I have found this to be an excellent vehicle. Interior is as new. Very limited repairs aside from a couple of brake jobs. Michelin tires put on by Ford for free are still serving me. Tows a 4,000 lb. trailer no problem..in the mountains. AWD has proven to be terrific. Have passed stalled/stuck buses, cars, SUV's many times in the mountains. Everything works! 11 years old.
AWD. Leather. Low maintenance. Computer mileage, outside temp V8, towing capacity. Mileage is reasonable for a V8. 20-21 highway
I bought my Explorer 2 years used and have had it for 11 years. It has been extremely reliable with only the expected maintenance issues of a vehicle over time. If I had a child of driving age I would definitely consider this vehicle as a great option!
The ride, the feel, really I love everything about this vehicle!
Ability to turn 4 wheel drive completely off if necessary.
My dad bought me a 1997 Ford explorer about 6 months ago.
Pretty much my only gripe with it is the poor fuel economy.
Other than that, it's fantastic.
I have an XLT with the V8 and AWD.
I am yet to have used the AWD in the snow, but the V8 has supple power and (for a truck) smooth power delivery.
The driver and passenger seat is comfy.
Overall, a great purchase.
10 way power seats... wow.
The two-way liftgate is a bonus.
Plenty of rear cargo space.
And the build quality is outstanding.
No rattles or creaks, and everything still fits tightly.
The headlights could be brighter.
that's about it.
I bought my explorer from carmax with about 36k miles in 98. Initially I had a lot of minor problems going back and forth to carmax and then 1 big problem that never got fully resolved. I had a problem with heating and a/c system switching from heat to air conditioning. After that no major problems with this vehicle lasted a long time 226k before it died on me. The body and interior held up very good still in very good condition. Had a lot of class for an SUV and fun to drive and take on long trips. Overall I was very satisfied with my explorer got my money out of it.
I bought my explorer for $1000 for my first car in august of 2012 with 154,000 on it. Let me tell you this is a badass truck with a lot of power.
I drove it pretty hard, commuting back and forth to school every day for a semester doin about 70 miles a day offroading some weekends and going up to the mountains in west virginia, and using it as a utility vehicle this spring for my landscaping business. Not the most reliable but it was 15 years old, replaced camshaft position sensor, cat flange gasket, alternator, radiator blew and overheated engine and made #4 cylinder thereafter but hell engines made today would be toast after overheating. Recommend getting owner records before buying
V8 power, cheap to buy, comfortable and spacious interior, plenty of room to haul cargo
Better interior build quality, door springs, radiator, bigger steering wheel, wish they had made this a real 4x4 on the v8 equipped model and not full time four wheel drive
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