Bought it 67 months ago. No major problems. The radio was replaced, but nothing else. As long as you maintain it, expect no problems. Wish it was worth something for trade in. Will probably give it to family instead of trading it for peanuts!
The V8 and AWD setup was the best drivetrain for all around performance.
Ford took care of most issues with the newest generation Explorer.
I hated Ford since the purchase date
because they promised repainting due to
"acid rain issue" but never followed
through. Overall my XL served well but
no options causes a quick lack of
interest. Choose wisely.
Bought used with 89K, Have fixed only
minor issues. 4.0 OHV is slightly
lacking on steep highway grades, but
very reliable, and reasonably efficient
for a vehicle this heavy. 5SP auto
transmission is still smooth at over
100K mi. The cargo space is great, and
the seats are comfortable on long trips.
Auto 4x4 lets the truck claw its way
around in wet/snowy weather, even
off-roading I've rarely needed 4HI/4LO.
Hasn't let me down yet!
My only complaints:
- Rides like a truck, go figure.
- Water collects in the roof channels
during rain, then spills over the
windshield when you first move the truck.
- Tinted rear window scratches easily.
- Control Trac Auto 4x4
- Puddle Lamps under side mirrors
- Keyless entry keypad
- Cargo area door lock switch.
- Rear seat A/C and radio controls.
- Needs front tow hooks.
- Improve ride.
- Make rear glass more resistant to
- Dashboard needs flat recesses for
maps, etc. (or maybe not having them is
a safety feature?)
- Brakes could be a bit stronger.
- Transmission needs to be heavier for
more than light duty towing.
Have had alot of minor problems overs
the years,especially the wheel area.
Have problems with tire inside/outside
tire wear. Have had two alignments,
shocks all the way around,problems with
led on radio/CD player, etc... Not too
bad I guess, considering the amount of
miles driven. But it nickles & dimes
you. Probably the worst Ford I've ever
owned. Miss my SHO!
4 wheel drive came in handy a couple of
times. Alot of room in back for
Need milage improvement, better design
on front ends wouldn't hurt. Was told
that was a major problem with those
I teh SUV used with 58,000
miles on it. I had to replace the
breaks and rotars at 65K, replace the
original battery at 75K and at 80K I
needed new ball joints. The stereo
system is junk. The CD player shorted
out 5 months after I bought it and
there is a loose
connection some where in the wire
running to the rear speakers which
causes them work about 25% of the
time. I have driven it about 400 mile
from Boston to Rochester, NY about 10
times now (3 times with a full cargo
bed) and and very pleased with the
truck. I'm just worried to see what
is going to go wrong in another 10,000
on the fly 4WD, good amount of cargo
space, looks great, turning radius is
get a stereo system that works, fix
your problems with the ball joints (it
seems to be a trend on all of your