2000 Ford Excursion Towing Capacity Explained! (With Chart)

 In this article, we are going to take a look at the towing capacity of the 2000 Ford Excursion, to see just how capable they really are and the results may surprise some of you out there!

What You Need To Know To Determine Your Towing Capacity:

To determine your maximum trailer weight rating of your Excursion, you really only need to look at three different things: 

  • The type of engine you have equipped (5.4L, 6.8L, or 7.3L diesel)
  • The axle ratio that is being used (with higher ratios like 4.10 offering greater capacity than lower ones like 3.73)
  • The drive configuration (2WD or 4WD). 

Each of these specific variables plays a significant role in determining your SUV's towing capabilities, but knowing where to find these pieces of information is one of the other things that people can get hung up on, which we will go through in this article.

There are other factors like GCWR, GVWR and payload rating that are also important metrics that you will also need to look into.

2000 Ford Expedition (Overall) Towing Capacity

The towing capacity for the 2000 Ford Excursions had a pretty wide range, which varied between 6,200 to 10,000 pounds, that was really influenced very heavily, by the choice of engine that was equipped in the vehicle.

The other two variables that came into play were the axle ratios and the drivetrain configuration (2wd or 4WD) that also had an impact on the trailer weight ratings, but much less significant than the engines had on the numbers. These three factors (combined) played some kind of role in determining these SUVs capability to handle different towing loads.

2000 Ford Excursion Towing Chart

2000 Ford Excursion Engine Options

There were three different engine options that were offered for these SUVs and like I stated earlier, these made the biggest impact when it came to overall numbers in the ratings.

Models equipped with the 5.4-liter (V8) engine had the lowest ratings, with a capacity of up to 7,300 pounds. The 6.8-liter (V10) engine, along with the 7.3l diesel option were both capable of up to 10,000 pounds, which is a significant difference of almost 3,000 lbs!

5.4L (V8) Towing Capacity

Overall: 2000 Ford Excursions, equipped with a 5.4L engine, showcased two different towing capacity ratings that gave us a range of between 6,200-7,300 pounds. 

2WD Models: The 2WD models, fitted (exclusively) with a 3.73 ratio, had a towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds. 

4WD Models: In contrast, the 4WD models, which used a higher 4.10 ratio, boasted a greater towing capacity of up to 7,300 pounds.

This increased capacity in the 4WD models was attributed not only to the higher axle ratio, but also to their greater Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR).

6.8L (V10) Towing Capacity

Overall: Excursions equipped with the 6.8L engine demonstrated a towing capacity ranging from 9,600 to 10,000 pounds, influenced by axle ratios and drive types, but it was only a minor difference.

2WD Models: 2WD models with the 6.8l engine could tow up to 10,000 pounds, no matter what axle ratio you had.

4WD Models: In contrast, 4WD models equipped with the higher 4.10 ratio were capable of that higher 10,000 pound rating, while the models with a 3.73 ratio had a lower capacity of up to 9,600 pounds, highlighting the impact of the axle ratio on the vehicle's towing capabilities for the 4WD models.

7.3L (Diesel) Towing Capacity

The 2000 Ford Excursion models equipped with the 7.3L diesel engine boasted a maximum towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds, across the board.

This impressive capability was consistent across all variants, regardless of the axle ratio or whether the vehicle was a 2WD or 4WD model, demonstrating the robust power of the 7.3L diesel engine in the Excursion lineup.

How To Find The Information You Need...

Like I mentioned earlier, you will need to know a few things about your vehicle to figure out just how much you can pull. Let's look at how to go about finding that information, real quick, shall we?

VIN Lookup 2

VIN Decoder (driving-tests.org)

Vin Decoder: Using a VIN decoder online is free and it will give you two out of the three things you need, right out the gate.

Just grab your VIN and plug it into any online VIN decoder and it will give you the engine used in the vehicle and whether it was a 2WD or 4WD version.

Your VIN can be found on the vehicle itself, and the two locations that are the easiest to find are on your dashboard (driver's side) or on the safety certification label, which is located on the driver's side door pillar or the door itself and will have the VIN on it.

Axle Ratio: The axle ratio might be trickier to figure out because it does typically require more work to figure out, for vehicles of this age. If you open your driver's side door and look on the pillar or the door, you will find a safety certification label, like I mentioned earlier.

Along the bottom of this label, you can find the word "AXLE" printed and below that should be a code. All you need to do is take that code and look it up online to figure out your axle ratio, due to there not being an axle code "cheat sheet" available for these later model year vehicles.

If you happen to look on the label and it turns up no axle code or you can't read the code, then you will either have to have a dealership run the VIN for you to see if they can help figure it out, or you will have to climb under the vehicle and look for a tag on the rear differential. A number will be stamped into a small metal tag that should contain the number you are looking for, but be aware that these tags can be hard to find and hard to read, sometimes.

The information in this article was researched using Ford's Towing Guide, which is available to view by anyone.

Last updated on January 4th, 2024 at 06:02 pm

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