Had a '96 Explorer V6 RWD, 185000 miles and ran good. Decided it was time to update, now have an 08 RWD V6, 4 speed auto with O/D. The 96 got 22 mpg highway, 08 lucky to get 20 mpg. The seat/steering is difficult to get in a comfortable position, steering lever knob way down under, tough to find and tougher to set in an exact position. Turn signal lever is high behind the steering wheel, fumble to find it. Idiot light for battery, reset button for mileage, etc is in indiotic position on dash, diappointed obviously with interior design of dash, etc. The '96 egronomically, was much more user friendly. '08 ride is nicer and traction control helpful in winter conditions.
Headlamps great improvement over the '96. Tiny console does not hold much, no place for change or small items you don't want to lose in the bottom of the console. Cup holders on the back end of the console can be a nuisance to driver/passenger.
Make the interior designers drive one of these for a few years to get an idea of how screwed up the dash, console is. I had very good luck with the '96 Explorer (185000 miles, 22 mpg highway) so went with another. Am disappointed but I can adjust and hope to get 185000 out of this one.
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