I recently purchased a 203 ford explorer.
This was my very first ford and will be my last.
Do not buy this car if you plan on driving at night on anything but a very well lit road.
It has been back to dealership several times, everyone
that drives it concurs that the lighting is an issue, but since Ford says it is a character of the car nothing can be done, even though they have received numerous complaints.
The lights perform so poorly that my wife will not drive it at night.
I am hoping this posting keeps someone else from making the mistake I did.
Other than the highlights the car performs as it should.
I totally agree with the above posting. I am very uncomfortable driving the explorer at night with low beams. I feels as though a black line has been painted on the top third of the windshield. I do not feel safe on poorly lit back roads.
Of course we did not test drive this car at night. Another drawback is that the rear liftgate no longer has a window that raises to load parcels. One must raise the entire liftgate to get to rear cargo area.
Other than the 2 issues the car is great.
The light issue would be enough for me to not have purchased the car if I knew about it ahead of time
I totally agree about the headlight issue. It is a beyond irritating. It's a real hazard when your forward "reach" suddenly shortens as you find yourself going into a dip in the road. Road signs are often illegible (in the dark) unless you go to high beams, lousing up the oncoming driver's vision.
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