its been good to me other than the tell
tail head gasket going around the usual
100,000 mile mark, i did it myself and
saved a bunch of money, i would not buy
another older one though, it took me to
freekin days to change the head
gaskets, i would probably buy a newer
one. gas hawg!
I bought this vehicle with 50k,got
a "great"deal: at 52k;
replaced head gasket ,under extended
warranty,at 62k replaced
transmission,also under extended
warranty. This vechicle takes more
vacations than I do. 84k,Just got it
out of the dealership for leaking
trans,new tie rods,and motor mounts
(Fixed), short in air bag circuit(on
going problem).Hello Honda, GOODBYE Ford
Fairly comfortable ride, when it's not
in the repair shop.
Send your design engineers to Japan for
some refresher courses.
At 40,000 miles, the engine had to be
replaced as a result of a gasket. The gasket
was fixed after the recall, however the
engine broke down 2000 miles afterwards
and Ford would said it wan't related. Good
thing we had the dealership warrantee. I
have had the brakes fixed at least 4 times at
$600 a pop. I went through 2 sets of tires
before having the toe on the rear wheels
adjusted. One can get a workout closing the
side doors. The heat comes on when it feels
like it. The entire car vibrates above 30 mph.
The bottom line is this is my second ford and
Taking good care of this car means a
lot;although Ford engines are not the
most reliable, using in my car synthetic
oil 5W-30(as the manufacturer
recommends),saved me from troubles.
I also have to mention the oil change
every 3000 mi.Transmission fluid was
also replaced every 15000 mi.Altogether
this is not a race car(do not push it
beyond its limits), but which demands
the same careful maintenance as being
Dashboard angled towards driver,powerful
A/C, easy towing.
The engine needs a little more "zip",
at 3.8L it absolutely needs 200hp.
An electronic compass and thermometer
wouldn't hurt anybody!
Pluses: Ground clearance makes driving
in snow a breeze, dual air-
conditioners, 20-21 mpg.
Minuses: Recalls, Coil springs broke,
door ajar alarm comes on in damp
weather, bushings in idler pulley for
serpentine belt seized up while on
highway (yikes),lots of tie rod ends
replaced. Money spent on repairs would
have gotten me into a much more
reliable vehicle. Which in 1995 would
have been the Toyota.
I'd start with the under-engineered
front suspension. The windshield wiper
wells need to go, they collect ice and
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