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Old 05-24-2007, 08:45 PM   #1
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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).



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Old 05-27-2007, 08:11 AM   #2
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We too wanted to replace our 1996 Burb 454 with a new SUV but couldn't find ANYTHING new that would work (well). I toyed with some older 8.1 burbs with the Allison but good luck finding one. We did find a close second in the new Ford F250 with the new clean diesel. The crew cab is a very nice size and we got the metal retractabel bed cover to increase our "trunk" space. We are taking a 3 week trip with the new rig and I am quite eager to see how this works out.

I have heard that GM will install their new diesel in the SUV's later this year but we couldn't hold our breath any longer.

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Old 05-27-2007, 12:47 PM   #3
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I have also been waiting for the Duramax in the Suburban. I'm hoping that the droping of the 8.1 in '07 is a good sign that the Dmax is coming soon.
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