So far so good
By Rufus on
2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
This isn't my daily driver, but it has been basically reliable so far. The plastic underneath the rear hatch glass cracked inexplicably a few months ago, but that has been the only significant problem. Good highway ride, good in the snow, plenty of room for hauling stuff around. Rear A/C with controls up front is a very nice feature even if you don't have people in the back, because it gets the cabin frosty cold in a hurry even on hot days (American cars always seem to have better, stronger AC than Japanese for some reason). On the highway, mileage isn't horrible for such a big heavy vehicle, but it stinks in town. I expect I'll be getting several more years out of it.
4WD, Rear A/C, hauling capacity, ride.
Mileage, stronger rear window frame design, quieter engine (not bad w/windows up - but a little loud when down.)