I've got 180k miles on my explorer and the 4.0L keeps on going! No ticks, knocks, EVERYTHING works including all power windows, locks, cruise, etc. Auto 4x4 kicks in when it needs to, 4 low and high both work outstanding. Might need a new clutch soon, but that's expected. I never liked the explorers much, but I bought this one as a back up vehicle and now it's my daily driver. Despite all of the other negative comments on gas mileage, I get from 18-20 on every fill-up. I think that's good for a big V6. Very happy with my Explorer! The 5 speed manual tranny makes it even more enjoyable! My complimants to Ford on this one.
Good 4x4 design. Handles great in snow, auto works as it should.
My parents ordered this Explorer from the factory, custom-made for them. It has performed well after being shipped around the world, including surviving a typhoon. Regular maintenance is a must, and you will have to fix things as they break. We replaced the CD player with an MP3 player after the 6 disc changer went out. A few minor repairs along the way, but nothing more than a few hundred dollars a year. It's now my college car, and I'm enjoying it! The gas mileage is less than desirable, but it's normal for an SUV. The paint looks excellent with regular washings and waxings. The plastic covering on the driver's side seat has broken from regular use, though. Speakers stink.
Great appearance! Reliable for a car that is over 10 years old. Paint looks great, though the sidebars have rusted unfortunately. Looks better without a luggage rack, too!
Better speakers! Higher quality interior, including plastic molding and armrest covers. Seat belts get stuck in the door a lot because they won't retract all the way. Overall, it's a good car, though!
Based on other responses, I am not the
only one who has had bad experience
with the Ford "Exploder". That's a
typical term from mechanics. I have put
over $3k in repairs to it in the 3
years I owned it. Replaced timing belt,
manifold work, and it has this issue
with stalling whenever it is idle,
fixed it once, won't pay to fix again,
traded it in(and got barely anything
for it), also my horn, power locks, and
rear windshield wiper all quit on me. I
will NEVER buy a FORD again.
I absolutely loved my Ford Explorer
Sport and am going to miss it
terribly. It had 181,000 miles on it
and was still going strong when I
totaled it. I never had a single
mechanical problem other than I had to
replace the transmission at 170,000
miles but that was not unexpected.
My favorite feature was the sporty
I wish the ride could be improved but
with such a short wheel base I think
that's pretty next to impossible.