I have owned my Explorer for a year now and I actually like it. It's a 1999 XLS. I like the style of the XLS because it gives you the sporty look of the sport version in a four door. Although it is under powered on the highway with its OHV 4.0 V-6, it does well off road and with towing situations. Overall it is a good dependable truck but would fare better with the OHC engine or the v-8.
XLS grille and ground clearance is great. Very roomy.
More balanced hp to weight ratio. I believe it would actually give it better gas mileage.
Bought new. Transmission started to slip just past 36k after expiration of warranty. Top heavy - almost rolled. Replaced 4 wheel drive shift motor twice - poor design. Replaced idle air control valve at 40k. Poor fuel economy especially with air on. NO POWER / ACCELERATION. No resale value. Pluses. Great in snow! Other than yawing feels quite safe. Plenty of interior room great storage - good visibility.
Traction in snow.
Transmission power/acceleration. Better design on 4WD shift motor.
This vehicle is not very good. It is
underpowered and has many little
problems. Everything from not being
able to keep the wheels aligned even
when dirving carefully to the rear
windshield wiper working
occasionally. The inside feels cheap
and plasticy and the resale is
The stereo is alright eventhough the
CD player broke after about a month
Just do away with it, now that will be
a great improvement.