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1999 Ford Explorer SUV - Consumer Reviews

1999 Ford Explorer SUV

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1999 Mistake
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By Thomas Wolfe
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1999 Ford Explorer SUV XLS 4dr SUV


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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.


Best Features

Traction in snow.


Worst Features

Transmission power/acceleration. Better design on 4WD shift motor.


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Not so bad
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By Cheryl
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1999 Ford Explorer SUV XLS 4dr SUV 4WD


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Purchased the car three years ago with about 60K miles. I loved the car and am just now hearing "whining" noises ... feel a little slippage from the transmission between 2nd and 3rd gears. Contemplating whether to fix the transmission or trade it in. I do love having an suv, sun roof, etc. It's roomy and I like the looks -- it also handles well in the winter. Until now, I've loved owning it and had no problems. However, it appears I have a transmission issue at this point and I'm not sure whether to replace transmission or not. Overall, I've enjoyed owning it. It did have relatively high mileage when I purchased it. Exterior and interior remains great.


Best Features

Sunroof, and roominess.


Worst Features

Improve interior design, work on transmission functionality.


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Explorer has been reliable & very useful
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By Jerry Gossett
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1999 Ford Explorer SUV XL 4dr SUV


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Owned since new. Has been a very good & reliable vehicle. No major repairs needed other than to replace rear window motor & regulator in 2004 costing $340. Paint still looks excellent. No rattles. V-6 engine runs well & gets very good mileage for SUV. Local 14.5-17 mpg & on road 18-24 mpg. With street-type tires Explorer is quiet & rides good - combination off-road/ street tires are noisy & rough. Wheel alignment stays well. Nothing falling apart in interior. Steering is starting to whine a little at 55,400. Very handy for hauling furniture, boxes, etc. No major complaints!


Best Features

Usability: very handy vehicle. Holds 5 comfortably and with the rear seats down, it can hold a lot. V-6 has good power on hills, etc. without pinging.


Worst Features

Ventilation: Must have air conditioning on to shut off outside air (exhaust from other cars) and still have fan circulating. Cup holders could have better placement.


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Good Solid American SUV
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By Ken
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1999 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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My 1999 Explorer 4WD XLT has been a good all-purpose family vehicle for mostly around-town driving, vacations and 3 cross country trips in summer and winter. The 4WD was useful for those Illinois snowstorms as well as crossing the Sierra Nevada Mts, the Ozarks gravel roads and various other places. The normal 2WD offered a fair gas mileage of about 17mpg in the city (I drive conservatively) and about 20 on the highway. Notable Interior features I likes were the dual power outlets, 6 CD changer, overhead temperature readout (outside) and compass direction (useful more than I would like to admit). The split rear fold down seats were functionally useful. Normal maintenance required only.


Best Features

4WD with powerful engine. Comfortable environment inside/good ride for SUV. Overhead temp/compass. 6 CD changer plus 1 in console, dual power outlets. Good cargo with split rear fold down. Good exterior styling. Keyless entry.


Worst Features

2nd power outlet at feet of passenger.


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Great truck
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By Scott
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1999 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD


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Truck has been great mileage 19 city 22 highway. Awd is perfect in the Indiana winters. Heated seats loaded up Ford made a winner. just wish i had the 3rd row seat like the 2000. Ride is quick and smooth. Not as smooth as my 95 ltd but smooth. I have 111,000 miles no wrench turning as of yet.


Best Features

Power 4wheel drive leather heated seats fuel milage


Worst Features

Fix radio display problem the display go out. About a $100 fix


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