As a family who buys new cars and drives them into the ground, I should not complain about the Explorer. I bought this car new in 1998 for about $20,600. At the time this was a very good deal. It was the base model with 5 speed and no roof rack, rear wiper or rear defrost. Good service with no work done until about 80K. It then started eating brakes like candy. Intake manifold went at 90K, and cost $600 to fix at a reasonably priced mechanic. Replaced a front axle hub for $300. Shouldn't be complaining at 107K, but no resale value and my two other vehicles are at 110K '92 Dodge Pickup and 195K - 91 Chrysler. Both still going strong. No more Fords, bought an Xterra.
Roomy, good ride, reliable 5 speed transmission. Averaged 19 MPG. Good body integrity, no rust after 8 years.
Poor resale, expensive parts compared to GM & Chrysler. Base model has no amenities. Weak brakes. Buy an Explorer only if you lease or trade every 3 or 4 years and want to keep driving Fords.