I bought my 2000 Explorer Limited just before the intro of the 2001. I average 18.4 in town and 20 highway and have 135,000 miles on it. I went thru the tire recall and a couple other minor recalls, but have throughly enjoyed this SUV. It's been garage kept and looks nearly as good today as the day a bought it. I really take care of my SUV as it is my second most expensive investment after my house. I'm not happy that the value has dropped so badly, but that's American for you. I'll drive this thing until either it or I dies. If I had my time to do over, I probably would have gotten the AWD.
The cargo area is the largest in this mid-size range.
I'm only 5'10'' so it's not a problem for me, but the driver's seat is as far back as possible. If I was 6', I'd feel cramped.
I sold my 1999 Miata (sigh) - needed more room, haul a trailer, etc. I purchased my Limited with 87,000 miles on the clock. After replacing the original shocks and doing a tune-up we loaded it up and headed on a 6,000 mile vacation. Once I got used to the very truckish handling (a shock after the "your thoughts are my command" demeanor of the Miata), I learned to love this vehicle. Now at 108,000 miles, I would rate this as (gasp!) one of the most trouble free and usable vehicles I've ever owned. It pulls down a very respectable 17 city/22 hwy fuel economy and handles any chore I throw at it. I also bought a 1998 with a V8. The SOHC V6 performed just as well with double the fuel economy.
I love the MACH sound system and the steering wheel controls, the heated seats are nice in the winter and the AC does a super job. Oh, and did I mention great gas mileage?
A little wider footprint and lower center of gravity (as per the 2002 model) and a little less nervous suspension would make this a well rounded vehicle.
This is my second Limited Edition Ford
Explorer. I kept the first one for ten
years. I have never had to do more
than change the oil. I traded in my
1990 Limited for the V8 in 2000. The
V8 made the car more even fun to
drive. I even test drove the BMW X5
and still chose my Explorer. I believe
my car is, flat out, the best SUV on
the market and no where near the most
expensive. I have driven this car for
fourteen years and it still puts a
smile on my face too this day!
The V8 engine, Comfort, Reliability,
Maintenance Plan, Stereo, Cargo
mirrors and compass. Trip computer and
ability to gauge fuel range precisely
to the mile.
Exterior plastic moulding and Interior
plastic wood trim could be better.
Improve fuel economy. If you had a
hybrid I'd buy it. Design the car to
engage other vehicles protective
structures. I don't want people in
regular cars afraid of being hit by my
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