My '01 Explorer has the Sport Package,
which I think makes the truck look nice
and beefy. The 4.0 liter V6 is pretty
although with the towing package's 4.10
rear gears, mileage isn't spectacular.
The 5-speed automatic does compensate
well, though. I've towed 5,500lb.
worth of 23' enclosed trailer with a
Dodge Viper inside, and it did
admirably well for a V6.
Interior has held up well except for a
smally squeak in the center console's
CD changer area.
We only had one recall, and that was
for the driver's side seat mechanism.
I've been impressed with the Explorer
enough to purchase it when it came off
Features for the money. Power.
Visibility. Safety (mine has side
airbags). Towing ability. Beefy looks
with Sport Package. 4-wheeling
ability. CD changer in center console.
A few squeaks. Weird-feeling grained
steering wheel (I switched mine out for
leather). I wish mine had the Premium