I purchased this vehicle in February of 2016 from an estate. It is my first Ford product. I figured that it would be reliable considering the great luck my family has had in the past with their Fords. The vehicle had only 64,000 original miles on it. I have put only 4,000 miles on it and it I am constantly fixing something on it. I fix one thing and two more things go wrong. This is a terrible riding vehicle. It will toss you around the inside with every crack in the road you hit. The week after I bought it, I had to replace the tires due to dryrot (no big deal). It had a bad vibration on the highway so I replaced all four shocks. The radio did not work so I had to replace that. The exhaust was rattling so I replaced the whole thing. Both front window regulators went bad in two days. The front coil springs were weak so those needed replaced. The valve cover gaskets were replaced along with a complete tuneup. I retrofitted the A/C system to r134 and it instantly sprung a leak from the condenser 30 minutes later which wasted $50 in freon. So I replaced the condenser next. Most recently, the rear end pinion seal started leaking - fixed that and now the engine cranks for 15 seconds before firing up. The right rear window regulator is slipping and now the window keeps falling down. The transmission occasionally slips from time to time. If you start it up when the engine is good and warm, it will idle very rough for a couple minutes. It leaks engine oil like mad. The vehicle looks like showroom condition BUT I popped off the running boards to find about a foot each rocker was rotted away. The A/C system must have a leak again because the system is low on freon after only 8 months. I am not spending any more money on this one. I had expected it to last a lot longer. I do not trust driving it out of town anymore. Aside from these issues, it is great for hauling anything in. The roof rack is also a great feature too.
great truck no problems. all most 400000 miles on it and going strong never had any work done to it. i bought this suv as a beater car just to hold me over but it wont quit. i drive it ever day use it to tow my boat and trailer i even towed a friends chev pickup 1 hour to his house!
a bit of a bumpy ride. the drivers seat cushion needs replacing at 380,000miles.^_^lol
I bought this truck with 135,000 miles on it and it now has over 220,000. It is still going strong and is completely reliable. Mine has the 5- speed manual. Besides normal maintenance items (brakes, clutch, tires, etc.) I have had to replace both cylinder heads (they cracked - a very common known defect in this particular Ford engine) and the A/C condenser ($450). Besides that, no other repairs. I have off-roaded it many times and it has always done well. It doesn't have much pickup off the line at all. Mileage is crappy, at 14 city/20 hwy. With the new heads, it does not use a drop of oil, which is unusual at this mileage, so the bottom end of the engine is bulletproof.
Good interior fit and finish. Still looks great after 18 years and no busted parts, like on a GM or Asian car.
Improve the horrible cylinder head design. Brakes stink.
I know raves about a 91 might not seem relevant to newer model purchasers, but I wanted to weigh in on the quality of Ford trucks. My family has never owned another brand. I'm the original owner of this Explorer, it has over 210,000 (hard) miles on it, and the alternator -- which went out last winter -- is the only major thing I've ever had to replace/fix on it. The power windows are starting to malfunction, but the ac/heater works fine, so I compensate. I want a new car, because I'm starting to hesitate to take this one on long road trips (still 4x in it though), but feel duty bound to run it into the ground first. I might actually cry when I have to let it go.
4WD. Reliability. Size -- back before Ford started making the Explorer huge for no reason. Fun to drive. Big enough for dogs and friends and tons of gear. Comfy seats. Can even sleep comfortably in it if need be (leaky tents, etc.)
I never thought the thing would be so reliable, but with over 200,000 I keep hoping that the thing will die so that I can get a new ride. It just keeps on running! I've owned it for 5 years and 60,000 miles and have never had to replace anything major. I've driven it on several 1000 mile trips. It has lots of little stuff wrong with it like the power windows and oil leak and engine tap (which is at least 5 yrs old too), but it starts up every time even when it's 10 degrees. The fuel mileage on hwy is better than most new SUVs (22mpg), and the thing does real nice off road and its only a 2WD. I've been in and out of many places in this thing that I should never have been it without 4WD.
Off-road ability despite only 2WD, reliability and consistency, fuel mileage on open road, cargo room
A lot of the early Explorers have lifters that get warped. Mine has this tap for years but it has not affected the performance of the vehicle. It sounds pretty bad though, like someone is tapping the engine block with a hammer!