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Old 06-27-2011, 10:49 PM   #1
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Looking at a 2000 Excursion with the 7.3 diesel. Only has 74000 miles. Want 12,900 for it. Need new TV. Pickup doesn't work...to many kids. Just wondering what you think about the V10 as well.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:47 AM   #2
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If you can find a clean Excursion with the 7.3 diesel, GRAB IT. Those things are like gold as far as tow vehicles are concerned. That's why they bring the money they do. Just look around - there's nothing comparable on the market today.

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I have a 2000 Excursion with 7.3 diesel, bought new. Good tow vehicle. The one thing I did that made it a great tow vehicle, I went by a 4x4 shop and told them I needed a set of F350 rear springs. They take them off trucks all the time to do lifts. They had a set laying there that they had just changed out and they installed on my X for less than $100.

We currently tow a 35' Avion trailer. X does not know it is back there. Mine has 135,000+ miles on it. We will be towing to VA for the national rally in Sept. V-10 are gas hogs. We have friends that have to stop for gas a lot sooner than we do for diesel.

Ford has 2 recalls on the 2000 that I am aware of: 1-change the CPS (cam position sensor) and 2-install a fuseable link in the cruise control circuit. Both free and only take a few minutes to do. If new to diesels, you need to go to www.thedieselstop.com and do some reading. You will find several topics for the 7.3 engine and on down their is one for the Excursion.

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Old 06-28-2011, 11:12 AM   #4
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Just restating what has been said here already. The Excursion 7.3L is probably the ultimate Family Tow Vehicle in my opinion. I have a 99 4x4 extra cab SD with the 7.3l, its a 6 speed manual and has 185k on it now, the only vehicle in this world I would trade it for would be an Ex of the same year model, engine. My boss has a 2001 Ex 4x4 with 7.3L automatic, it has over 300k miles on it with no rebuild. They are ROCK SOLID but are expensive to drive and maintain, everything is bigger and more costly than 1/2ton units, it holds 4 gallons of oil for instance so a decent oil change is over $100 every time.
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Ended up buying a 2003 with the 7.3. Limited with every option and new Mickey thompsons on it. Got a package deal because my wives car was destroyed as well. Got the X and a 2004 Expedition for 30000. Expedition is loaded and for local trips to the lake I figured the wife could use to pull the boat and I don't have to take two trips.
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Nice! Congratulations. My wife and I have pretty much the same set up. I drive the Super Duty and she has an expedition.
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We owned a few 7.3's and they are great. Never owned the V-10 but have always heard they are serious gas hogs. My 05 Ex is great. I always have the thrill when I'm towing of "Will my head bolts make this trip or not?" HA! Extended warranties are a must with a 6.0L PSD.

I put the Roadmaster Active Suspension system on the rear of my truck and it's been great. I haven't done the springs or sway bars yet as I haven't felt the need yet.

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Towed with Excursion for the first time this weekend. Daddy like! Didn't even know camper was back there. Pulled like a dream uphill. Off to watch the booms. Everybody have a great night.
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Glad to hear the good report. Enjoy! Now if diesel would come down in price we would be set for sure!
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They are ROCK SOLID but are expensive to drive and maintain, everything is bigger and more costly than 1/2ton units, it holds 4 gallons of oil for instance so a decent oil change is over $100 every time.
congrats on your new TV! and just so you are aware, it calls for 3.5 gallons (15 quarts). you can buy rotella T at checker auto (o rileys) for 9.99 a gallon. motocraft filter 12.99.
oil changes on the 7.3 are as easy as it gets. enjoy!
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congrats on your new TV! and just so you are aware, it calls for 3.5 gallons (15 quarts). you can buy rotella T at checker auto (o rileys) for 9.99 a gallon. motocraft filter 12.99.
oil changes on the 7.3 are as easy as it gets. enjoy!
Yeah, I should have specified that. I always buy 4 gallons and use Rotella T synthetic.
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