2003 Ford Expedition XLT Premium 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 4A)
Purchased in 2006 with 38K on the clock, the truck now has 145K with no major repairs to engine, transmission,or 4WD system. Considering that I keep more than 1000 pounds of library book samples and other cargo in the truck on a 24/7 basis, I've been surprised as to how serviceable it has been. The fold flat third row beats the heck out of the removable seat on my van. The ride and handling lend credence to most of the professional reviews and road tests. In one emergency maneuver, it definitely saved a few lives! I did have trouble with the front rotors warping, but cross drilled rotors on the front solved that problem for good. I have no plans to sell this truck until it hits 300K.
Ride and handling, especially when fully loaded. Ability to haul more stuff than three average sedans, and get me there and back regardless of the weather. One of the safest passenger vehicles on the road, even as an eight year old!
I think the 2007 model addressed most of the needed improvements!