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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,978 miles

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2001 Ford Excursion engine problems

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2001 Ford Excursion Owner Comments

problem #17

Aug 192009


  • 120,000 miles


2001 Ford Excursion shuts off while driving or stopped. It was taken to local dealer and was told there were no recalls and that everything was fine. This happen on average 2 a week. From that point to present. The vehicle is a PSD and had its csp replace several times. This problem has happen while stopped at stop light, driving 65mph, pulling a trailer and is now putting needless persons at risk. I have personally replaced the cps, the valve cover gaskets, the PCM has been checked and the dealer still states there is nothing wrong with the Excursion.

- Yucca Valley, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 162010

Excursion 4WD 10-cyl

  • 123,885 miles
I have a Ford Excursion 2001 V10 with 123K I was sitting at a stop light with very little engine torque at the time when I had a "spark plug blow out" the spark plug was blown out of their head and in turn took out the coil.. when this happened it filled the engine compartment with gas fumes and the spark plug was still attached to the cable and providing a spark. With the spark I feel there could have been a fire in the engine compartment but because I was able to turn off the truck as soon as it happened there was no fire. Ford knows of this problem because they have a repair kit with a insert to put in the head to repair it. The Ford dealer repaired it at a cost of $344.18 but I was told that this is common in most of the Triton engines Ford has. I think there could have been a fire under the hood had it not been that I was sitting at a light and turned it off as soon as it happened.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #15

Apr 052010

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Ford Excursion. Consumer states the spark plug blew out of the head of the engine damaging the threads.

- Blue Point, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 172010


  • 112,000 miles


While driving on a two-lane country road at approximately 40 mph, a loud exhaust sound started coming from the engine. A visual inspection revealed that a spark plug had been blown completely out of the engine and the coil and wire had been damaged. Truck must be towed to dealer for repair. Online research reveals this to be an extremely common problem which the dealer has failed to address or remedy.

- Montgomery, AK, USA

problem #13

Jan 192010


  • 108,121 miles
My 2001 Ford Excursion ejected a spark plug from the cylinder head. This is the second time that this has happened. After research, I have learned that this is a commong defect.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 152010

Excursion 8-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
2001 Ford Excursion 5.4L Triton V8. At 89,000 spark plug blew out of cylinder. In shop now for fix. I read it is a huge issue with Ford.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Jan 032010


  • 127,000 miles


Ford - spark plug blow out: Yesterday my 2001 Excursion with a 5.4 Triton V8 engine blew a spark plug right out of the engine. It blew out with such force, the boot and cap/ coil snapped in two (the screw is still on tight). The treads of the old plug have no (none, zero) signs of damage, so how does a spark plug that is screwed in just blow out. Our local mechanic states "this is common on many Ford Triton engines. The head heats up and expands, since there are minimal threads holding the plug in place, during the combustion cycle, the plug just blows completely out." I thought he was giving me a load of non-sense, thus simply preparing me for the sure to be huge up-coming bill. However, once I researched this on-line, it only took just a few minutes to discover many, many people have experienced the same thing, on several different year, make and model vehicles involving Ford's Triton engines. I have always been a Ford guy. I dealt with the cruise control issue and such but this one takes the cake. During these harsh economic times Ford needs to step up and do the right thing or they will never see me, any of my relatives or friends at any of their dealerships again! we will go elsewhere and let Ford learn a thing or two about a very valuable lesson regarding simple economics called "supply and demand" or lack thereof for any of Ford's products (cars, trucks, T-shirts, logo stickers, etc). Ford owners experiencing this same issue need to stand up, be heard and more importantly to have this problem fixed by those responsible for creating the issue - Ford!

- Lampasas, TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 032008


  • 90,000 miles
I have had a total of four spark plugs blow out of my 2001 Ford Excursion, V-10 in the last two years. I have had my mechanic repair them with a helicoil kit, but I recently had the helicoil come out on a defective spark plug. Now my mechanic is looking for a kit that will repair the repair.

- Tollhouse, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 062008


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Excursion. The contact stated that the vehicle would fail to start occasionally. In addition, while driving between 60-70 mph, the vehicle would stall. The failure occurs during normal driving or changing lanes. Sometimes the vehicle will immediately restart. The vehicle is difficult to pull to the shoulder due to the lack of power steering and brakes when the failure occurs. There are no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but they could not diagnose the failure. The vehicle is currently at the dealer. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #8

Jul 162008

Excursion 10-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
Ford Triton 6.8L V10 spark plug ejection Ford insists the problem is due to improper torquing of new plugs or any number of other reasons. However many people have had the original factory spark plugs eject from the engine, which indicates there is a defect with the engine & cylinder head design.

- Romeo, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 082007

Excursion 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,250 miles


I was driving home from a trip, 70 mph on interstate and engine makes a loud bang. I pull over my husband checks under the hood. The coil is on top of the engine sparking. At further inspection the spark plug has blown out of the engine. My husband is able to get the plug back in the engine so we can make it home. Nothing has been done to fix this problem, can't see paying Ford $3000 to replace head with the same faulty part.

- Smithfield, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 202007

Excursion 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
While driving the vehicle at city speeds the vehicle blew out a spark plug.

- Superior, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 082006

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Own 3 Ford vehicles. This year, 2 out of 3 have had blown spark plugs. E350 was repaired and seems to be running well. Excursion not so lucky and now, it looks like needs a new head. Extremely frustrating due to the low mileage on this vehicle 51000 when plug blew.

- Totowa, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 062006

Excursion 10-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
My 2001 Ford Excursion with 82,000 miles, blew a spark plug out of the rear passenger side cylinder. The dealer states that the aluminum head failed and that there are no threads left in the hole. They also state that the only fix is to replace the head and it is not covered under my extended warranty that I purchased from Ford.

- New Providence, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 252005

Excursion 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,365 miles
While driving down the road heard big pop and lots of noise. Spark plug on #4 cylinder blew out on V-10 on 2001 Ford Excursion. Had heli coil put in sparkplug hole. Spark plug on #7 cylinder blew out and had heli coil put in, but started leaking again. Was told could not fix with heli coil and had to replace head.

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #2

Sep 152002


  • miles
Consumer stated the vehicle would cut off without warning.

- Bonaire, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 092002

Excursion Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated while driving, the camshaft sensor failed, causing the engine to stop.

- Hesteria, CA, USA

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