First off thanks for everyone on this side for all the amazing information. I had been looking for a diesel vehicle for a bit and decided to give the 6.0 a try. Hopefully it will run well for me.
I just picked up a 2003 Excursion 6.0L Limited. Saw it on ebay through a dealer with great ratings and they posted a ton of pictures. Flew down, picked it up and drove it 900 miles home. This is my first diesel and first vehicle with that size fuel tank. Ouch. First fill up was $138 for 36 gallons of fuel.
The Ex drives great. Amazing amount of power once you get the beast rolling and I was loving that turbo sound. I have a 99 Corvette and 2010 STI at home so this will not be getting monster power mods but it's fun knowing I could if I ever want to.
It looks like my Ex might be lifted a little as it does seem to have a bit higher stance than others i've looked at. I'll need to crawl under it and look. It has brand new 33" Duratrac tires and even with the knobby larger tires I was able to get over 18mpg doing 70+ mph on the way home.
It has 145K miles and loaded. On the way home though the tow/haul light started to blink. It would not do it all the time, but about 50% of the time. I cannot really figure out a rhyme or reason when it will come on. Does not seem to drive any different though the RPM's are a little higher, maybe it's not going into overdrive. I'm taking it to a local mechanic this afternoon to scan the codes and see what's going on in there. Hopefully it's just a sensor or solenoid. I'm also going to get the tires balanced as there is a shudder when I get over 65 mph. And an alignment.
I will also be changing the oil this weekend, but after reading the million threads on oil, i'm still just as confused as to what weight oil to use. 5w40, 15w40 or even 10w30.
And I will also be changing the coolant as soon as possible. This seems to be a heavily debated topic as well. Not sure if I should change it using the Ford Gold and then change it again in the spring to the good Cat stuff and put on a filter at that point? I'll be doing a fair amount of driving with it in the next few weeks, probably 1500 miles at least. So my thinking is to drain what is in there, put in good quality replacement and then do the major change and coolant filter when I have more time to do it right.
My other question is, where is the brake control harness located? I found it in a minute on my armada but cannot find it on the Excursion. Need to hook up my brake controller so I can take my travel trailer back to storage.
I will also be researching an economy tune as i'd like to see if I can get up to 20mpg with this thing.
Picks from the dealer.