I've only been driving the Explorer
Sport for a month but must admit that
it seems well built. I do miss the
roominess of my '98 F-150 XLT extended
cab. The Explorer feels more like a
cockpit-does make it easier to clean
though! It is simply wonderful in snow
conditions. I've never driven an SUV
and am disappointed in the gas
mileage. Since the car is so new, I'm
hoping that will get better as it gets
Traded in a 2001 Ford Ranger for this
little gem. The ride is great,
compared to the Ranger and almost as
smooth as the Mazda Tribute. My wife
and I have a baby that's six-months old
and it's fairly easy to get her into
the back seat. The passenger seat
slides out of the way a good bit, but
nothing beats a four-door auto. A good
SUV for those who can't afford the four-
Looked at everything else and kept coming back to the Sport for the price and looks. Perfect for a couple who never hauls kids. Drives well on the road with much more response than the 4 door due to 600 lbs of less wt. Same engine and tranny as the 4door. Quiet on the road.
To date I have put just under 58000
miles on my Explorer. It has been very
relieable. The problems I have are
fairly minor. The transmission whines
a little on the shift from 1st to 2nd.
The cam chain tensioner makes a
rattling sound under load, and the trim
panel around the radio is peeling.
Other that those items I am happy with
my Explorer and hope to keep it until
I bought my '02 Ford Explorer Sport used with 86K on it. I've had it for two or three years now and I'm very happy with it. It now has 110K on it and has been very reliable so far. Some features have stopped working (CC, outside temp, a couple buttons on the radio, the 4WD Low setting) but it still gets me around just fine. The only parts I've had to replace so far are the wheel bearings and the fan belt. Still, I won't complain. It's a good little truck! I'm thinking my next vehicle will most likely be another Ford Explorer or Escape.