2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I bought this truck in 2008 at 39k miles. It had a knocking in the front end when I turned corners. I was told it was tie rods and charged 1000 bucks to fix. No problems driving until the familiar clunk happened again last year that was worse with cold weather but eased up in warm. I got under the truck and noticed that the sway bar link rubber gasket had been totally eaten up by the mount. 15 bucks for a new one..then did the other side for fun since it was easy and cheap. I bet that was what it was when I payed 1000 bucks 7 years ago. I am now at 112k and replaced all the shocks, brake pads and the two front rotors though the front right was the only one that needed it. I put new tires on it and it now rides like it did when I bought it in 08. the rear differential seal had a gradual leak that I replaced myself as well this past weekend. It is the XLT with all leather seats and rubber floors. it is so easy to clean and no seat stains! The electric rear window is nice and I love the bed extender. The family can ride in it comfortably when I need them to as well. I thought about trading in for a 2010 but there is nothing wrong with the truck after all the maintenance work has been done. I'm going to keep it for a while longer.
2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT Rwd 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Replaced Good year Tires RTS at 10k ( dealer replace) then again they wore out at 40K .
Tranny replaced at 37K miles. Shocks replaced at 40K miles ALl new Front end & ball joints replaced at 40K miles. Bearings replaced at 40k miles.
Got new Michelin LTX M+S at 40K miles now rides like a dream if you ROTATE tires every 10k miles.
Now after fixing Front end stuff & getting new tires
love the ride.
Sirius Sat Radio
ability to configure Haul
& tow with convertible
bed/ with cover and flip out extended rails to
almost a 6 ft bed when necessary!
MOVE that HEATED SEAT SWITCH
form seat to the dash!!!
Give this vehicle a front end with grease fittings for ball joints
and give it coil springs.. This vehicle will never stay aligned or stop wearing out tires with the current front end setup.
Whomever is manufacturing your transmissions you need to give them the boot. Mine went out at 37K miles.. Glad I bout the extended warranty for 1800.
The tranny cost $3200 and dealer had my vehicle for 1 month..
Luckily because of warranty I was in a rental car!
Got 6yr 100k warranty.. still riding on it in 2012!