Do you trust your first gen?

Discussion in '1st Gen - 1997 - 2002' started by JabroniBro, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Ulver

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    So far with used and abused Expeditions or just Triton v8 cars in general are the Catalytic Converter going bad. This is due to Negligence from the previous of the vehicle and not keeping it in top shape, especially when there's a misfire code and it's being ignored. Those prolonged periods of misfires can cause the cats to become damaged over time. So just one of the MAJOR things toi look out for are codes, and namely a System Efficiency Below Threshold code. Both me and my brother ran into this issue with both previous owners of our own truck, and we ended up having to replace our cats. It can be a pretty expensive job if the entire system is shot.
     
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    I bought mine (4.6 2wd) during R&R from Iraq in 2005. Bought a 2001 with 30,000 miles on it. Now only have 113,000-ish and it still drives like the day I bought it. And you may be telling yourself “obviously this guy does not drive much”. True-not true. It was parked at BWI airport at my employers parking lot from 2006 to 2016. Never started or driven in between. Long story but was deployed for 10 years. Anyways had it trailered to my home at Fort Rucker. Dropped fuel tank and cleaned. Installed new fuel pump and new battery. Changed ALL fluids. Started right up. Ran rough but went through it and replaced all sensors and normal maintenance. New tires installed. Drive it daily now. Wife loves the brand new ones but she also loves mine since it’s so reliable. Any vehicle has its issues but this truck is a pretty solid design that is not too complicated to fix. With these forums and the internet, just about any problem can be fixed reasonably. Parts are dirt cheap and plentiful. Towed a very heavy trailer from Rucker to Michigan without issues. The guys saying they are getting 300,000 miles I believe. If I can get another 100,000 out of mine, even with the minor things- still saving a ton of money. Good luck my friend
     
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    I have a 2000 (5.4 engine) with 267,000 miles. She is still running great, sort of. The intake manifold cracked and is leaking antifreeze badly. It also needs brakes. Between those two it wouldn't cost much to repair but she is sooooo rusted it's time to let her go to her resting place. Right now she is parked in my driveway waiting to be picked apart to feed my 1997.
    My 1997 (5.4 engine) has been very reliable (knock on wood) I wouldn't be afraid to drive her anywhere.
     
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    Thanks for your service!
     
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    I have a 2000 Eddie Bauer, that's been very dependable. I bought it with low miles, 64k so that helped. The only items that needed replacement during the five years, are an alternator, a starter, and 2 front end parts. I'm going on 5 years next month, next to a Toyota, it doesn't get much better. Regular oil and transmission fluid changes, and it's possible to go over 350k. As always, have a mechanic or you, do a stem to stern inspection.

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    Sadly, my '02 XLT 5.4 AWD (bought used on '05 w/31,000) has rusted to the point that she's no longer safe. The core support is gone, 4 of 6 body mounts are gone, the cargo area floor is rotted thru. The rear quarters are gone too.....
    It's unfortunate because, mechanically, she's still in great shape with 287,000 miles.

    I trusted it for anything and everything for over 14 years. It never once left me stranded.

    As everyone said......
    MAINTENANCE!!!
    Don't let little problems become big ones.......

    I'm a little worried about the new ones, but I'm now shopping for a '15-17 ecoboost EL.
     

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