New (to me) '05 Excursion TV
After totalling my supercharged '01 Tahoe, I needed a new TV for the 34' Limited. The wife and I have 4 little ones, so options looked bleak. I've always been a GM truck guy, but GM just doesn't market a descent TV SUV. The SUV is a must for me in my circumstances. Ford is no better. In fact, there is, as far as I can tell, no descent SUV TV in production today for BIG loads.
It came down to a used Suburban with the 8.1 liter or a used Excursion with the Powerstroke Diesel. It took a while, but the more I looked, the more that Ford looked like the obvious choice. No way was I going to supercharge another GM gasser, and I don't think I would have enjowed pulling that 34 footer with a 6.0 liter or, God forbid, the 5.3 (the supercharged 5.3 on the other hand was quite a strong TV, though I could literally watch the gas gauge fall to Earth). No more premium unleaded for me.
Imagine my surprise when I pulled out of the gas station for my first fill up of Diesel ($2.65/gallon) and the trip computer read "760 miles to empty." WOW. I can't wait to drive this monster around.
Anyway, hopefully Ford and/or GM will pull their heads out of you know where and put a diesel in the Suburban or the new long Expedition, otherwise, I guess I'll be driving this monster a loooong time. (Lord willing).
"it's not whether you win or lose"