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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,353 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Excursion brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Excursion Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 062002


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Excursion. While driving, the brakes failed at least eight times. The dealer informed the contact that the brakes were operating normally. The dealer also stated that the could run a diagnostic test for $85; yet, the contact declined the test. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 254,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 152008


  • 114,500 miles
2001 Ford Excursion 7.3L powerstroke diesel with 114500 miles : ABS control module stopped working and disabled anti lock braking system causing vehicle to skid uncontrollably on wet surface. Failure is permanent in nature and cannot be reset, so anti-lock braking system is deactivated. Repair required is for the ABS control module to be replaced by dealer (cost exceeds $500) and old part is not available.

- Prosper, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 092003

Excursion 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,620 miles
The vehicle had ongoing problems with the transmission, brakes, and air tire. While driving a noise was heard coming from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice, and the problem could not be determined.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 252002

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The rotors on my 2001 Ford Excursion keep warping and required periodic turning and/or replacement. As of 40,000 miles. On one occasion, the caliper & ABS sensor failed, seizing the front wheel and causing and incident on a snow covered road.

- West Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 222002

Excursion 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
Panic stop and vehicle pulled left so hard that it almost went through the center safety barriers on interstate. Pulled so hard that it felt like someone had grabbed the steering wheel and yanked it. Anytime you brake hard it progressively pulls harder to the left the more you apply the brakes. Also power-steering will disappear at slow speeds making it almost impossible to turn into parking lots. Dealer had vehicle for over 4 weeks. The Ford hot line had the dealer replace the front springs, tie rod ends, steering box, power steering pump, check alignment, try different alignment specs, balance & rotate tires, swapped calipers from side to side, put new calipers and pads on. Dealer drove two other Excursion's one new one & another customer's and they both did the same thing. Ford hot line has admitted to dealership they know of problem but don't know what else to try.

- Kingfisher, OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 022002


  • miles
When applying the brakes truck pulls to the left or right very hard almost forcing steering wheel out of consumers hand. Consumer is concerned vehicle may tip over. Consumer took vehicle to Ford and the replaced the brake calipers.

- Baytown, TX, USA

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