I bought this truck new and have never
owned a more useful or reliable vehicle
(22+ cars/trucks over the years). With
over 146K miles it continues to look &
perform very good, and still has no
squeaks or rattles. The only
mechanical failures I've had were the
front sway bar links (recall item) and
an idler pulley at 105K. Over the past
few thousand miles I've noticed a very
slight delay in the transmission
engaging when I shift from park to
reverse and occasionally hear a
soft "thunking" coming from the front
transfer case, but can't find anything
else to complain about. I love this
truck! I'd highly recommend these
older series of Explorers (95-00).
Reliability, fit and finish, car-like
comfort with truck-like utility. Good
handling and turn radius. The front
seats are very comfortable (I've never
ridden in the back). Nice JBL sound
system/CD changer. Very ergonomic
layout for the driver.
It'd be nice if the rear seats folded
flatter to create a more level cargo
bed. Also could use about a half inch
more interior width to make loading 4x8
material a little easier. Wider cup
holders were added in later years, but
they're a minor issue with the 95.
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