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damnedin82
• la, CA, USA
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Posted:12/15/2007 02:44
Hello,
Can anybody out there give me an idea what kind of mpg they're getting in city driving (non-towing) with the V10. I'm looking for a 2000-2003 Excursion, and am trying to decide on the V10, or 7.3L diesel. Most of my driving will be short run city errands.

Thanks,
nhoj
• Hanover, PA, USA
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Posted:12/15/2007 05:53
I would go with the deisel. The V10 X I drive gets about 11 city and 14 hwy.

01' Excursion V10 4X4
Mike Margolis
• Hartford, CT, USA
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Posted:12/15/2007 07:32
As a reference, even though you didn't ask, my V-8 Excursion gets about 10 around town but 16+ on the highway, even with air conditioning on.

2003 Excursion 5.4L
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Posted:12/15/2007 08:30
V10 4WD ... 11 to 12 around town ... 15 to 16 highway.

The diesels do get better MPG, but at a cost (higher purchase and maintenance costs). My calculations said I would have to put between 175K and 192K miles on a diesel BEFORE I started seeing any savings from increased MPG. However, the diesels benefit from higher resale and they pull like the dickens. It's a personal decision each of us make whether to go diesel or gas. Either way, you're getting an Excursion.
edited 12/15/2007 08:35
monsta
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Posted:12/18/2007 13:42
The PSD may not particularly "like" short city runs". It takes a while for a PSD to reach operating temps and its 15 quarts of oil even longer. Short runs can leads to more frequent oil & filter changes thereby decreasing even more the MPG advantages it may have.

A gas engine is your best bet for that type of driving. If you're getting an Excursion how can you possibly be concerned with MPG?!? No matter what your engine gets, it could be considered horrible MPG compared to other vehicles.

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HBJJAM
• Minneapolis, MN, USA
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Posted:12/25/2007 20:21
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The PSD may not particularly "like" short city runs". It takes a while for a PSD to reach operating temps and its 15 quarts of oil even longer. Short runs can leads to more frequent oil & filter changes thereby decreasing even more the MPG advantages it may have.

A gas engine is your best bet for that type of driving. If you're getting an Excursion how can you possibly be concerned with MPG?!? No matter what you engine et it could be considered horrible MPG compared to other vehicles.


Totally agree here!
Gas for runs under 10 mile trips!

Also depends on 2 or 4 wheel

i have a 2000 4whl that gets consitant 10-11 in town and at best 13 highway.
6-7 towing a 8300lb boat.

However I will say last Sunday i was able to get 14.8 on a 250 mile trip. However I must admit due to the snow storm I was not able to get over 50 mph
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Posted:12/29/2007 17:40
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i have a 2000 4whl that gets consitant 10-11 in town and at best 13 highway.
6-7 towing a 8300lb boat.


Towing? FWIW, I've gotten 11.3MPG towing a 5,600# open car trailer over a combination of interstate & 2-lane highways over the Appalachians (from southeast VA to central PA & back). Oh, and the only time I turned the OD off was when the transmission started "hunting" in the hills. When on the interstate, the OD is always on.
MarkMoore
• Stanley, NC, USA
• Registered on 2/20/2007
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Posted:1/1/2008 13:37
Yeah - I vote for the v10 also and just because I own one.

I've done the math time and time again, and unless you are running a lot of towing miles and keep the diesel for 10+ years, you'll never get your return (diesel premium price) back out of it.

Back a few years ago, diesel pump prices were typically less than gas for about 9 mos a year - that trend has changed and now diesel is typically (>50% of the time) higher than gas (although consistantly more stable in price). Thow in to it the higher maintenace and reapir bills (price the cost of a turbo) and well, I think you get the idea.

The v10 is a solid engine with only one major issue (and it can be averted) - 'spitting spark plugs'. If you get a v10 (or a 5.4 or 4.6 for that matter) then invest in a decent torque wrench. Once year, on a nice spring day, pop the hood and re-torque all of the plugs to 14 ft/bls (some reconmend 30 ft/lbs) and you should never experience this problem. But if you do 'spit' one out, it can be fixed without pulling the heads for a few hundred bucks.

BTW - I typicall get 13.7 mixed driving bck and forth to work (2 miles each way) and have gotten as hi as 16 no the interstate with the A/C on. My wife on the other hand, is a jack rabbit/screetching stop person and when she drives the X, the mgps drop to about 11 around town. So how drive is as improtant as what you drive.

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monsta
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Posted:1/1/2008 15:02
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The v10 is a solid engine with only one major issue (and it can be averted) - 'spitting spark plugs'. If you get a v10 (or a 5.4 or 4.6 for that matter) then invest in a decent torque wrench. Once year, on a nice spring day, pop the hood and re-torque all of the plugs to 14 ft/lbs (some recommend 30 ft/lbs) and you should never experience this problem. But if you do 'spit' one out, it can be fixed without pulling the heads for a few hundred bucks.


The plug issue certianly can't be called "major", IMHO. It is relatively rare based on the number of V10's on the road. Early models had the issue, 02 and later don't.

It is a maintenance thing really.

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MarkMoore
• Stanley, NC, USA
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Posted:1/1/2008 17:44
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The plug issue certianly can't be called "major", IMHO. It is relatively rare based on the number of V10's on the road. Early models had the issue, 02 and later don't.

It is a maintenance thing really.


OK - so maybe 'major' was a little strong in stating the problem. I think I made my point.


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