This little thing has done very well
under some rather tough usage. It's
actually quick and fun to drive - not
at all like it's 4 door big brother
who turns like a boat and rocks and
rolls over bumps like an elephant -but
he does hold more stuff! Keep up the
maintance and little things do go
wrong, but.. it will hang in there.
Quick and easy to drive.
IMprove clutch assembly that we had to
improve twice and access to back seat -
bad for people over 30.
Bought in '97 with 37000miles.
The dealer did a very poor job of
prepping vehicle and a few days later
the wipers were actually shredding
during a heavy rain. Then about 3
months later the differential had to
be replaced. According to my mechanic,
the original leaser must have done a
lot of beach driving because
differential was rusted and full of
sand. I blame that on the dealer (and
me for not having mechanic check
before purchase!). Since then it has
been literally trouble-free... change
oil every 3000miles, brakes when
needed, and it just keeps going. Just
reached 100000miles and am about to
trade it in and get 2003 Explorer.
I have had my Explorer for almost 3
and a half years now and I have put
more than 65000 miles on it. Favorite
vehicle I ever owned. But when she
turned over 100,000 miles all kinds of
sensors started going bad and all had
to be replaced. The camshaft
positioning sensor alone cost over
$600 including the labor. Not to
mention, I am constantly having to
have the steering gear adjusted. I
love my car, and only wished it would
last longer! The repairs have gotten
to be too much, but I will be
purchasing another explorer.
Lots of room, great interior design.
VERY comfortable to drive and great
for roadtrips. Also very
reliable...even with the "Check
Engine" light on, I would not hesitate
to drive it cross country.
MOVE THE GAS PEDAL TO THE LEFT ABOUT 1
INCH!!!!(My shoe always gets caught on
the "hump" in the middle.) Also needs
more power going uphill. And all of
the sensors either need to last
longer, or burn out at different
times. Otherwise, this is a GREAT
At 72K the transmission died. The
second died soon after. The power
stearing leaks. 4wd broken.
Differential leaked. Multiple coolant
leaks. Replaces ball joints both
sides. Ac never worked since I've had
it. Only getting 260 to a tank. Used
to get 340. Even after replacing
mass airflow sensor and both oxygen
sensors, it did not help. I'm even
using factory recommended plugs! Also
have rust forming inside of my door
jams and on the bottom of each door
since the design allows for trapped
water. Now with 150K, I have
developed a new oil leak. Fortunately
I think it's just the valve cover
The cargo space provided by folding
down the rear seats.
Automatic 4 wheel drive assembly.
Moor room for rear passengers. Use
better quality individual engine
components such as gaskets, power
steering units, radiators,
Great vehicle. Like most other Fords,
needed AC work. Fun to drive. Very
reliable. Stylish enough to take on the
town, yet rugged enough to go for a week
in the woods. The fold-down rear seats
make the cargo area very roomy when
needed. ~15 mpg in the city - not bad
for a 10-yr old SUV!
Fold-down rear seats
Gas mileage (for a SUV)
Ford needs to fix the joints on their AC
system. Leak all the time.