1999 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Most Disappointing Vehicle I h

1999 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4)

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Most Disappointing Vehicle I have owned
By Rob on


1999 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Requires the most maintenance of any vehicle I have owned. Timing chain tensioner (twice), emission control pump, ball joints (all), intake manifold gaskets, transmission valve assembly, O2 sensors (twice), required new transmission at 94K, the list goes on ... Some of these were covered under warranty. FORD so far has been unwilling to back the transmission. I had the vehicle into a FORD dealer at least 5 times between 30k and 75K (when the extended warranty ran out) and every time I was told that it was OK. Transmission failed at 94K. Pretty poor for a vehicle that is used as a daily driver and only hauled a small aluminum boat on a handful of occasions. Will NEVER buy another FORD.

Best Features

Vehicle is relatively comfortable and has a useful layout. This does not make up for poor build quality and reliability.

Worst Features

More reliability all the way around. Transmission, auto transfer case, engine etc, appear to be weak points.
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