really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
141,004 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. remove motor , disassemble, replace threads with inserts (5 reports)
2000 Ford Excursion engine problems

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2000 Ford Excursion Owner Comments

problem #14

May 192016

Excursion XLT 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,560 miles


Not a easy fix. If the rear plugs blowout ,the heads will need to be pulled or the engine. This is another engineering screw up. The manufacture should have to repair this. This has nothing to do age or mileage of the vehicle. Do you take this vehicle on a trip now since this happened.

- , Mt.Vernon, IN, USA

problem #13

Oct 212016

Excursion Limited V10

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

If Ford realizes this is a problem, they should recall the vehicles regardless of the number of miles on it. Some forums say this particular problem almost always occurs after the warranty has run out.

- , Turtle Creek, WV, USA

problem #12

Oct 012015

Excursion V10 Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

I feel that Ford needs to take a close look at 2000 model excursion for making this make a lemon law definite; many reasons starting with this spark plug issue, steering wobble my lady is scared to drive this vehicle which means I am the one to drive this dangerous machine, alignment issue is another area in which constant maintenance is required often at 250$ each tire, the gas gauges don't work.... I have stressed myself maintaining this vehicle day after day; I love ford but action needs to be taken as this track record continues to follow the same pattern and endanger peoples lives or families. This family vehicle is not safe its a lemon that is more than sour its bitter and I can't believe that ford doesn't take ownership for this horrible make and model its a shame we must risk our lives to recognize that something is not safe. in all honesty i have a ford excursion that i don't feel is safe even selling now that's all F'd up. FORD NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING IN REGARDS TO THIS PARTICULAR MAKE AND MODEL PEOPLE OUT THERE DO NOT BUY 2000 FORD EXCURSION SAVE YOURSELVES DON'T PUT YOURSELVES IN HARMS WAY BECAUSE THATS WHAT THIS MAKE AND MODEL IS PLACING INTO YOUR LIVES OR FAMILIES LIVES!!!!!!!!

- , Taos, USA

problem #11

Mar 242015

Excursion Limited` V10

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,770 miles


I found out after buying the Excursion that spark plug blowing is a common problem. It happened 6 months ago with 160k miles to the #3 passenger side plug. Spent almost 1k repairing it at a Ford Dealership.

Here it is 6 months and 6000 miles later and THE SAME plug has blown again. They re-drilled and put a larger coil insert in the plug hole but it blew out immediately. Now they want $4300 to replace the cylinder head on a car that is barely worth $4000!!! The service adviser says he has never had a repair blow out a second time, yet, somehow the warranty to fix the problem if it happens a second time during the warranty period/mileage, mysteriously goes away if the fix is more expensive???

I asked what was more probable on a repair that works the 1st time nearly every time, 1) that there is some mysterious problem with the cylinder head that is my problem, or that 2) they made a mistake drilling and putting the insert in the 1st time which has now ruined the cylinder head? Heard nothing but crickets as far as an answer to that one.

I am left with 2 solutions. With a less than generous offer to reduce my out of pocket now by $500, I can pay $3800 and try and sell it for $4000, netting $200, or I can tow it to a junk yard and get maybe $200. Both options suck. I cant believe with so many Ford V10 owners having this problem, and the fire threat when it happens, there has been no recall or class action.

Guess I'll just have to take it! Unbelievable!

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 112015

Excursion Limited V10

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,171 miles

I did not realize Ford had an engine spark plug ejection problem.....I would have never bought a Ford product

- , Worley, ID, USA

problem #9

Sep 032014

Excursion Limited V10in

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

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Problem stuck us in the middle of canyon on hwy 70 through CA 70 miles from help and no cell phone service. I am hearing that this is a very well known problem and though I bought the truck used I paid 15k for it and was thought to be a fair deal. If this had been winter in the same place we were stranded, death could occur .

- , Reno, NV, USA

problem #8

Jul 162014

Excursion XLT 6.8L V10

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles


Rear sparkplug on the passenger side blew out while driving at 60 mph. Vehicle is stranded 150 miles away waiting to be repaired. This spark plug had blown out once before approximately 3 years ago.

- , Appleton, WI, USA

problem #7

Jan 292013

Excursion V10

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

Plug blew out while on the freeway. Definitely not a torque problem as it was the original motocraft plug.

- , Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jan 232012

Excursion Limited 6.8L V10 Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

I owned this vehicle since new in Jan 2000. It has almost 200,000 miles on it. I changed the spark plugs at 100,000 miles and never had an issue before this, so Ford;s claim of improperly installed spark plugs being the cause is utter bullshit.

This is my fist experience with this problem and was amazed when I started researching the problem on the Internet to find the huge number of forums and complaint sites dedicated to this problem.

How Ford can be in denial is beyond comprehension. It was a design flaw, clear and simple. If it wasn't, then explain why Ford redesigned the threads on the later built heads?

I've seen there are a couple of class action lawsuits filed against Ford for this problem, but I think that there should be one national lawsuit to make Ford pay for these repairs. My estimate from a dealer is $600 labor plus parts.


- , Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jan 102011

Excursion Limited 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,989 miles

Okay, well at least the spark plug was saved this time, it landed on the top of radiator, when it shot out. This is poor workmanship. I have researched and this is a common problem mostly on the rear sparkplug.

- , Fletcher, OK, USA

problem #4

Sep 232011

Excursion V10

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


While driving 85 miles from home my 2000 V-10 Excursion w only 92,000K miles on it blew the #3 plug clear out of the head!

The Dealer I called told me they repair this problem once a month. That is a lot for one dealership. There are thousands in

this world dealing with the same problem. Since then, I have researched this and FOUND that not only has it happened to

others, BUT it has happened to ALOT of others...!! I have also found that this problem has been reported many times and to

date, NOTHING has been done about it. When this plug blow out of the head, fuel was being pushed out of the head and could have CAUSED a fire under the hood. At speeds on interstates as high as they are, My infant son, myself and our dog COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED..!!!! So why is no one doing anything about this problem...!!!?????!!!!"

- , Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 222010

Excursion Limited 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

2nd time replacing ignition coil which was broke from spark plug shooting out while driving down the road. Only on the rear spark plug on the passenger side, closest to the firewall. Once again, replacing with a sleeve and new ignition coil.

- , Fletcher, OK, USA

problem #2

Mar 292011

Excursion Limited

  • Automatic transmission
  • 197,567 miles

this is the fourth time a plug shoots loose, it's very annoying and expensive to get it fixed

- , La Puente, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 262009

Excursion Limited 10 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

This is the 2nd time a spark plug has ejected from the head. The first time I was lucky and some threading was still left. I was able to purchase a new plug and install it. This time, however, the threading was was stripped when the plug ejected. This is a different spark plug than the first time. I am taking it in today and getting an estimate. I am pissed to find out that this is common malfunction. Just to add to the above complaint, the ball joints have been replaced 3 times in the front end. I am by no means an aggressive driver. This vehicle should be able to with stand normal driving circumstances with no problem. But as I can see from other complaints....

- , Fairfield, OH, USA

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