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Pros: The size--it is a beast!
Cons: No TV stations on entertainment system
Advice: Buy it--get the DieselI love my Excursion! Bought the 2003 with the 6.0 turbodiesel. I get 23-25 mpg highway and around 18 mpg city. A truly awesome SUV. My wife is about 5'4' and she loves it as well. She is able to see the traffic nuts around her and make adjustments before the nutty DC drivers get too close. A perfect vehicle for a growing family.
Pros: Third row seat.
Cons: The plast molding on the outside. I think its a defect on all Exp 2003. Color fading.
Advice: To have dealer guarantee the outside molding. Should not be fading after 2 years.Test drive was great. I am a big guy with a wife and two teenagers. The room and comfort is ideal for my family. I purchase the car used and like the appearance at first. I have been looking at other 2003 Expeditions and the side molding is fading on all of them. Anyone who is reading this please contact Ford to inform them of the defect. I contacted them already.
Cons: Same interior, the manual transmission stick, Radio sound system.
Advice: Buy it if you can. It will change your life.I went to the dealer to test drive it on my lunch break. Had my wife meet me after work so she could drive it. Bought it. Killed my first 'ricer' car on the way home. I guess he thought it was just a V6 Mustang untill he heard the wine of the super charger kick in! It is a beast from the factory, however for under $2,500 I will have about 575 horses with some simple bolt on's. The best bang for your buck period. Look out Corvettes.
Pros: The one hand latching device that secures the soft top to the windshield pillar.
Cons: The hard top requires two people to remove.
Advice: Stay away from the lighter colored interiors. I've seen several come in for service with only a few months usage and the seats are already soiled in the crevaces. I have a black interior and it shows no stains whatsoever.We absolutely love this automobile! I work as a financial services specialist in a Ford dealership and fell in love with the car the moment I saw it in silver (vain isn't it?). The ride comfort is great for a car of this size. I'm 6'2' and have no problem staying in the driver's seat for several hours. My wife has permanent back difficulties and she loves the comfort of the seats as well (the heated seat feature is a welcome addition that all cars should have). The performance at highway speeds is as though this car were powered by a much stronger engine. Cornering and handling are easy due to the tight suspension and excellent damping system of the shocks. The Audiophile CD changer has excellent sound due to the small quarters of the cockpit. My overall driving experience after having owned this car for over a year would be excellent.
Cons: wheel-hop ; rear end differential popping noise
Advice: get the new Shelby or the new VetteI have had my 04 coupe for a year. I love the power, but I cant stand the popping noise in the rear end differential... which cant be fixed by the dealer. The other main problem is wheel-hop... which was helped by switching from the stock Goodyear tires to the BFG TA/KD. These Bfg's perform much better than the stock tires, but I still get a little wheel hop. I think I will be buying the new Corvette which does not seem to have these major issues. A fun car but for $500 a month there are better choices....
Pros: leg and head room
Cons: 13 mpg around town
Advice: do not get the moonroof!Other than the low mpg I didn't really have too many complaints about this veh. I too had the rearview mirrors problem where they didn't hold the presets and wouldn't correct after reversing. I have a new problem...several water leaks (from rain) in the drivers area. The water is leaking from the sun visor area & the emergency break release handle...probably something with the moonroof. I rarely use the moonroof as I find it to be very loud when opened.
Pros: Ride and handling
Cons: Power steering noise
Advice: get the 3.9 liter v6 if v6 iswhat you want.The only problems I have is noisey exaust at a cold start,and the noisey power steering pump. The car is fairly comfortable on long trips for two people but not for family of more than two. On the trip it average 25 m.p.g. 20 in city. I like the way it drives and handles.