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post #1 of 8 Old November 11th, 2013, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Expeditions?

So, ever since I got rid of my Bronco, I've had a hole in my fleet for a decent dog carrier/back-up family carrier. Wife's getting a little tired of the minivan, and let on that she's a little cranky to have to have to be the one with the car that can carry the whole family.

I've been thinking about picking up an '05+ Expedition; that would give me the 3v 5.4L, they're rated the same for mileage as an Explorer but have more room and power, and they seem to be listed for fairly cheap relative to other similar vehicles.

Are there any gotchas with these trucks? Is it worth it holding out for an '07+ with the 6-speed?

I have no need of off-road capability, and this would make occasional long freeway drives. I'm 100% okay with it having IRS (provided it's not garbage). I just want something big, comfy, cheap, that can cruise at 80mph on the freeway without really straining.

I also considered a diesel Excursion, but they seem to be twice the price and being that I don't need to tow or haul anything beyond people and dogs, I'd feel like a poser-douche to have a Powerstroke. Also, I don't need *that* much room.

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pricepoint to operate both after a few years will even out. the gas expy will drink...


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pricepoint to operate both after a few years will even out. the gas expy will drink...
I don't drive enough nor keep my cars long enough to make up for the cost difference; I'd be shocked to put 5k miles/year on whatever I pick up.

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In that case you'd be fine with an expy. If you're doing mostly town driving definitely expy. I know you said you want to be able to be comfortable at 80 either expy or excursion will be fine. But short trips are hard on diesels.


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I personally drive an 05 Expedition Eddie Bauer edition now. I bought it a the 1st of August with 160,375 miles for $6k. Im currently at 165,989 miles and it runs like a top.

It is 4wd, comfy and fully loaded. It gets 14-15mpg city and travelling 200 miles at 80mph(~2200 rpm, with downshifting going up hills in passing zones on the missouri hills) for 95% of the time i got 17mpg. It hauls me and my girlfriend and son around nice. Also pulls a trailer with a 6k pound vehicle on it without problems.

The 5.4 3v engine is good. Except the damn cam phasers tick at idle.

Mine doesnt burn a bit of oil and if you drove it you wouldnt think it had the mileage it does.

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Its a great family vehicle.
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we have had 3 expos.. best car my family has ever owned… our 99 eddie bauer was our favorite. heavy quick and solid. absolutely nothing beats it in the snow.. now we have a 2010. only thing i can say is that the 2010 and up have air ride in the front and it throws censors all the time but nothing is wrong and the compressor is a little undersized and really loud. also automatic stepsides really hurt your shins if you forgot they are there lol. the dvd player is awesome and every seat is heated and cooled… thats a nice touch too lol. i love em. i want my 99 back

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Expeditions are nice, just watch for the typical galvanic corrosion on the liftgate near the chrome trim. Other than that, there really aren't too many issues with them. The 6 speed is a nice upgrade over the four speed too. They're solid trucks, that's for sure.
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