Ford Excursion - Whats it worth?

Ford Excursion - Whats it worth?

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keemaklan

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409 posts

114 months

Sunday 31st January
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Hi!

I have been hankering over a dirty American cummins or powerstroke diesel for the past 10 years. Living in London however, means if I do want to own one of these bad boy engines, its basically now or never. ULEZ is coming into outer London from October 2021, so I have about 8 months to own one, and then I will have to sell up.

I went to view this bad boy today:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Excursion-7-3-Powe...

Its the Ford Excursion, with the behemoth 7.3 litre powerstroke. She sounded great, and whilst I really liked it, I want to know what it is realistically worth?

20K is IMO way too much. Its an 02 plate, with circa 85 on the clock. The interior has seen better days, but the exterior is in very good shape. I know that some smart aleck will say "Its worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it" but I need to know whether its even in the correct ball park figure which I don't think it is.

I also would like to know if, after owning it for circa 8 months, it will be quite hard to shift on? Do trucks like this take time to sell? Do they sell quite quickly since they're so rare? Am I likely to lose much on sale?

I understand that it will drink like a fish, but its a once in a lifetime offer to scratch an itch I've had for years. I do want it, but I need to think this through properly first.

The seller said he had received quite a lot of interest from abroad, (Germany, Denmark etc) but due to lockdown the buyers won't be coming to see it just yet. The seller himself is NOT short of a few bob. He has tons of trucks, cars, motorhome, motorbikes and has ordered a new Dodge Ram from America to use for his 5th wheel motorhome.

Any suggestions, any ideas and feedback will be much appreciated!

Thank you!

Keemaklan

roscobbc

1,295 posts

206 months

Sunday 31st January
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ULEZ may seem like a relatively unimportant thing to people outside of London postal districts - however we are already seeing certain towns in the UK starting to bring-in similar schemes. I remember a few years ago when there was a change to congestion charge co limits applied to light commercial vehicles - van/truck owners with purchase contracts on relatively new vehicles were badly stuffed. If you read 'between the likes' on the TFL website and Khan's statement relating to the exemption for classic vehicles is has beeb recently changed to "for the foreseeable future" or somthing like that - implying that TFL could move the goalposts at any time. Consider carefully......

BlackTails

614 posts

19 months

Sunday 31st January
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keemaklan said:
Hi!

20K is IMO way too much. Its an 02 plate, with circa 85 on the clock. The interior has seen better days, but the exterior is in very good shape.
This is based purely on a gut feeling, but I think 6-8k is closer to what it's worth.

The closest comparator I can see on AT right now is a 2005 Expedition with 52k miles for 7.5k. On ebay there's a 2008 Yukon XL with 80,000 miles that's asking 11k, and a 2005 Suburban with 70,000 miles that's asking 9k.

This Excursion is almost 20 years old, and sounds tired. 20k says the seller's been sniffing glue.

Stating the bleedin' obvious: one of these plus London (ignoring ULEZ) are not going to make for a happy mix. It's not going to fit in any standard parking bay, whether on a street or (especially) in a car park. It will be like driving a 3.5t truck around. And that's leaving to one side the fact it is LHD.

I've driven one of these in N America, and its closest rivals by size (Chevvy Suburban and Yukon XL. Even over there outside of a city they feel huge. I completely get the desire to have something like this, but personally it's an itch I scratch outside the UK, because I am pretty firmly of the view that owning and driving one of these in the UK would not be that enjoyable.

Good luck, whatever you choose to do though.


keemaklan

Original Poster:

409 posts

114 months

Sunday 31st January
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Hi! Thanks for your replies so far.

I have no real worry about driving it around London. Yes obviously parking will be a nightmare in 9 out of 10 places, and most roads are small enough without having to drive a huge Yank Tank through them, but its only for a short time so I'll learn to live with it. It'll probably only really be a weekend car, and long distance cruiser. It'll make a great shag pad at the back. I won't need to pay for hotels anymore haha.

I just really want to enjoy that engine for 7-8 months.

There are two petrol engined Excursions currently on Ebay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ONE-OF-FRESH-IMPORT-FOR...

This one is up for 14k, on an 05 plate, with less mileage, but it's not got the engine I want.

The next one is much the same.

Up for https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FRESH-IMPORT-53-PLATE-F...

Again, wrong fuel.

But how do I go about telling the seller that he's priced it 10k too much! Offering £1,000-2,000 less is one thing, but offering £8/9k less is just an absolute P•ss take.

sunbeam alpine

5,712 posts

152 months

Sunday 31st January
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Please ignore me if it's a stupid question, but do you have the right licence to be able to drive that?

AIUI you'd need a HGV licence as it's over 3.5t (but I could be wrong smile )

keemaklan

Original Poster:

409 posts

114 months

Sunday 31st January
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Very valid question...

I only have a B cat licence, but I'm thinking of winging it on the basis of this thread hahah....

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...


and possibly do my C1 licence later.

I'm glad you mentioned that however. Another reason why I really shouldn't be looking at this vehicle.

I believe the kerb weight is 3,487 kg for the 7.3 Powerstroke engines, so I might just be ok? I don't really have a clue!

K.

alabbasi

1,333 posts

51 months

Sunday 31st January
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It's hard to gauge what these trucks are worth in the UK. In the US, prices are all based on condition and spec. My neighbor has a 5.4 liter that's got a few bruises and i would say that it's a $2-4k truck. Nice ones however are worth a lot more.

Especially if they have the 7.3 liter engine which is about as tough as it gets. If the mileage is genuine, I would say that they're not being unreasonable for a 7.3 with 85000. My 02 F350, also with the 7.3 has 350K miles and it runs like a freight train. I did 90 back from Memphis for about 400 miles with a trailer behind me carrying a Rolls Royce and I couldn't feel the trailer (until I hit the brakes of course biggrin )

Later 6.0 diesel engines were more refined but had reliability issues that could lead to major expenses. The V10 gas engines are pretty good but suck fuel at an alarming rate and don't have nearly the towing capacity of the diesels.


keemaklan

Original Poster:

409 posts

114 months

Sunday 31st January
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I suppose I could always sell it abroad in Europe when the time comes.

They seem to be quite popular in Norway.

P.S - I drove the 7.3 today, and the noise is worth the sub 10mpg I'll get around town. I have a C63 (N/A) which suddenly doesn't seem as exciting.

alabbasi

1,333 posts

51 months

Sunday 31st January
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I don't know how you can get 10MPG (Imperial) when I get more than 10MPG (US) pulling a trailer behind me in a bigger and heavier vehicle.
You can also get a tune on these engines that has a 6 position switch which would add 150hp to the engine on the highest setting and improve fuel economy.


Edited by alabbasi on Monday 1st February 00:04

keemaklan

Original Poster:

409 posts

114 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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alabbasi said:
I don't know how you can get 10MPG (Imperial) when I get more than 10MPG (US) pulling a trailer behind me in a bigger and heavier vehicle.
You can also get a tune on these engines that has a 6 position switch which would add 150hp to the engine on the highest setting and improve fuel economy.


Edited by alabbasi on Monday 1st February 00:04
The 10mpg was more of a guess than anything else.

Heavy foot, large engine and London town constant stop start traffic.

What do you get in an urban environment?

shovelheadrob

1,564 posts

135 months

Thursday 18th February
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Anything with the 7.3 powerstroke & in good condition is going up in value, not so much in the UK, but in the USA an Excursion like this could make close to $30k. I'm actually considering shipping my F350 back there when I sell it later this year although if the pound keeps gaining on the dollar it might not work as well.....

keemaklan

Original Poster:

409 posts

114 months

Thursday 18th February
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In the end, I erm....bought it.

You only live once. Fu ck it.

For a couple G's less than the asking mind you.

I'm in love.


shovelheadrob

1,564 posts

135 months

Sunday 21st February
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Well done, Chris told me it was sold. Have fun & enjoy it.

keemaklan

Original Poster:

409 posts

114 months

Thursday 25th February
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Thanks ShovelHeadRob!

I'm enjoying her so much already, I want to move out of London come ULEZ.