I bought my 2 door, 4WD Eddie Bauer Explorer as a birthday present to myself, and it has been a gift that keeps on giving! Hands down, the most comfortable, reliable, versatile rig I've ever owned, and it still looks good going down the road. Both of my kids learned to drive in it, and it never even balked at the abuse. (Of course they abused it! They are kids!) It is now pushing 200,000 miles, and I am agonizing over if I should prepare to rebuild her or move on. Even the newer Explorers aren't the rig this one is. As long as I can keep it on the road, it has a home with me.
It performs equally well in the highway, in town, or on back mountain roads. I am safe and comfortable anywhere I go. It is reasonable to maintain, and has never let me down. The leather is bombproof! If you knew me, you'd know that driving a 15 year old car isn't my style, but I'm keeping this one.
A little more 'cush' on the back seats would be nice, but it is a long way from unbearable.
I bought it when it had 80K miles of city driving on it. I now have nearly 200K miles, and have only had to rebuild the transmission, and change the water pump. It is a great road vehicle, gets 22 mpg, and looks fine. I painted it just to get the corporate colors off of it when I bought it from a company rep. It has been one of the best vehicles I have owned.
Interior comfort, large volume, visibility, power and performance.
I bought it new in 1991. After some warranty problems with wiring and dead batteries; no major problems. I now have 199,000 miles and still take it on long trips. Interior is falling apart. Thinking about retiring it and mounting a snowplow.
Well I bought it with 115,000 miles on
it. So far I have replaced the Gas
tank, Starter, entire exhaust system, 4
wheel drive doesn't work anymore, LOTS
of rust, Leaks to name a few power
steering,oil,gas.... The brake
caliburs went this week and the list
goes on !!!!!
I've had my EB Explorer for over 13 years,
and it has been extremely reliable. Had
some expensive warranty work many years
ago. Only problem now is that sometimes
the transmission "sticks" when I put it in
reverse on cold wet winter mornings in CA. I
cope with that by driving forward a foot or so,
and then putting it into reverse. Paint is
oxidizing on the roof due to hot CA