Fun Facts About the Ford Excursion
- The Ford Excursion may be the biggest SUVs made, but it's not the biggest passenger vehicle. That honor goes to the Ford Crew Cab Long Bed Pickup, which is about two feet longer. The 227-inch Excursion is even smaller in length than the 1970 Imperial and the 1958 Lincoln by only a couple of inches.
- Inside the Ford Excursion, up to eight people can fit in comfortably like they're in a limousine. Plus, with its bench front seat, the whole vehicle can fit up to nine people and will still have almost 50 cubic feet of luggage space behind the third-row seats.
- How huge is the Ford Excursion compared to its competition? It's big enough to dwarf the two top-selling SUVs of its time. With its height of almost 81 inches and width of 80 inches, it can easily beat the GM Yukon XL and the Chevrolet Suburban. Plus, the Ford Excursion 4x4 V-10 version weighs at a huge 7,190 pounds.
- The Ford Excursion's design is based on the super-duty Ford pickup, with a body that rides on the regular cab's chassis and the frame's 137-inch wheelbase. Its body is actually almost identical in length to the Ford Super Duty Super Cab short bed. Instead of having a six-and-a-half foot pickup bed, however, the cab extends all the way to the rear bumper.
- The Ford Excursion was designed to be classified as a heavy-duty vehicle for commercial or rural use and has a gross vehicle rating of over 8,500 lb. Because of this, the SUV was exempted from the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. It was also exempted from quoting the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy estimates.
- Even though it's exempted from revealing its fuel economy, auto experts who gave the Ford Excursion a test drive estimated that the SUV averaged 8/12/10 mpg for city/highway/combined. With a huge fuel tank of 44 gallons, its mileage exceeds expectations.
- The Ford Excursion has been seen in various movies and TV series. In the 2004 movie, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, for example, Scooby and the gang drove an Excursion Mystery Machine Limousine.
Ford Excursion Common Problems
Ford's largest SUV from 2000 to 2005, the Ford Excursion is a full-sized vehicle designed for buyers who have super-sized interior cargo and towing needs. However, because of its humongous size, it was also labeled as one of TIME Magazine's 50 Worst Cars of all Time. For the consumers, not only is it a challenge for them to drive and park the vehicle, but it was also inconvenient for them to find several faulty components.
One of the bad Ford Excursion parts that owners complained about is the vehicle's set of lower ball joints. It has been reported that this component wears easily, causing a lot of steering problems. These issues include stiff steering, poor steering wheel return, and possible wandering. Owners who encounter this problem are advised to replace it immediately with a set that has grease fitting. Regular lubrication of the replacement part is also recommended.
Repeated heater core failures are common in the Ford Excursion as well. Owners reported related problems including the heater and A/C not working at the front or at the rear. Fixing this issue requires installing redundant electrical system ground connections as well as a restrictor in the heater inlet hose.
Ford Excursion owners also complained that sometimes it was hard to turn the ignition. When it does, sometimes it does not spring back from the start position. Some owners reported that when they turn the ignition, all the dashboard lights come on but the engine doesn't start. While this is an intermittent problem, it could cause a huge inconvenience to those who are in a hurry to leave.
Another problem component, the Ford Excursion spark plug hole threads in the cylinder heads get easily damaged or stripped out when the plugs are removed. This issue is said to be caused by carbon building up on them.
Owners also complained about the spark plugs suddenly blowing out even when the vehicle or the component is still new. While no bulletin has been issued about this yet, prospective buyers of the Ford Excursion should take note of this when shopping around for a new or used truck.
The running board I have in my Ford Excursion needs a new replacement, and I'm thinking about getting a retractable running board to improve the look of my vehicle. Anything I need to remember to keep this board working well?
Most people get a retractable running board because of the clean look that it provides the vehicle when the board is retracted. Additionally, it's an interesting feature that passengers love. If there's one thing you need to remember about retractable running boards, it's the fact that they are powered and operated by a third mechanism, which can keep the board stuck in case it malfunctions. Some drivers encounter problems in snowy weather, but that usually depends on the quality of the motor that you get. Just be sure that proper maintenance will be followed so the running board will work efficiently at all times and in all weather conditions.
I had to bring my vehicle to a mechanic because of a blown head gasket. I had to shell out quite a lot for the repair, and it sure is something I wouldn't want to deal with in the future. How can I avoid head gasket problems?
The most common reason a head gasket blows is engine overheating. The gasket can only take so much heat. If the coolant level in your vehicle is low and the engine is overheating, the gasket will most probably blow and get damaged. It's important for you to determine whether this is the cause of the problem. If it is, be sure you fix this first because it will most likely cause another blown head gasket in the future. Another possible cause of failure is improper installation of the gasket. It should be laid flat against the cylinder surface and properly tightened with the correct torque. Lastly, be sure you get a high-quality head gasket replacement. A poorly designed gasket won't be able to withstand excessive stress and can break down easily.
My brakes broke down, and I found out from the mechanic that my rotors are badly warped. What causes warping in rotors, and what can I do to prevent this?
Rotor warping generally refers to the distortion of the rotor's surface, which reduces braking power because the pad does not get in proper contact with the entire surface of the rotor. Distortion can be caused by several things. One could be because part of the rotor melted due to too much heat when braking. Another thing that can cause this is sudden contact with cold water, which can happen when you run through puddles or drive in rainy weather. There are times when it's the brake pads which caused the warping because some of the friction materials are unevenly transferred into the rotors due to heat, creating a distorted rotor surface that can then lead to braking inefficiency. What you can do is to get rotors and pads that can withstand higher temperatures, to prevent running on puddles, and to have your brakes checked every now and then to detect problems earlier on.
Ford Excursion: An SUV of Massive Proportions
For an automaker with a tradition of muscle and power, it seems very fitting that the ‘biggest sport-utility on the planet’ was manufactured by none other than Ford. The full-size sport utility vehicle dubbed as the Ford Excursion is bigger, wider, longer, and stronger than its major competitors from Chevrolet (the Suburban) and GMC (the Yukon XL). Although its presence was short-lived, the raw power of the Excursion continues to capture the interest of those with oversized transportation needs.
2000: Ford’s giant powerhouse
Bringing the incredible power of a heavy-duty pickup truck to the sleek, comfortable body of an SUV resulted to the introduction of Ford’s biggest SUV in 2000. Boasting of a whopping 11,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity and a spacious interior that can comfortably seat nine passengers, the Ford Excursion was built to cater to the toughest, heaviest towing and hauling needs.
The first Excursions offered three powerful engine choices to support its heavy-duty applications: a 5.4L 255 horsepower V8, a 6.8 310 horsepower V10, and a 7.8L 235 horsepower turbodiesel engine. The Excursion had a few engine changes including a 15 horsepower boost for the 7.8L turbodiesel and its eventual replacement with a 6.0L turbodiesel V8. Apart from the 6.0L turbodiesel-equipped Excursion that had a five-speed automatic transmission, all the other engines were paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The first Excursion was also available in two trim levels: the base XLT trim and the more luxurious Limited trim. However, a new Eddie Bauer trim was offered in 2003 to serve as the mid-range trim between the base and the Limited. In 2004, the XLS was added to serve as the base trim, with the XLT and Eddie Bauer trims being the middle ground between the base and the Limited trim.
Apart from an undisputed towing and cargo capacity, the Excursion also offered various perks such as standard fog lights, mirrors with built-in turn signals, power-adjustable brake and throttle pedals, an in-dash CD changer that can hold up to six CDs, a rear-seat video entertainment system, rear air-conditioning, and many more.
2005: The final Excursion
Although the Ford Excursion was top-of-the-line in terms of carrying capacity, this also means that it is a natural gas-guzzler. Unfortunately, it also came at a time when the spike in fuel prices meant that the market was looking for better fuel economy from its vehicles. This is why for 2005, Ford decided to discontinue the Excursion and shift its focus on its Super Duty line of pickup trucks.