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2 time transmission victim
By wjohnstone74 on
2003 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I owned this truck for 4 years.
In that time it blew two transmissions, all the wheel bearings, two sets of brakes all around, broke a rear spring, cracked rear hatch plastic, seized steering column, two doors that would not close in cold weather, a door that would not lock, a blown
coil probably other things too.
One of the worst cars I have ever known, reliability wise.
I did really enjoy driving it, engine was a fuel pig but really smooth.
4wd worked ok, it was basically full time, but only with rear wheel slippage.
I tried to get help from Ford when the second tranny blew, but nope.
So to heck with them, I own all Japanese now (Ridgeline and Lexus) and they are nearly flawless
4wd, V8 - while a pig - ran flawless.
Interior build quality, two tone leather, etc.
Perhaps reimburse the money I spent on TWO crappy transmissions.
I told Ford I would buy an F150 if they did, but they didn't offer any help.
I am now the proud owner of a flawless Ridgeline, which incidentally has 238,000km on it.
So farewell to North American automobiles.