There was a little too much noise coming up through the suspension, and there were hints of chassis flex on really rough stretches. When wintry conditions prevail, does a four-wheel-drive truck really have an advantage over an ordinary car? The dealer diagnosed that the cast tech heads needed to be replaced because they leaked antifreeze. But the slippery staging area, part of an old runway system, proved to be beautifully suited to drifting, and Pund surprised everyone, perhaps even himself, by displaying a hitherto unsuspected talent for this unique pastime. Why are they not made to stand behind this when problem is known? A footnote: Lock the center diff, and the Sequoia's traction-and-stability-control system goes offline. The territory includes northernmost Michigan and Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota. But it's clear that the competition has caught up.
We were accompanied by abundant snowfall, plenty of ice, frozen water falling from the skies at regular intervals, bandito packs of snowmobiles popping out of the piney woods at unexpected points along the way, the absence of temperature meaning zero degree Fahrenheit, and that was the high one day -in short, excellent winter test conditions. In all, a thousand wintry miles, from which we emerged with a clear winner, and an observation: Hiawatha, dude, we think you would have been happier in Phoenix. Memo to Ford: Check the F-150 interior. With the second-highest curb weight and second-lowest power ratings, the Expedition made hard work of two-lane passing situations. I think they were G102 and G103?? The most telling weakness, though, continues to be power to weight.
The contact pulled over to the side of the road and lifted the hood for the vehicle to cool off. They really helped us out and went above and beyond in their customer service. Its engine was still relatively green when it hit the test track, and the results were slower across the board than the numbers we recorded for essentially the same truck back in 2002. There were complaints about the relatively small size of the main instruments, and the relatively short dimension of the front seat cushions, but the gripes were scattered and the praise was plentiful. The leather heated power seats are the most comfortable I have ever found. That pays off in the transient-response department.
Besides most Vortec's being iron block, as seen above there are some serious size differences and considerations depending on your project. Besides most Vortec's being iron block, as seen above there are some serious size differences and considerations depending on your project. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact dispensed coolant into the reservoir. But despite a couple of useful '04 updates--a tire-pressure monitor, and improvements to the braking system--middle age and a couple of brand-new players have overtaken Chevy's mainstream big boy. The structure spanning the distance between the front and rear axles is distinctly stiffer than its predecessor and feels as good as the best in this group, including the Expedition.
The contact managed to pull over and stop the vehicle. This tester lacked a third-row seat, but it is nevertheless a weak point that hasn't improved with time. Thanks again Bobby I've had the same thing happen to my wifes 03 Yukon twice in the last 6 months or so. And in a vehicle designed for families, a double-five-star crashworthiness rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certainly doesn't hurt. Dealer aware and sees often not only in this vehicle but all 5. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The fouled engine oil causes the lifters to fail, the oil pressure to drop and the engine to lock up due to lack of lubrication by the fouled oil and the driver has no way of knowing this is happening as there is no external indicators.
And the weight increase that was a consequence of the redesign was not accompanied by a corresponding increase in power from either of the Expedition's two Triton V-8 engines—the standard 4. Since the Tahoe and the Sequoia are essentially unchanged, you might well ask why. With a max of 97 cubic feet, the Armada was fifth of five in this category, and all that ground clearance makes the rear load floor difficult to reach, particularly irritating in winter, when the rear bumper is likely to be coated with salt and other road schmutz. The interior plastics look a little low rent. With a price structure that makes it impossible to ignore.
The failure mileage was 158,498. At 5312 pounds, the Durango is the lightweight in this showdown. The only element singled out for criticism was the location of the rear-wiper switch, low and to the right in the center stack, far from the other wiper control and hard to reach. Interior designers did an exemplary job of exploiting the Durango's expanded dimensions. And that institutional interior doesn't work. If you are a car owner, you need to know something about auto repairs.
The Armada's dynamics drew mixed reviews. There were also elements conspicuous by their absence. In 2002, we evaluated the big utes in the summer, with a little mud-bogging thrown in for the off-road component. Let us begin by accentuating the positive. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000. But even those results would have trailed the Durango's and the Armada's. The Sequoia's upper dash is much shorter than the others in this group, a tidier job of packaging that also enhances forward sightlines.
If this is your case, you need to learn more about auto repairs. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and caused all the instrument panel lights to illuminate. Chevrolet has to be aware of the danger they are putting their customers in by not having a recall of a faulty part located in the engine. Throttle response is of the right-now variety, and the exhaust note provides a constant—ultimately, an irritatingly constant—reminder of all that power cooking under the hood. Nevertheless, the Expedition emerged as the least likely to cause Hiawatha and family to burst into song. Oil sludges between oil changes. And what happened to those side-mirror turn-signal repeaters? The contact stated that the vehicle was using too much antifreeze.
It makes the Toyota more fun for guys like Drifter Dan, but it also makes it trickier to manage on runs like the Kinross handling course, where Robinson managed to bury it right up to the gunwales. Most cars, even old muscle cars have relatively low hood clearances. The Expedition's as-tested price was consistent with the rest of the group, but the Ford was the only one with fabric upholstery, not leather. It was also the only one with manually adjusted front seatbacks rather than power. Ford invented this useful feature, but it was missing on our tester. There is still much to like here. Photo by Jonathan Rolande When you have the keys to your car, the world is your oyster.