hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,812 miles

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2001 Ford Excursion Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 092010


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Excursion limited. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled, similar to NHTSA campaign id number: 07V553000 ( engine and engine cooling:engine:diesel). The dealer was contacted and stated that there were no recalls on his vehicle. The contact was waiting for a diagnostic testing appointment. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to call NHTSA. The current and failure mileages were approximately 98,000.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #9

Jun 062007

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,500 miles
Cam position sensor failure on 2001 Ford Excursion with 7.3L turbo diesel for the 3rd time in 2 years. Have replace the part twice before at a parts cost of $195. Ford came out with a new part number and now it costs $30 but they cant get them in.

- John Day, OR, USA

problem #8

Aug 272006

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles
While driving through a construction zone on a two lane road with concrete barriers, my Ford truck equipped with a 7.3L powerstroke diesel engine, suddenly quit, causing me to have to coast to a stop with no engine power. Luckily, I had enough momentum to take a off-ramp and get off the road. But this sudden failure of the cam position sensor or cps could have caused a serious accident. Failure of this part is common on powerstrokes and it shuts off all fuel to the engine. Please investigate.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #7

Apr 132007

Excursion 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles


Cps, cam position sensor, failed in traffic. Intermittent hiccup while driving, stopped in traffic facing downhill truck died. Re-started and continued with intermittent stop/start for several more miles. Replace with new. No more problems.

- Holly Hill, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 082007

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalls without prior warning. There's no consistent situation I have noticed, has stalled at highway speeds, as well as at a stop light. The problem was rather sporadic when I first noticed some time ago, but is becoming more frequent. I have not attempted any repairs yet.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #5

Feb 172006


  • miles
2001 Ford Excursion shuts off while driving.

- Old Town, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 052005

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


2001 Ford Excursion with 7.3L power stroke and automatic transmission. On 11/06/2005 the engine died without warning with my wife driving along a remote country road along a river. The immediate loss of power brakes and power steering resulted in a partial loss of control that caused the truck to leave the pavement and nearly plunge into the river. The check engine light came on. The truck restarted, but there was a profound loss of power rendering it undriveable. The truck was towed 45 miles to the nearest Ford dealer where a sensor was replaced and we were charged $1000 for a tune-up. The service manager told us that we should use unleaded gasoline to augment the octane in the diesel fuel to prevent a future failure. On 3/9/2006, after just 3000 miles, the truck stalled and the check engine light came on again, this time while towing a loaded horse trailer and with my 4 year old twins in the vehicle. Again, power steering and power brakes were lost and the truck became extremely difficult to control. I halted the vehicle before it went fully over the edge of the road and into the river. Had my wife been driving it is unlikely we would have survived.

- Elkton, OR, USA

problem #3

Jan 292006

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,500 miles
Multiple times over the last several months my 2001 Ford Excursion with a 7.3-liter diesel engine has cut out intermittently. If I am traveling at highway speeds it will cut out briefly and then resume running. If on the other hand I am idling up to a traffic light and it cuts out, it must be restarted using the ignition switch. This is a potentially hazardous situation given there is no power steering or brakes available in these instances. I noticed a report in my local newspaper today (3/5/06) explaining this exact issue with other 2001 Excursion.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 022006

Excursion 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driving down rural road, 60 mph in our 2001 Ford Excursion diesel. Engine just died. No brakes, limited steering. Turns out to be a part called a cps (camshaft position sensor). According to my local dealer this is a common failure and when they fail it is sudden and complete. Had this occurred anywhere that would have required me to maneuver and all, it would have been bad.

- Amissville, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022003

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,121 miles
After purchasing my 2001 Excursion with power stroke diesel I had problems with a hunting and sometimes surging when starting the engine. After two trips to the dealer and them stationing that there was "no" problem, the vehicle shut down while driving three days later. Luckily I wasn't in traffic I was just getting ready to pull out onto the road. After having it towed to a different dealer (due to location) I was informed that the cam pick-up sensor was bad and there was a service bulletin on this. I returned about two days later complaining that the hunting and surging was still present. Again, I was told that there appeared to be "no" problems. (they plugged the computer into it and got no codes. But, did not drive or run the vehicle.) now three dealers, less warranty and months later I'm still having lack of power, acceleration and poor fuel consumption problems. But, still being told by the dealer that nothing is wrong. Finally I took the Excursion in to the dealer while is was demonstrating the problem. The service tech agreed that "this isn't right". they replaced the fuel injector on number 8 cylinder. And the turbo charger under the warranty. The vehicle still exhibits lack of acceleration on take off and now shuttering when first placed into reverse. Service tech states that it is the torque converter and that is not covered under warranty now and will cost approximately $3000. The cost of the vehicle new is $50,000 I would think the engine and transmission would last more than 40,000 miles? Ford is ignoring and not standing behind a manufacture defect that is noted on multiple Excursion and F-250's.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

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