I bought this car for myself and handed it over to my teenage daughter for her first car. We have had very little problems with the vehicle. She drives it all over to softball games. I would definitely buy another one.
Great for long trips. Comfortable and trustworthy.
Can't really complain too much. Get about 20 miles to the gallon.
Bought it 67 months ago. No major problems. The radio was replaced, but nothing else. As long as you maintain it, expect no problems. Wish it was worth something for trade in. Will probably give it to family instead of trading it for peanuts!
The V8 and AWD setup was the best drivetrain for all around performance.
Ford took care of most issues with the newest generation Explorer.
I hated Ford since the purchase date
because they promised repainting due to
"acid rain issue" but never followed
through. Overall my XL served well but
no options causes a quick lack of
interest. Choose wisely.
Bought used with 89K, Have fixed only
minor issues. 4.0 OHV is slightly
lacking on steep highway grades, but
very reliable, and reasonably efficient
for a vehicle this heavy. 5SP auto
transmission is still smooth at over
100K mi. The cargo space is great, and
the seats are comfortable on long trips.
Auto 4x4 lets the truck claw its way
around in wet/snowy weather, even
off-roading I've rarely needed 4HI/4LO.
Hasn't let me down yet!
My only complaints:
- Rides like a truck, go figure.
- Water collects in the roof channels
during rain, then spills over the
windshield when you first move the truck.
- Tinted rear window scratches easily.
- Control Trac Auto 4x4
- Puddle Lamps under side mirrors
- Keyless entry keypad
- Cargo area door lock switch.
- Rear seat A/C and radio controls.
- Needs front tow hooks.
- Improve ride.
- Make rear glass more resistant to
- Dashboard needs flat recesses for
maps, etc. (or maybe not having them is
a safety feature?)
- Brakes could be a bit stronger.
- Transmission needs to be heavier for
more than light duty towing.