A little background on me:
I live in Burlington Twp with wifey-poo and 3 chitlins. When I'm not working (and posting...) my main hobby is going very fast in tight spaces - otherwise known as autocrossing. I've been doing it for several years and change cars often. I bought and drove an Expedition for a year specifically to tow my 1991 Civic Si that was terrible to drive on the street, but autoxed beautifully. My co-driver and I towed the Civic out to Topeka last September and averaged 15-16 mpg at 65-70 mph for the round trip.
I sold the Expedition (and the car and trailer) and bought karts for myself and my oldest child. We both autoxed the karts all year and I pulled a small harbor freight trailer with my Lexus IS300. However, next year my oldest girl will be coming up to drive the small kart while the boy moves up to drive a bigger kart. And he'll have another kart for a summer race series at NJMP, so I will need a 6x12 or 7x14 trailer to haul the 4 karts around. I decided that since we wanted to replace the minivan, and I want to get a travel trailer soon, that I wanted a diesel SUV. With the good experience I had with the Expedition, there was only one place to look - the Excursion (and it's the only diesel SUV, too).
So I've been lurking here for a few months while I searched local ads for 7.3 Excursions. The wealth of knowledge on this form is second to none! And when I finally found what I wanted (and close, too) I was able to diagnose a few things based on my readings here and I knew what to ask about with the dealer and my local dealership when they inspected it for me.
The verdict? My 2001 Ex LTD is a great truck with only a few minor issues: steering (my box seems to be screwed), and a minor oil leak on top. Beyond that it's a beautiful truck and since I got the 2WD version (on purpose) it rides very nicely, better than the 4x4 Expedition. I will be adding Rancho adjustables, a rear sway bar, and new ball joints very soon.