I've had this vehicle sence '95 new,bought it for the 2 doors and standard transmittion,and 4wd. I've had no major problems. Now It has 223000 mlies on it and still going. to bad ford did away with the 2 door explorer and the standard transmition. for that reason I hope my '95 holds up for another 5years or more...
A 2 door that is the size of most other modles 4 doors
Bought this vehicle from my parents over a year ago. My mom used it for her main vehicle. Bought it with 183k miles on it, but I knew this vehicle's history since I was a kid when it was purchased. It now has 194k miles on it and it is running as good as new. Hasn't leaked one drop of any fluid. I routinely get 20-22 mpg with a mix of city/highway driving. Still nice to drive. Body has very little rust. Paint is still great. Wash/polish/wax as often as possible. This vehicle is a testament to what happens if you take care of a car. I expect to take this Explorer to 250k miles. Maybe more. One of the best Fords myself or my family has owned!
Interior room, 4x4 is great with WI winters. Quiet, great fuel economy for an SUV.
Ride isn't as plush as other SUVs. More power would have been nice, but it does the job.
Bought used at 58K miles. Taken it to 110K. For when we bought it, it was a good car, in terms of ride and features. The ride's always felt a little vague and tippy, but that comes with the class. Great in snow. Had to deal w/the tire recall, multiple front end failures (ball joints X2, tie rods etc.) and now cruise control switch fire hazard. I've put in $5600 in repairs over 8 years (not including oil). $700 per year avg. We drive low mileage, around town, and follow maintenance schedules.
4WD, absolutely. One of the easiest to use when we got it, and still works like a charm.
Engine is a little underpowered, and mpg horrid. Also, FORD quality doesn't compare to my Honda sedan. Two life-threatening issues: bad tires, and car-fire inducing cruise control switch.