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By worth it
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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i bought my 1992 Explorer 5 years ago with about 150000 miles on it. I bought it for $700. It rode okay and I thought it was worth the try for the money. I now have over 298000 on it and haven't had to do anything but change oil, brakes, tires and a tune up. Best buy for the money I have ever bought


Favorite Features

Reliable


Suggested Improvements

Push button 4x4 switch to a manual or one that doesn't go out. Better door handles


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By tbirdman
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought it with 400 000kms in surrey BC, moved to Saskatchewan with it, drive it daily on rough gravel road. Tthe engine runs like new, uses no oil in 2000 miles of driving. Transmission is original and untouched, (fluid changes every 5000 kms help) Motor has never been opened, has K/N air filter,and performance chip. Just put 31" MTs on it (no they don't rub) Will keep driving it until it dies.


Favorite Features

The 4x4 was only limited to my size and kind of tire. Now with 31's it goes everywhere no problem. It's a blast to drive.


Suggested Improvements

Wish I would have gotten one with a V8


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Great car
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By Matthew Smrzlick
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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We purchased this car with 150,000 miles. It now has 364,000 miles and if still going fine except for the transmission and transfer case. It is so shot that it actually causes it to overheat while trying to shift. You have to drive it like a manual. You start off in first and work your way to drive. It actually makes this humming noise like it is an electric car. Other than that it runs fine.(We can only go to school and back though or else it over heats). The only other complaint is that the windows fall off the tracks too much and we have given up trying to keep the on track. Also the locking mechanism in the door handle fell out and had to be replaced and the hinge is messed up.


Favorite Features

Leather, mostly cracked and gone though, power seats, power locks.


Suggested Improvements

Better windows. Every Ford we have owned the windows falls off track. The Taurus, Focus, and Contour also did.


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Quarter Millionaire
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By Explored
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Rolling up to a quarter million miles on my Explorer, I can't complain a whole lot. The total repair costs in the last 8 years, since I bought it was $9,108, equivalent to a $95 per month car payment. Ususally there are 2 to 3 repairs per year, about $300 each time. Note that everything went wrong at 175,000, so I spent $3,000 in repairs over 1000 miles (most of that was rebuilding the transmission). The next 60,000 miles were great. At 235,000 another $2,000 in repairs because I messed things up myself (didn't tighten new headlight; it fell out of socket and burnt engine wiring and everyting in path). At quarter- million, cracked cylinders - expensive fix >3K, said no. Still good parts


Favorite Features

Headroom. Note that 1992 Explorer and 2002 Explorer are same height, but '02 is higher off ground. That means the '92 has more interior height. It feels spacious, especially if you have a big head or wear a 10 gallon hat. Also, the dual visors are a feature the 92's have that the new ones don't.


Suggested Improvements

Actually, I wish they made the new ones like the old ones.


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Reliable
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By Vic
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought my '92 XLT 4X4 about 8 years ago with about 50k miles on it. It has been by far one of the most reliable vehicles I've ever owned. It has never It has never left me stranded. It is also a very capable off-road vehicle. I have been on countless Arizona back roads through mud, snow and silt. It plows through with no problems.


Favorite Features

Interior room - large people ride comfortably in the back seat. This can't be said about Toyotas and Nissans with back seats designed for children. Durable Iinterior. It still looks like new after a wash.


Suggested Improvements

Seat belts are too high...they creep up your neck which is annoying. Engine is underpowered. I overcame some of this by installing a SuperChip. Arm rest support brackets break too easily. Exterior door handles flop around when an internal spring breaks.


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1992 Ford is been a good work house
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By John
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I am the a owner of a 1992 Ford Explorer and have found that the fuel effeciy of the vehicle is very well. I on average get 18-20 around town and have got 26 mpg on the highway but this was using cruise. The truck performance around the farm as been great. It has not gotten stock.The body looks brand new and the truck has nver left me somewere. The truck has 122,000 miles and still get better mph then my new Ford


Favorite Features

4WD and the large space inside


Suggested Improvements

The fuel economy rating is a little low. It should be 19 city and 20 highway because I have calculated if for a whole year and this is the average I came up with


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Catch the wind!
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By flowernymph
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I have had great luck with my Explorer but that only really bad thing is, it is a WIND CATCHER! I drive in many areas of high wind and it is always a deal to handle. Otherwise, it is great.


Favorite Features

Seats are comfortable and it is easy to handle in deep rain puddles.


Suggested Improvements

Improvements would be to get rid of the way it catches wind and improve some on the console.


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By wingnutkev
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I enjoy the truck like ride and hieght of the vehical. I also enjoy the capacity for toating everything from dogs to my work equipment. I dislike that I've been through 3 transmissions and that the engine lacks power and acceleration. My vehical has over 200,000 miles and only so much can be expected. It had 120000 miles when I purchased it. It is easy to work on. A few quirks here and there but there hasnt been much on it go that I haven't been able to fix myself.


Favorite Features

Storage capacity


Suggested Improvements

Ford did improve the engine and transmission which would be my two largest complaints.


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Four wheel drive not worth it
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By kwhiting
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Not only to I agree with the above review citing TRANSMISSION problems, but I was recently informed that after about 100,000 miles the head has a tentancy to crack due to poor manufacturing. Repairs for this are over $3000, and this was on top of a transmission problem last year and a fuel injection probelm costing over $400 the year before. I rated the confort as fair, that is, when the seat was not falling backward due to a broken screw so far within the seat, it woudl need to be replaced to fix the problem. If you're thinking of buying an Explorer, any year, please look at a Pathfinder or a Toyota.


Favorite Features

Four wheel drive when the "Exploder" is running, it'll plow through any snow, mud, whatever... I do like the trunk space, I could haul anything, and overall appearance is nice.


Suggested Improvements

Recall, recall, recall. Please Ford, start being honest and stand behind your product.


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after 11 years
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By Red
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1992 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Rides like a hay wagon, sits rattle, no pick-up, parts are made very cheapt


Favorite Features

is an suv


Suggested Improvements

get a complete new suspension system, engine is noisy and should have been made better. brakes should be bigger to stop this heavy vehicle


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