definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,612 miles

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2003 Ford Excursion engine problems

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2003 Ford Excursion Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 252009

Excursion 10-cyl

  • 146,000 miles


Spark plug blown out of 8th cylinder of V10 Ford Triton.

- Mt. Clemens, MI, USA

problem #7

May 132008

Excursion 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While driving about 25 mph, the engine stalled and I lost steering control. Luckily no other cars were approaching because I was making a left turn on to a busy street. Very dangerous. The stall has also occurred at least 5 other times, usually when decelerating when coming to a stop light. Today, the ABS light came on, then I heard a click and all the gauges lost power, the radio display went out. I could not restart the vehicle - only heard a click sound. After waiting an hour, the vehicle started. Batteries have already been replaced by dealership a couple months ago. It was in the shop because under aggressive acceleration, the glow plug light would come on and there was no power. Sensor replaced along with batteries. Problem occurred again when driving it home from the shop. Talked to Ford and they do not seem concerned about potentially dangerous problems that dealership can not fix.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 212003

Excursion 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140 miles
Dealership has refused to repair ( warranty ) my 4 month old 2003 Ford Excursion. The door locks do not work, the roof leaks, the hood is crooked. The cruise control sticks and the truck accelerates but when the off button is pushed the engine dies. The paint has 100,000 rust particles in the finish, the primer is showing through the white paint in places on the truck, strange noise when the truck is first started.

- Titusville, FL, USA

problem #5

Apr 012003

Excursion 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles


Without warning the vehicle stalled. Dealer had attempted to repair the vehicle three times, but was unable to determine the cause of the problem. Dealer was processing this vehicle under the lemon law. Ford removed the entire motor they had the vehicle for 1 week for the second time. Their solution was that the problem was the front tires. (the consumer disagreed and stated vehicle did not stall because of bad tires.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 152003

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,753 miles
Consumer states that while driving and with no warning, the vehicle stalled, which made the vehicle difficult to control. Dealer notified. Vehicle completely shut down which caused poor steering. Consumer avoided several collisions. The vehicle had been in the shop numerous times and no one was able to repair it.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 122003

Excursion 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
2003 Ford Excursion 6.0 Triton diesel engine stalls (both high and low speeds), brakes and steering lock up.

- Ennis, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 272003


  • miles
The engine shut down causing lost of power steering. Please provide any additional information.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 282003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at highway speed the engine shut down causing lost of power steering and power brakes. Please provide any additional information.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

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