2001 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: 165,000 and running good.

2001 Ford Explorer SUV - Consumer Review

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165,000 and running good.
By Fergus on


2001 Ford Explorer XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


We bought our this Exploder new and at 165,000 miles replaced the ball joints today. I replaced the thermostat at around 60,000, the brake pads around 110,000 and battery around 120,000. It has proven to be a very dependable vehicle. I have never seen it get less that 20 MPG and have seen it get as much as 29 MPG highway. I give some credit to Militec-1, as I have used it in all my vehicles since being introduced to it in 1988.

Best Features

Mileage and dependability are my favorite features. I do love the auto headlamps and auto-dimming rear view mirror as well.

Worst Features

Factory paint, starting to see some metal and rust showing. Partly my fault due to the lack of waxing; but, would expect better as we do not live on the coast.
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