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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.

Ball joints

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.

Heater core

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.

Ignition switch

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.

Spark plug

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.

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