Since my 1st review 1 yr and 8 mos ago, it has cost over $4500 to maintain this SUV.
Don't get me wrong - it's still very functional & great to drive. It's never left me stranded. But only
15k miles more (67k) of soft driving turned it into a money pit.
Best ($$$) Goodyear Fortera TripleTred tires only lasted 29k, lots of brake work, rear bearings (fronts went at 50k), and last & certainly not least, just got a rebuilt tranny.
I've owned 12 Fords since 1984, not one a lemon, but this comes the closest.
Don't buy one of the '02-'06 models unless you have $$$ to spend on repairs.
Still the same: very smooth ride, roomy 3rd-row seat, awesome CD/cassette sound system,
super-bright high-beams, comfortable/roomy interior, temp/compass display.
Ford should be ashamed of themselves for building such a faulty transmission, and then not
I'm sure they didn't because it would cost them millions.
I feel bad for those who bought one of these because of the high marks earlier Explorers got (like my '97), and now
can't afford to fix it.
Costly parts like brakes & bearings fail way too early in the product
life cycle - they need to be more heavy duty for those owners in the NE USA.