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Old 03-15-2014, 01:43 PM   #43
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The new Nissan full size vans definitely suffer from the "ugly duckling syndrome", especially the high top model. They are beginning to grow on me, though, starting to look somewhat cool. These things have enough of a hood up front that you don't have the engine for an armrest. In the one ton version, they have an 8.700# towing capacity. These things could become a righteous tow vehicle.


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Old 03-15-2014, 01:49 PM   #44
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I think calling that thing a 1 ton is a big optimistic. The payload capacity and towing capacity does not back that up.


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Old 03-15-2014, 01:57 PM   #45
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Ford caved to the environmentalists and discontinued the Excursion. The environs attacked Ford because of the poor mpg of the Exc, jim
Third link on googling " why did ford kill the excursion?"

Ford Excursion Near the End, Sources Say -

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But instead of the hoped-for results, industry analysts said Ford most likely lost money on the Excursion. It needed to sell about 40,000 a year to break even. In the first half of this year, Ford sold 15,107 Excursions, down 16 percent from the pace in 2001, meaning it is likely to sell only about 30,000 this year.
Mr. Pope said, "William Clay Ford will go down as the man who was smart enough to kill the Excursion before it became an Edsel" referring to the embarrassingly unpopular Ford car of the late 1950's.
In fact, the Excursion's lack of market success is the key reason why Ford is discontinuing the Excursion, not criticism from environmentalists, said Michael Luckey, president of the Luckey Consulting Group in Pompton Plains, N.J.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:07 PM   #46
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The ugly Nissan van thingy has a payload of 2600 pounds. Why is that not fair to call it a "one ton" ??

As for the Excursion, my opinion is that it was simply a rather crude vehicle, which may have contributed to why it did not sell. Neighbor has one, I have driven it quite a few times, and have pulled my small bumper pull horse trailer with it. As I drives like the super duty that it is....which is to say it's rather crude. Effective, but crude. Bring plenty of money for gas too, even in day to day use.

And no, I am not trying to slam Super Duty F series. We have a F350 dually, and I love driving it....but if you get out of a SD and into my Frontier, or a Tundra, you will think you are getting into a sports car by way of comparison.
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I like my Excursion. It is a good solid vehicle and I plan on using it for at least the next 10 yrs. It is reliable.


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