In 12 years and 115K miles of not-so-hard driving, our $36,000 Exploder has eaten its transmission, eaten its torque converter, has blown out its manifold gaskets and has cracked a cylinder head. I expect to replace items such as starters, alternators, shocks, even Air Mass Meters and O2 sensors. But I cannot abide a vehicle that self-destructs major systems years and tens of thousands of miles before the end of their standard service lives under relatively easy use. If I could sell our Exploder to the Marines to use for target practice, I'd do it in a New York minute.
Cargo capacity Snow-ice capability
Make the bean counters who ordered the flywheel to be made from glorified aluminum foil to pay for replacement torque converters. Ditto for the cracked cylinder heads, a problem that Ford supposedly fixed before 1996. HA!
We bought our 1996 Explorer new in 1996 we have had no trouble at all except the panel on the drivers side electronic buttons broke I bought the mount and fixed it. Really my wife will not drive the 2005 I bought last year. She likes "Her Baby" with 55,000 miles on it. After 11 years in CA, I guess it's just about "Run In". Great SUV's very dependable. Not a bit of rust and never a scratch.
Driving turning and radius, 4 wheel drive, nice acceleration. Well made
A little hard on the ride over bumps (4 wheel drive )
I had this car for a little over a year. I had little to no complaints until recently. This car is great for day to day however it is dangerous in a accident. The narrow wheel base on this year is prone to rollover and leaves you with no options to really avoid an accident.
Powerful engine, great interior.
Gas! If you want a Explorer get one of the newer models with the improved stability.