Both times were "STOOPIDITY!" at it's best. I had an oil leak, new about it, hoped it would go away... Was taking my daughter to the Dr's for an appt, then gonna swing by the shop. The whole time, sorta ignoring the orange light on the dash that said the fuel tank was empty. Long story short, never, never, ever let a diesel run outa fuel
Towed to the shop, oil leak fixed, three injectors later. Total bill $1650.
Second, I was heading to my oldest daughters soccer game, stopped for a snack and some extra cash (gonna take her to dinner after the game). The EX decided not to start, at all. After towing to the shop and $80 to hook it up to the EKG (Extra Kash Getter), we found that I didn't have enough oil pressure to start her up. Well, another long story short... After adding almost a gallon of oil, the pressure came right up and she started easily. I had the shop go ahead and do an oil change for me. Total bill $200. chalked it up as a lesson learned. Gotta know how to read the dipstick properly. I had just checked the fluid level on all three vehicles the weekend before.
All in all I really like the Excursion. I enjoy having a Diesel. The kids all call it "The big rolling turd", but then again they always ask me to take them places in her
Final note: this thing is one hell of a grocery hauler. $400 dollars worth of groceries doesn't fill the back. And still room for the kids.