2003 Ford Excursion User Reviews

2003 Ford Excursion Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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PROS
"power" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"big car" 4 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"trip" 2 reviews
"expensive car" 2 reviews

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2003 Ford Excursion XLT Premium Review
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4

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This is a very comfortable family vehicle that make a road trip an almost painless event for a 5 member family. All the stuff you need fits in or around it and no one is cramped for seating. For the size of the vehicle fuel mileage is not horrific,  and it has more than adequate power to pull a mountain pass fully loaded. Took a trip through the Smoky Mountains, never had any trouble with the mountains, all the way to the top. also, I have had the diesel, personally I prefer the Gas v-10, its cheaper to service and will last just as long with proper maintenance.

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Fuel mileage is not as consistent as the diesel, however, I have gotten 17 mpg out of this one on family trips, you just cant push it out the door, let the engine torque do the work to get it to speed and fuel mileage does not do bad. This is not a run around town vehicle if you are worried about fuel economy, it wasn't built for that, it was built to move people and their stuff, all at one time!!

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Great Heavy Capacity Suv — I like almost everything about the vehicle, lots of positives, like, one of the safest rides on the road, the roof/cab assembly is designed to stay together on full roll over, it weighs around 6,800 lbs, so wind/storms don't affect it as adversely as like the effect of wind on other SUV. Its well built, rides great on the road, plenty of room.. You do need to understand and get used to driving it, its like being in a tank, but has a good turning radius, especially for a large vehicle. I personally prefer the gas over the diesel, easier and cheaper to maintain, with the exception of the transmission fluid flush, I perform all maintenance on the vehicle. Average full maintenance material cost is around 60.00, not including the tranny flush,( I have that done at a local dealership for around $100.00) The major con is the fuel consumption, as long as you don't push it it is not bad in town, around 12-14 mpg, open road- around 16-18 mpg. if you push it, it likes gas, however, it does readily respond, nothing underpowered about it. I did upgrade to severe duty brake pads, and installed the banks air intake and exhaust system. If it does not sell, soon it will be getting the Banks automind installed, which should held performance and mileage even more. By the way, lots of glass, had the windows tinted, the a/c will freeze you out of the vehicle now on a road trip. And I strongly recommend the floor liners, especially around kids- they work well!!

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Travis writes:
2003 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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V10 power, 4wd, Tows the boat perfectly!

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gas mileage.....

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2003 Excursion Eb 4x4 — The perfect SUV - tows the 10,000 lb boat, hauls the family safely and aggravates greenies...what's not to like? The V10 is a fantastic motor - shifts well with the 4R100 transmission. Gas mileage is a bit dismal - but the initial cost of diesel would have taken me 5 years of driving to even out. That's at 15mpg for the diesel and 11 for the V10 and 10k miles per year.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Alex writes:
2003 Ford Excursion Limited 4WD Review
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towing capacity, leather interior

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gas mileage

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Biggest Suv Available — I love this truck. its one of the most powerful ive ever seen. although its strong, tough, and has leather interior, its fuel economy sucks. it only gets 11.2 miles per gallon. it has never given me any engine difficulty with its v10 315 horse power engine. its the best truck ive ever owned

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Bob3657 writes:
2003 Ford Excursion Limited 4WD Review
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5

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This is a big truck with lots of towing capasity unbieleavable realiability and very good ride and handeling. The 7.3 diesel is flawless! I have reprogramed it with the superchips programmer and turned it into a different truck. It have all the power you need and more, the fuel economy has improved to what I consider very good for a Large heavy 8300 pound 4x4 with a 54 gallon fuel tank and big tires 10 passenger capacity with room for luggage cooler and the dogs at 16-22 MPG.

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Its big and that bothers my wife, I like the size everyone sees and avoids you. You dont get cut off or get pushed down the highway. 16 mpg isn't very good with Diesel fuel prices but its MUCH better than my gas powered suburbans and has much more room, less maintenance, towing capacity, trip rangeof 950 miles +, the list goes on.

Bob3657
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This Is A Wonderful All Around Excursion! — I think I've owned then all: Broncos, F150-F350 Dualleys, Expeditions, Gas engines and Diesels, Suburban's, Yukon's, Blazer's, Grand Cherokees-Wagoner's and 6 Excursions. I have kept this truck because it was the last year of the 7.3 Diesel (it was an option when the 6.0 came out) Ive owned it for 6.5 years and haven't had any regrets. Change the oil (all 17.5 quarts w rotella) ad fuel conditioner, keep the tires aired up washer fluid full and you are on your way. The a/c in this truck has been better than any of the other trucks along with the brakes (front pads last a real 60k). Over those years I have changed the injection pump, tires, front ball joints, radiator, several fuel filters, K&N air filter system, Custom rims and tires, 3 rows of seats along with adding a leveling kit and lift as well (re-arched and added lief to the front and rear springs and still rides and drives great). My son was playing competitive soccer so we traveled all over Fl. in safety and comfort. Between games we could watch movies on the entertainment system, take naps and relax. No worries of bad weather, bad drivers, not being able to bring company and equipment, coolers, chairs, tents and much more. My wife dosen't sent like to park it (but she does) she really likes it on the road. Its nice when you can drive to Tampa-rock ledge-Miami and have no worries about fuel. This truck is more than capable off-roading and towing- something I havent done much of. This has been a commuter truck with only 130,000 miles. Engine is good for 300,000 plus. I am sure enough said. Have son going for his masters degree so thinking of getting him a newer car/truck as a gift.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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rocketman94 writes:
2003 Ford Excursion Limited 4WD Review
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5

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Its very big!

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Its very big!

rocketman94
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Its Very Big! — I dont use this truck very much do to the cost of fuel. It has a V10 gas burner engine and is four wheel drive. Its great for hauling things and for its vast cargo space inside. Beautiful truck with custom wheels.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Medic5_7 writes:
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5

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7.3L diesel engine? This baby can pull a fully loaded semi (YouTube it!!)
Amazing highway MPG - topped off and drove from South Jersey to Brooklyn and gas gauge still was still reading full.
Wireless backup cam makes it possible to park in spots you never imagined!
Engine quiets when going at higher speeds

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Gas mileage in the city sucks, loud on quiet residential streets late at night.
Everyone knows a diesel can get expensive to maintain / repair.
Parking was almost impossible until I added on a wireless backup camera

Medic5_7
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I Like It, But Do Not Have An Entire Family And Will Hopefully Switch To A Pickup. — Well, overall the Excursion is a workhorse, used by many law enforcement, fire departments and Emergency Medical Service companies all over the US and Canada. I particularly enjoy the pickup, speed and towing capacity of this vehicle, however it has its cons as I have mentioned

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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jasdanmoo writes:
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Plenty of size and power and safety!

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They don't make them like this right now...

jasdanmoo
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Great Large Suv For Everything... — My only gripe is that Ford stopped making them. It is a great vehicle, and the words it won't fit doesn't happen often. Toodles around town fine and safe because nobody wants to mess with it. A great car for a growing family.

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Heath writes:
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18 mpg on the motorway, go anywhere do anything power

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interior build quality

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7.3l Diesel Is To Die For!!! — Loved it put almost 200K miles on it without any problems. Only complaint was interior parts fell off, before the truck itself ever had any problems

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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Ford Excursion Reviews

Great Family Car!! By Shawna

Loved this car while we needed it. Super reliable!! So glad I had this when my babies were growing up. Best car ever!! Love that we feel super safe in it. L.ove the diesel sound and power. You won... Read More

Basic By Hulk28

I have been wanting the Excursion for about 2 years. Finally wife says yes. As of now we love it. Power everything, heated seats lots of room. DvD player for kids. even have the heated tow mirrors, an... Read More

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2004 Ford Excursion Reviews

The Beast! By shawndean72

I liked the look of this truck and how well it was taken care of before I bought it. I continued taking great care of it. We had plenty of room in it for all the kids and a few friends and it could pu... Read More

I Love This Truck! By funfit

This truck is awesome for driving the family, haulin stuff or just enjoying riding around. It's sturdy, safe and always gets the looks. Has not been used to tow anything. Mostly carried my kid's gym e... Read More

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2002 Ford Excursion Reviews

Powerful! By Ricktheplumber

The best thing I like about this SUV is the power and surprisingly decent mileage (about 15-16 mpg). Second is the looks people give when they see it in person,not to mention the positive comments on... Read More

Great Large Family Car By mkrause

Other than expensive fluid changes and tires and low gas mileage this car has been solid and served our family well. I would recommend this car to a friend especially if towing a trailer. This is a ... Read More

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2001 Ford Excursion Reviews

Family Car By Da3rd

Great car from extreme use to day to day use. Does good in tough weather and is very safe on the road. Good off roaring, great for taking big cargo around or a lot of people. Can tow or carry a bike r... Read More

Love It. By pyancey

The reason I purchased this Expedition was for family trips and daily driving. Researching the 7.3L Powerstoke engine, it was, and still is, the hardest working longest lasting engine Ford produced. ... Read More

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2000 Ford Excursion Reviews

Beast By sgtwill1068

Wish I could afford to buy a newer vehicle. Besides being big enough to hold my family, it drains our family's funds but we have to have it to get around without taking two other smaller vehicles. The... Read More

Great Vehicle For A Growing Or Active Family By ascott

You can personalize your excursion with all kinds of after maket things. She pulls and is tough as you can get in a suv. Her engine is almost bullet proof with all the wear these older cars get. For b... Read More

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