2001 Ford Explorer Sport Consumer Review: Ford - Quality is Job One????

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Ford - Quality is Job One????
By TreManFoo on


2001 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


Abosolutely pitiful build quality. The dashboard rattles and squeeks incessantly from no less than three different areas. And the center console makes a loud knocking noise while driving, the cheap plastic began cracking after less than two months on the road. Let's see...the overhead console dangles from the roof because only 2 of the four screws were actually installed at the factory; and my favorite - the doors are made out of recycled beer cans, I believe. When you close the doors you get a crashing metal-on-metal sound, not the nice solid "whoomp" that other new vehicles (that cost far less, btw) exhibit. The ride is terrible...wear your kidney belt.

Best Features

The Premium stereo w/ 6-disk in-dash changer sounds incredible. The motor is the most redeeming quality of the truck. Plenty of get-up-and-go, whether you are leaving a stop light or passing on a 2-lane highway. Good cargo space for a truck this size.

Worst Features

MAKE A BETTER VEHICLE! This truck reeks of being an afterthought, a creation from Ford's leftover parts bin. I can't believe they had the gall to put a $29,000 sticker on this heap. I am actually getting ready to cough up $4,000 just to end the lease early.
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