I never in a million years thought i
would be writing a glowing review of a
Ford but here I am! My V8 currently has
189000 on the clock and it has been
almost completely trouble free for over
60K miles. Regular tranny service and
oil changes, upper and lower ball
joints, an idler pulley, brake pads,
one rotor, fuel pump (may not have even
been bad) and a new set of Continental
tires. I have read the 6cyl is crap but
the V8 has a great engine/tranny setup.
gas mileage is HORRIBLE, i average
14MPG. Avoid the 6, get the 8, you will
pass everything but gas stations! Ride
is good on smooth roads but if there
are bumps in the road you will know it.
Killer V8 power, power leather seats
are way too comfy, brakes stop it on a
dime, handles great. Controls are easy
Better gas mileage, better bump and
Bought my Explorer new in late '95 and
its been very reliable ever since.
Just basic maintenance, brakes, tires.
O2 sensor replaced a while back but
that was pretty cheap. 86000 miles now
and still going strong.
Styling still holds up, tough SUV,
Might have bought the V8 if I did over,
otherwise, no complaints.
This has been an extremely reliable
vehicle. It's never been out of service.
Most miles are highway at or above speed
limits, but quite a few are off-road in
Colorado mountains. The ride is not very
good on-highway and is jarring off-road.
AWD is faultless. Overall MPG about
16-17, OK considering CO winter fuel.
Interior and exterior design were
state-of-the-art when bought,are still
OK but dated.Interior still makes sense.
I rate performance high because it has
always done what I asked- towed
trailers, off-roaded, passed in tight
situations, stopped well in emergency
situations. I still haven't added a
quart of oil between changes. Result: my
next SUV will be an Explorer.
When I bought, night-time illumination
of EVERY control EVERWHERE was a
revelation. Now, it's common. Next, AWD.
I have never detected wheels slipping in
any circumstance, and I've been in some
extreme places and bad situations.
Ride quality (which I understand has
been addressed by the 2002 re-design);
more cargo space (also, I think
addressed by the 2002 re-design).
Seven years ago, found my Eddie
Bauer with 10K, loved the drive, the
computer/systems check, the moonroof &
cockpit style interior, Picked up the
girls from practice and took it for a
test drive. A thumbs up from the back
seat - cushy leather, stereo controls,
a/c vents, cup holders and plenty of
cargo space for bags. Consumer Reports
it a good rating, price was right...so
we made the deal...seven years later I
still smile everytime I get behind the
wheel. It's been an extremely reliable
and cost efficient vehicle and we
still love it. Good design never goes
out of style!
Nothing but problems.Oil leak under
chain cover ($525) Transmission ($2500)
Steering column broke ($310.00) + 2
recalls, & many little things.
Disappointing vehicle. Never buy Ford
again. Will buy Toyota to get a real
car. Mechanic who fixed steering wheel
said Ford told him that the Fords have
alot of problems with this steering
wheel problem. I went to turn off my
car and my key just flipped around &
then it would not turn off my
accessories. It was not my starter it
is Actuators and Assy Bracket. My
suggestion is buy another car.There are
many more out there that are better
than the Ford Explorer and Ford all
together. Gas mileage stinks to.