 4X4 is the winner.

If you need to know about the excursion or Ex as we call it, come to this site which is all Excursion owners
(Excursion - King of SUVs - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums)

You can find them with less milage than mid 150 to 250 but you will have to do some searching. The 7.3 is the stronger of the diesel engines and anyone who knows diesel engines will tell that the 7.3 was and is still called the bullet proof engine. Mods to it just made it even a better engine and many will tell you that die hard GM & Dodge owners was glad to see Ford discontinue this engine because of its durability. The 6.0 when it first came out in 2004 did have its problems but was worked out by the 2005 year. You do have to be real careful because many of the excursions when ordered was produced as a dailey driver and not set up for towing purposes and therefore came with the reg tow package.
I have a 2005 Eddie Bauer Edition 4X4 6.0 with the HD tow package, 5spd auto, only change to mine prior to purchase is the computer programs, the previous owner saved me the expence of taking it and having the manufacturers program removed and a special program written to maximise performance, towing, daily driving. It was taken to the max limit for no engine mods, I very rarely even use the tow haul feature because of the computer mod, those times I do use it is only for the engine brake it has and only comes on when the tow haul button is engaged.
I can pull my 31 without any sway hitch and the Ex does not even know it is there, now with my 34 which weighs 2500lbs more and has a much heavier tongue weight i am adding the Ride Rite Load air bags by Firestone because I do not want to change the leif springs or ad overloads and loose my good ride I have when using as a daily driver.
Let me tell you that once you get or drive one you will very rairly want to drive anything else. Oh one other thing that you should be aware of is some Excursions have a wondering problem as you will see on the above site, mine has a slight wonder but nothing I am not use to from driving older pickups. It can be corrected through some mods such as steering gear box change, suspension mods, etc.
If you are going to get one I would look for a 2005 which is the last year made, 4X4, tow haul feature, eddie bauer edition (which is the top of the line), make sure it is set up for towing.


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