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.