My daily driver and has NEVER let me down because of conditions. Currently the vehicle has 335k miles and has had 1 tranny replacement at 180k miles by AAMCO it has had ball joints replaced with the kind that have grease fittings.It has had all shocks,bearings replaced an repacked and she keeps MICHELIN LTX-M/S on the vehicle and we change the oil every 5k miles and the tranny fluid every 75 ki miles. We change antifreeze every 3 years and hoses 3vry 6 years. Serpentine belt every 75k miles. rotate tires every 3rd oil change. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE is the key to getting these vehicles to last a long time.
Leather seats, we added heated mat to them for 25 which plugs into lighter when needed.
CD player/mp3/ stereo
fold split seats in rear/convertibility for hauling from Big Box stores
Turbo Diesel option,my gas mileage is 20mpg would like to see 30 mpg-this engine option offered in S.A and Australia
Transmission gear with override automatically
2wd/4wd selector instead of AWD
heated seats, power lift gate, SAT radio
Bought with less than 50K miles, overall good vehicle display went out for radio/cd about 100K miles. had to rewire some due to electrical issues. its a beast in the snow. Motor is still great, plenty of power, doesn't burn any oil at 175k miles. will replace ball joints, transmission is still going strong being original hoping to get another 25k miles out of it using it for work commute only. i could take it on a road trip, but thats why i have another ford.
remote start and heated leather seats for Nebraska winters. Great motors on explorer, sold my 96 explorer a few years after i bought this one, it went cross country and is currently at 225K miles, ugly but still going strong.
Electrical reliability, would like to know what station i am listening to.
Funny, I feel like several of these posters are driving my Explorer. I'm at 175k miles. Radio display went out at about 50k miles. Rear wiper works maybe one month out of the year. Tranny still good but starting to show its age. Occasionally it won't start. I believe its a short in the fuel pump sensor. If I wait about 3-5 minutes, for some reason she'll start right up. Driver door handle broke and entire locking and handle configuration had to be redone. All in all, I've never put much money in this thing. It handles snow with absolute ease. Gas mileage averages 18.4 city and highway. For some reason, some car critics slam the explorer, but mine has been a darn good car overall.
Front seats are super comfortable to me. Rear seats are pretty terrible.
I wish I had LATCH for car seats, but then again it's a '99. My truck also rattles in idle. It's done it since I bought it. No reason to spend the money to fix it, so I've lived with it. But it is annoyingly loud in idle.
Ok car in theory, but not built very well. Console cover broke off after a few days, power windows almost have stopped working and take a long time to put up. Transmission shot at 75,000 miles. Multiple blown head gaskets, ABS problems, AC compressor almost killed engine when accidentally switched on for a minute. The list goes on and on.