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Old 10-14-2005, 07:07 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by 85MH325
Too funny Eric! I read the Karma comment... Ford guy indeed... that must be why, in the garage next to my Excursion, sits a '92 Mitsu 3kGT VR-4, and a Honda tractor; and behind that in the driveway is a Nissan Altima, and next to that a Tundra and an '87 Toyota pickup!


Well one out of 6 ain't bad....the Honda is a great product.

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Old 10-14-2005, 07:13 PM   #30
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Still think that a 2500 Suburban is the max. We have had ours for over a year now and still look forward to driving or towing. I was worried about the 3.73 rear end, but it does fine with our 27' Overlander (6000# loaded)
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:16 PM   #31
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Jim Golden,

I sympathize with you on Ford. They started to lose their way around 1992. I could tell you my car stories but, won't. Suffice to say, I will never purchase another Ford product.

I didn't buy a GM from 1978 to 2003 because of lousy buick quality; short memory

I could care less what marque is on the vehicle, only how well it works against my own 100,000 mile standard of nothing but,bulbs, brakes, wipers,
tires, & lube.

I would love to be able to buy a truck with a Cummings/Allison combination! Both guys are selling everything they can produce so I guess it is not to be.
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:55 PM   #32
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The one Chevy Astro I owned was a solid van, except for the suspension. Roger
I had two, and my sister had two. I would buy another in a heartbeat, if it still fit my needs. Both of us drove ours hard for many hundreds of thousands of miles. I assume the reference to suspension problems was the idler arm problem. The factory units appear to be good for 50-80,000 miles. Moog replacements took me to 300,000, and may well be good yet. I doubt I will ever find anything that was as cheap to run. I finally sold my last one when I determined it just was not adeqate for a '85 25' Airstream.

My current 2004 K2500 Duramax has needed only fluids and filters these first 33,000 miles. So far, not so much as a burned out bulb. Although a 40+ year Nissan fan (Datsun, in those days), I am at a loss to see how they could provide better service than that.

It is my opinion that there are no really "bad" tow vehicles out there built these last five years or so -although I will defer to the gentleman above with the Ford V10 problems. You want bad? Let's go back to the mid 70's Chevy trucks - possibly the first truck ever to rust while still on the showroom floor. Or how about any Dodge truck w/automatic up to and through the 90's. There are bad combinations of vehicle/trailer, however. A look through the archives will show problems with any brand commonly available when pushed to the limits (or beyond) of their load capacity.

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Old 10-16-2005, 09:21 AM   #33
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A few months ago I bought the other half a Volvo S80. One of the first questions I asked the salesman was, "I know Volvo has had a great reputation for quality and durability in the past, but, I know you were recently bought by Ford. So whats the story now?" He assured me that Ford has had no effect on the Volvo line, and that Volvo still designs and builds all of their cars. So I trusted the guy and dropped the $$$ for the car. Two months of ownership and two blown bulbs later.....but, still a nice car though. The bulbs are even covered through the regular and extended warranty.
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:48 PM   #34
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Plug Torque

Well, in all honesty on the Tritons, I think if you got into the habit of retorquing the plugs every time you change the oil, you'd probably be alright.

I really did like the Excursion. I towed a 26' Terry with it (perish the thought...) that had been double insulated in the walls and was quite heavy compared to my Excella. The Excursion pulled that trailer very well.

I didn't post all the details of my misadventure with them (it would have been twice as long and the post was too long already), but I got strung around pretty badly.

My biggest beef was being sold this extended powertrain warranty that then turned out to not cover a major powertrain failure. I was taking my four year old daughter to Disney World when this all happened. My wife, who was pregnant with my son at the time, was more upset than I'd ever seen her. Who wants to ruin a little kid's trip to meet Mickey Mouse? The Ford dealer in Richmond told me that this should be covered, and that any reputable place would cover it. However, to my dismay, I realized too late that this warranty wasn't affiliated with Ford at all, and I was led to believe that indirectly, if not directly.

We did make it down to FL about two weeks later, but had to take the car and stay in a motel. As well we didn't make it over to Orlando, but only Daytona. What I blew fixing the Excursion pretty much wiped out the possiblities of seeing Mickey and Goofy for that vacation. Still haven't made it to Disney World... maybe this summer. Any recommendations on a good campground in the area? I like the beach; wife and kids want to go to see The Mouse. Maybe two campgrounds; one near Mickey and one near the Atlantic?

Anyway, if anybody out there really wants a vehicle with a Triton, keep an eye on your spark plugs. I never even thought to, as they were supposed to be 100,000 mile plugs. I'd never heard of a plug spitting out of a head like that. Keep 'em torqued and you should be OK. The rest of the vehicle was sure nice.

A plus for me now: the hum of the Cummins puts my kid right to sleep. Makes travel easier
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Old 10-19-2005, 09:20 PM   #35
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I now fully understand why my buddy and manager at a local tire shop/Budget Rental place was saying about Ford engines in some of their trucks spitting out plugs. I thought it was strange but he said that they had a number of their rentals do this. I'm a little over 49,000 miles on my '01 Chevy 2500hd with 8.1/Allison combination and I'm happy with no problems (knock on wood).


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