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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,733 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.

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2001 Ford Excursion engine problems

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2001 Ford Excursion Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 252007

Excursion 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,260 miles


Blast from engine at 45 mph while driving on snowy/icy bridge christmas night 2007. No where to pull over. Bounced off snow pile and with momentum crossed over bridge. Still in traffic and several near misses later highway patrol found me and diverted traffic. Spark had blown right out of engine but still attached to coil. Gas exiting and ignited with each spark firing. Vehicle now at Ford dealer. Greater than $4,000 repair. Service writer says spark plugs blowing out of engine and disabling engine with possible fire has been common on 2000-2005 Ford truck engines. Ford needs to be pressed for recall. Not enough threads to hold spark plugs in long term on original equipment. Common expectation of serviceability is that spark plugs and ignition fire stay inside engines. Consumer Affairs web sight list hundreds of complaints on this issue.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #6

Jul 032006

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles
2001 Ford Excursion: Accelerated after turning a corner and a spark plug blew out. Had been highway driving for 60 miles prior to the failure. The engine still ran but did not run smoothly. The threads were damaged and a new plug could not be inserted. The head is being replaced with a new head from the dealer at an approximate cost of $3800.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

problem #5

Dec 232005

Excursion 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,874 miles
Driving on level interstate highway with cruise control set at 70 mph. Heard small explosion similar to tire blowout. Immediately pulled over to side of road and checked engine. Found that the #3 spark plug had blown out of the cylinder head. Had vehicle towed home. No repairs made at this time due to holidays.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #4

Mar 052005

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


I have a 2001 Ford Excursion with 52,000 miles. I was 2 blocks from home when I heard this loud pop, then this loud clapping noise from under the hood. I immediately shut the vehicle off and had it towed to the dealership that I purchased it from and have had all the regular maintenence done at. (morrie's buffalo Ford, buffalo, mn) the 3rd spark plug on the rh side of the engine blewout, and took the cylinder head threads with it. $3000 to repair. The Ford inspector refused to admit fault on Ford's part, yet the service manager at the dealership told me that the plug blowout was no fault of mine. Purchased an additional $2000 bumper to bumper extended warranty that wouldn't cover it either. It is still at the dealership as I'm trying to figure out how to get Ford Motor Company to take responsibility for a faulty product and fix like they should. I have filed a formal complaint with the Ford Motor Company. I've also been doing some pretty heavy research over the last week, and have found hundreds of identical incidents. It's about time Ford is forced to be responsible.

- Annandale, MN, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

Excursion 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Ford Excursion 2001 V10 Ford V10 engine oil coagulates due to poor oil flow and seezes engine. One mechanic told me he had at least ten on his lot with the same problem. The only solution given is replace the entire engine. An expensive solution. I have read many testomonials on the web of people complaining about this same situation. Hopefully I can get some help with a recall or class action suit.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 092002


  • miles
When brakes are applied on an incline vehicle will stall. Vehicle has been to dealer on one occasion, and dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 012001


  • miles
Consumer was traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle shutdown. Vehicle was towed to dealership.

- Laradeo, TX, USA

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