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2000-2005 Ford Excursion: Quick FAQ Review

by Frank
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The Ford Excursion is a big, tough extended-length SUV which Ford Motor Company produced from 2005 to 2005, started for the North American marketplace. The Ford Excursion was the heaviest and longest SUV to get into mass production. The Excursion was founded upon the Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck. A 3/4-ton chassis vehicle, the Ford Excursion was created as a rival for its 2500-series (additionally a 3/4-ton) Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL.

The lowest-selling of Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln SUVs throughout its manufacturing, the Excursion was removed following the 2005 model year (a brief 2006 production series was created for Mexico). For the 2007 model year, Ford made the extended-length Expedition EL/MAX to coincide with the Chevrolet Suburban dimensions.

Because of criticism of its large size, poor fuel economy, and declining sales, the Ford Excursion was discontinued after the 2005 model year in America. For the 2007 model year, the Excursion was mostly replaced as Ford introduced an extended-length version of the Ford Expedition, called the Max for its 2019 model year.

All Ford Excursions were constructed at the Kentucky Truck Plant which is located in Louisville, KY.

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Ford Excursion Frequently Asked Questions

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The Ford Excursion is a pretty cool SUV and I still see diesel models going for good money on Craigslist. Although it’s been nearly 15 years since the last Ford Excursion rolled off the assembly line, the search volume and the number of people interested in this old-school SUV is higher than you’d think. That said, I’ve compiled a list of common FAQ below.

When did they stop making Ford Excursions?

Ford stopped making the Excursion in 2005 in North America and 2006 in Mexico.

Is Ford making excursion again?

It seemed like in 2018 that were trying to work on a relaunch, but it’s since gone quiet. There are currently no plans for a new Ford Excursion. I don’t think the Excursion will make a return. The Ford Expedition Max is the replacement.

What is the gas mileage of a Ford Excursion?

Ford Excursion MPG. Together with the 260-horsepower 4.0L V6 engine, 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive, the 2005 Ford Excursion was averaging 16.5 MPG.

How many does a Ford Excursion seat?

A full-size SUV with seating for around nine, the 2002 Ford Excursion comes standard with a 5.4L V8 engine and is accessible with a 7.3L petrol engine.

Why did they discontinue the Ford Excursion?

Due to criticism of its substantial dimensions, lousy fuel economy, and falling earnings, the Ford Excursion was stopped after the 2005 model year in the USA. The Ford Excursion was replaced by the Ford Expedition.

What was the last year of Ford Excursion?

2005 in the US and 06′ in South America.

What frame is the Ford Excursion built on?

The Ford Excursion is an SUV Which was Made by Ford from 2000 to 2005, and the Excursion was built upon the Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup truck.

Read: 2018 ROUSH Super Duty F-250 Review

Ford Excursion Chassis

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The Ford Excursion was created sharing the stage design of the F-250 Super Duty pickup truck. Sharing almost all of its own chassis parts and measurements with the F-250, the Excursion shares a frequent width, wheelbase, and front/rear track with its F-250 counterpart. Other shared assemblies include front and back suspension, together with the steering equipment. The back axle for all Excursions was a Sterling 10.5 axle. The four-wheel drive models were outfitted with an NV-273 transfer case and Dana 50 front axle.

See also: 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty Configurations Review


Throughout its entire production, the 5.4L Triton V8 was standard, with the 6.8L V10 as an alternative. As a running change during the 2003 model year, the Navistar-sourced Powerstroke diesel V8 was changed in the 7.3L V8 into the 6.0L V8. The 4-speed 4R100 automatic was standard with the Triton engines and the 7.3L diesel; a 5R110W 5-speed automatic was paired with the 6.0L diesel.

Although using the 3/4 ton chassis of this F-250, the Excursion was rated using a GVWR of 8,900 lb (4,000 kg) when equipped with gasoline engines, and 9,200 lb (4,200 kg) with equipped with diesel engines. As its GVWR was over 8,500 pounds, the Excursion was exempt from EPA fuel economy ratings; reviewers mentioned fuel economy in the array of 12-15mpg using the V10 gas engine.

More About the Ford Excursion

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Concerning size, the Ford Excursion is the king of big sport-utilities. Supremely stable at speed, it feels safe and secure on the open highway. Whether you’ve got a good deal of cargo to carry, a lot of family to transport, a big trailer to pull, or all the above, the 2000-2005 Ford Excursion is ready for whatever you throw its way.

The Excursion seats eight or nine passengers, depending on how it’s configured. It can tow up to 11,000 lbs. Options include a strong gasoline-fueled V-10 and a state-of-the-art turbo-diesel V8. While the Excursion is too big for serious off-road riding, its discretionary four-wheel-drive and all-terrain tires allow it to deal with scenic shale roads, snowy highways, and slippery boat ramps, those areas which are accessible by a heavy-duty Ford pickup.

The Excursion is a beast, however, taking up more garage space, parking space, and street space than anything else this side of a dually. It is no minivan. The Excursion is best suited to families who tow boats, horses or other trailers.

Ford Excursion Configurations

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The Ford Excursion comes chiefly in four model levels: XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited. Each is available with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD).


XLS 2WD ($36,585) and XLS 4WD ($39,840) include a moderate amount of standard equipment, such as four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), tilt steering wheel, cruise control, a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, a 60/40 split-folding second-row chair, a folding/removable third-row chair, power/heated mirrors, capability windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo, and an overhead console. XLS is identified by body-color side moldings, black running boards, and 16-inch chromed steel wheels and tires.


XLT 2WD ($37,575) and XLT 4WD ($40,830) add ability adjustable front bucket seats with a floor console, automatic headlamps, and rear-seat sound controls. Recognize an XLT by its platinum-finish body-side cladding and 16-inch aluminum wheels and tires.

Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer 2WD ($40,660) and 4WD ($43,760) add power rear quarter windows, Reverse Sensing System, automatic climate control, trip computer, power-adjustable pedals, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, two-tone leather seating surfaces, and cherry woodgrain interior decoration. Arizona Beige front and rear bumpers, grille, body cladding, and wheel lips offer outside identity, as well as illuminated running boards.


Limited 2WD ($41,985) and 4WD ($45,085) include a premium stereo with an in-dash six-disc CD changer, heated front seats, memory seats and pedals, climate and audio controls on the steering wheel, premium leather seating surfaces and a HomeLink transmitter. Body cladding and wheel lips revert to body color, but with a chrome insert. Bumpers and grille are body-color, also.

Engine Choices

Three engines are available: a 5.4-liter V8, a 6.8-liter V10, and a 6.0-liter turbocharged diesel V8. The 5.4-liter V8 is standard in XLS, XLT, and 2WD versions of the Eddie Bauer and Limited. The V10 is standard in 4WD Eddie Bauer and Limited models, optional ($585) on other models. The petrol ($4,755-$5,345) is available for many versions. All Excursions come with automatic transmission: a four-speed automatic with the gas engines, a five-speed automatic with the diesel.


Lots of the deluxe-model luxuries are available as features on the basic XLS, for instance, adjustable pedals ($120), and six-disc CD changer ($255). The DVD entertainment system ($1500) is available on all models except the XLS; wireless headphones are added to the system for 2004. All Ford Excursions come with a seven-wire trailer harness. An optional 4WD Trailer Tow Group ($275) includes manually telescoping trailer mirrors with heated glass, integrated turn signals and clearance lights; and a rear anti-roll bar. The mirrors are also available by themselves ($220).

Ford Excursion Interior

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The 2000-2005 Ford Excursion comes with a nicely designed interior. The dash is attractive and well designed and all the controls are easy to locate and operate.

The chairs are comfortable. It doesn’t matter whether you are sitting in the front seats, second row or third row, all the seats offer generous legroom, headroom and elbow room. Six adults can ride in comfort with 48 cubic feet of cargo space. For shorter trips, like going to a restaurant, the Excursion can seat eight, or nine if you opt for the XLS.

Remove the third-row seat, and the Excursion can easily carry five and more than 100 cubic feet of gear. Removing the third-row seat is easy: Flip the seatback forward, yank a bar and pull the seat toward the rear of the vehicle. The seat weighs 75 lbs.

Final Thoughts

Ford’s gargantuan sport-utility is a stable platform for towing heavy trailers. At the same time, it can also carry a truckload of fishermen. It rides fairly well for a heavy-duty truck and it’s luxurious and comfortable. For those who wish to tow trailers up to 11,000 pounds, the Ford Excursion is a good alternative to a pickup with a cap. Ford says it’s going to continue to create the Excursion through the 2005 model year.

The Ford Excursion shouldn’t, however, be considered an alternative to a minivan. It’s far too thirsty, and its dimensions, weight and design make for poor maneuverability and handling when compared with minivans and light-duty SUVs.

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