2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: No Joke Liftgate Cylinder

August 09, 2012

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That's a burly hatch prop right there. This multi-stage gas shaft is about an inch/inch and a half in diameter, doubles as a good personal weapon, and will only set you back about $130 each to replace if it goes bad (like if you drop it and have to scrap assembly; see next photo), according to one online OEM parts warehouse. Keep a couple of broomsticks handy, and maybe a rope-and-pulley, though. That liftgate has to be heavier than Black Sabbath when those struts go limp.

Explorer_liftgate strut_02.jpg Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Ford Explorer in VA is:

$134 per month*
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