My family members have bought
approximately 10 Ford vehicles since we
purchased a 1988 Aerostar. All have
been exceptional vehicles except for
our recent experience with our 1997
Explorer. The transmission began having
shifting problems at 62K. When I
returned it to the dealer, I was told
we needed a remanufactured transmission
which cost $2400. Quite a shock and no
explanation from the dealer except "it
happens." Appealing to Ford directly.
Comfortable. Rides better since
replacing Winderness tires with
Bridgestone ATs. Mechanically sound
except for transmission.
4L engine w/o SOHC poor performer.
Transmission replaced 62K.
Maintenance at 62K cost another $1K --
brakes, stuck thermostat, coolant
flush, PS flush, throttle body
cleaning. Like the ride/feel of our
2002 Explorer much better. SOHC makes
world of difference.