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It just won't die.
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By Addison
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1993 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD


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First and foremost, keep in mind that this is a 25 year old vehicle when this review was written. This was 1993, before airbags, rear parking sensors, and touch screens were standard. Let's start with the bad, so we can end on a good note. Our Eddie Bauer is loaded with every option '93 had to offer: power windows, locks, and mirrors, leather power seats, 4x4, factory rear limited slip differential, crank removable sunroof, factory subwoofer, ABS, etc. Unfortunately, most of those electronics have stopped working or only partially function (minus the 4x4 and LSD). Only 2 of the power windows work, and can only be controlled by the driver switches, the unlock button doesn't work, the radio has long since been replaced, the ABS light is permanently on despite replacing and repairing everything we could think of, the interior lights are permanently on, the plastic trim pieces break more often than I care to admit, the A/C compressor needs to be replaced again, the subwoofer is blown, and the transmission and engine aren't very happy starting in cold weather (rough idle, gets stuck in first gear). That being said, I couldn't be happier with this truck. Despite all of its flaws, it still starts (albeit begrudgingly) every morning and gets my husband to and from work for a total of 70 miles each day. The electronics are known to fail, but the engine is one of Ford's few bulletproof designs. It doesn't make much power, but it'll comfortably reach and hold highway speed without a problem. It'll tow whatever you ask it to even while it's loaded down with people and luggage. Snow and mud pose no threat to it's 4x4 system. It handles like a school bus, but rides soft and quiet. In short, it's nothing special, but it'll outlast most new cars and cost a fortune less to keep running.


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The Green Machine
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By The Green Machine
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1993 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV


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Great ca! with about 147,000 miles it still runs good! had to reface ac, but besides that no big problems! love the sound of it when i starts up! ol green rides like a baby! GREAT CAR!


Best Features

Space, fold down back seats,good turn radius, great radio, great lift


Worst Features

both rear windows dont work, paint is peeling on hood an roof, center console is loose, oil is needed a lot


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shouldve bought a chevy
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By BRYAN
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1993 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought that truck with 100,000 miles on it. At first it was a good truck to drive. Soon after I bought it, the head gaskets blew. I had them replaced and after that the motor had a ticking problem. A few hundred miles later, somehow or another tranny fluid started getting in the crankcase. The first time I changed the oil after the fix, I was dumbfounded. Ihad a 6qt. Oil drain pan and it overflowed it and way more. How does transmission fluid get into the engine?


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Great since day one!
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By James.Frey
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1993 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD


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I've owned this car since day one. Bought it in late 1993, and has been great to us. In 1997 we took it to VA from CA and it was great in the snow and rough terrain. Brought it back to CA in 1999, mechanic I took it to messed up the engine at 50k so we had to have it rebuilt. It now has 91k on it and I drive it as a spare car, but it can go for weeks without being driven and it still goes strong, and starts right up! Design is flawless, shows you what a real american car is all about. Interior is perfect, nice, simple, and comfortable. Drive-terrain: I wish it would have had a 4.5L or 5.0L V8, the 4.0L V6 it has is under powered, and the 4spd Pinto transmission is weak.


Best Features

4x4 on the fly, handling, premium sound system, simplicity, easy to drive, great visibility, easy to work on; no complex computer systems or programming.


Worst Features

Underpowered V6, and Pinto Transmission could have been designed better, accl is slow, but once you get it up to your desired speed, its ok.


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Great Truck
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By DKOVACHJR
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1993 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD


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I just bought my 2nd 93 explorer the first I trade for a sedan and missed my truck finally after 2 yrs of trying to find one that i could afford with money being tight i found one i use mine for haul the family and responding to fire calls the 4.0 does a decent job getting to the station when the tones drop even though she may not be fast the tourque makes up for it I have pulled plenty of down trees out of the roadway and have no doubt that what i hook up to she will pull it. Beware if the 4x4 is not used the power motor for it sticks and you may need to replace it or have someone hold the button and you get under your truck with a hammer and knock on the motor


Best Features

Roomy interior, handling in 4 wheel drive


Worst Features

the push button 4x4 needs to go to a manual stick


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