I bought this car from a friend, knowing it had some problems, a few interior lights didn't work, a couple scratches, but nothing major. They owned it for 8 years and it was great for them. I got it and it was fine for a month. A few days past a month and the #3 spark plug blew when I started the engine. I had to have it towed and serviced which cost me $574.67. Then the mechanic told me if I had to floor it or accel quick for some reason it was very likley it could happen again. Im getting rid of it before anything else goes. It rides great, 4wd is great, and so is ground clearence. I went offroad once and it did fine in 2wd. Gas mileage is 10-12. I would recommend it, but only the 4.6l v8.
The power and performance, if (the big if) using it wasn't risking destroying the car. The seats are extremely comfortable and the room.
Get a whole new engine. Turbocharge or supercharge the 4.6L V8. At least that engine isn't shooting out spark plugs.
At 83,000 miles the only work that has been done on the auto is throttle body cleaning at 80,000 miles and replacement of one coil at around 50,000 miles. Survived a strong hit from Ford Explorer with little damage and no one hurt. Mileage at 20mpg on highway which is good for a large SUV. Cannot get rid of it because it has been so very reliable and secure. Good driving position. Simple dash and plain styling and truck-like ride but big and safe. Rear back up sensor works great. Thanks.
Side air bags. Decent gas mileage and good comfortable driving position.
Newer models have all the bells and whistles that these older one do not have, but there is goodness/reliability in simplicity at times. Would buy again. Would get 5.4L motor even though 4.6 is adequate except in the hills or when fully loaded.
We have had this truck less than one year and it has left us stranded more than 4 times! The mechanic has made over $1,000 dollars for repairs on this truck. First the air bags broke, we replaced them with springs, then the battery went out, then the alternator broke, then the fuel pump needed to be replaced. I told my husband not to buy a Ford, now were both paying for it. Stick to Honda, mine has never had a problem, it's ten years old 120,000 miles and still going. Were getting rid of this piece of junk.
Overall I've been pleased since I had the driver seat reworked. I can't believe I haven't seen more complaints about the uncomfortable leather seats. It had the most uncomfortable seat I'd ever sat in. The back was so hard and bumped outward. I had the lumbar disconnected and added padding, so it's ok now. Have had no mechanical problems and have 60k miles. Just replaced the battery. The front passenger air bag works intermitently, it will cost $300 to fix. I love the roomy cup holding area. It fits all my creature comforts, Kleenex box, drinks, hand sanitizer etc. Plus the huge console compartment. I hate the obstructed view where the side mirrors are. That took some getting used to.
Love the roomy console area. Good interior design. Best air conditioner I've ever had.
Make the view less obstructed where the side mirrors are (too big an area for blinds spots.) More comfortable seats and needs hanger hooks in the back cargo area.
I purchased this vehicle after owning an Explorer for about 4 years. I wanted something a little bigger to haul kids, friends, dogs. Explorer didn't have 3rd seat yet. I love this car. We've driven it a long time for family trip, etc. including 2 large dogs. I love this car, it's just time to start looking for something newer and with a 3rd seat that folds in instead of has to be taken out (very heavy).
The look of the 4WD is so much cooler than the 2WD. I love my CD changer (10 disk). I will miss that the most.
I'm glad they went to a 3rd seat that folds into the car and doesn't have to be taken out.