My Last Ford
By Phil on
2003 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
This is my 7th (and last) Ford. I bought it used with 34000 miles on it four years ago. It now has 61500 miles on it, and in that time I have replaced: the rear differential, the rear axle seals, the rear main seal, the oil pan gasket, the cruise control servo, the transmission cooler, and both front wheel bearings. Thank goodness I bought the extended warranty. Also, the paint is peeling at the corners of the hood. I have seen many Explorer's do this, and have heard it is a problem with many of them. The third row seat is nice, but doesn't allow much room for any cargo.
Comfortable, great features, 4WD is great in the snow.
Ride is rough and noisy with not too aggressive tires. Steering is touchy, feels unstable at times. Poor reliability in my experience.