I plan to keep my Explorer until the most expensive thing that can go wrong, goes wrong. I have only had 1 small part replaced since I bought it in 2002. I cannot imagine driving a car again. I am spoiled. It has over 110,000 miles on it and I have had no major repairs, only wear and tear items. Yes it gets 15 - 16 miles per gallon, but when you are not making payments that quite a savings.
Heater and air conditioner instantly performs. Heated side mirrors, suspension system-air ride system. Comfortable leather seats and lots of cargo space. And the color, I love my beige Explorer, very classy look.