Wife bought new 94. Couple of minor recalls taken care of by Ford dealer. Wife neglected oil in 2000 for over a year, and became sludge- had to flush engine oil. But still runs fine. average 17mpg. get 19 hwy. Routine care otherwise. Inside passenger back door handle mechanisms abused by kids and wife replaced herself! Needs front wheel bearings replaced and repacked now but thats it. 140000 miles now.
Comfort. Auto light system.
Better mileage-but what can you expect from early SUV's.
I love this vehicle. but seem to have a little gremlin in the rlectrical system. Keep having components that will work for a while, then die, only to start working again later. Cannot trace the prob;lem down. A real pain. Fuel cost is on the high side with only abou 16 mp/g on good days. But it's paid for and looks great. 4WD tends to grind a bit and really kills the turn radius. But works like a charm when needed on ice and snow. Center cosnsole is vinyl not leather. Rear bass speaker practically impossible to change. Paint is not holding up to bird droppings. Abysmal acceleration in 6-cyl.
Leather interior with unique Sea Foam Green interior. Rear disc breaks with drum emergency system.
Simplify the electrical system and improve fuel economy. Modularize the rear Bass speaker. Factory remote-start/keyless entry option. Improve top coat on exterior. Improve acceleration.
Bought this 6 cylinder SUV in '99 with 43k miles and currently has 135k miles on it. Hadn't had ANY major problems with it until now -- transmission needs a rebuild as I write this. But primarily have just done routine basic maintenance and it has served well. It still runs well -- no engine noise, leaks, etc. but the 2nd gear is shot. Still looks good and am hoping that after repair this vehicle will continue to serve me well for as many years as I can get out of it. Good value for the money.
6-disc changer with JBL system, dual power seats, console notification system (i.e. change oil), nice leather seats, numbered key-entry on the driver's door (locked-up keys a few times -- no problem).
KNOWN TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS needs improvement! Needs higher profile with larger tires.