1993 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: keeps on truckin'

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By jaykva on


1993 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


Just spent the day looking at newer, used SUVs and this '93 XLT remains with us. At 175K miles moved from DC to New Mexico, loaded down with stuff, dogs and clamshell on roof and got 21 MPG (cruise set on 70). Tranny died a week later, but that's to be expected (hey, it got us here!). $1800 rebuild was worth it. Still leaks no oil at 186K miles. Sure, the gas gauge has never worked, but that's about my only complaint, use the trip meter. Put new tires on it and rides much better. Original A/C compressor still works. Should go 250K for me or someone else, easily. Compared with newer Acura and Trooper SUVs and it wasn't much of an upgrade to spend between $6K-$10K more on a newer, used SUV.

Best Features

4.0L V6 ... darn near indestructible. Amazed it still takes no oil. A couple of bad snow storms in DC in early '00s were absolutely no problem with this rig.

Worst Features

Gas gauge on ours never worked. Mother-in-law had a '91 and gauge never worked for her either. Her '91 died with lack of maintenance at 205K miles ... ours should go 250K miles.
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