Bought my Explorer brand new in 2001. At exactly the 5 year marker (to the day) I pushed it past 100,000 miles. Love it, Love it, Love it! Ford rebuilt the transmission after 6 months ownership and no issues thereafter. Extremely reliable and great for long drives. V6 saves lots of money over the V8 and has just as much bhp.
Full air controls for rear seat, power windows have never slowed down, still drives like new and much more fuel friendly vs. other domestic SUVs.
Over all my experience is very good so far. I love the clearance, especially on construction sites. I'm finding out that the replacing the IAC because it is stuck due to carbon build up is a is a common problem. It will cause the car not to start.
Leather seats & adjustable steering column.
Aftermarket cabin air filter kit. The new ones have it. I'm 5'-11" & the rear view mirror sometimes gets in the way.
2001 Ford Explorer Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I love my Explorer Ltd. but am just ready for a newer model vehicle. I test drove the 2005 Explorer Ltd. and was not very impressed. I think Ford used cheaper materials in the interior construction of the 2005 model, as my interior is much nicer in my opinion. The engines are pretty much the same and I have never (knock on wood) had a major mechanical problem or been stranded on the side of the road with my 2001. The only minor thing was a hose broke. It cost me around $70. I do however keep up on the maintenance.
I wouldn't mind getting better gas mileage, but wouldn't we all?
My '01 Explorer has the Sport Package,
which I think makes the truck look nice
and beefy. The 4.0 liter V6 is pretty
although with the towing package's 4.10
rear gears, mileage isn't spectacular.
The 5-speed automatic does compensate
well, though. I've towed 5,500lb.
worth of 23' enclosed trailer with a
Dodge Viper inside, and it did
admirably well for a V6.
Interior has held up well except for a
smally squeak in the center console's
CD changer area.
We only had one recall, and that was
for the driver's side seat mechanism.
I've been impressed with the Explorer
enough to purchase it when it came off
Features for the money. Power.
Visibility. Safety (mine has side
airbags). Towing ability. Beefy looks
with Sport Package. 4-wheeling
ability. CD changer in center console.
A few squeaks. Weird-feeling grained
steering wheel (I switched mine out for
leather). I wish mine had the Premium
I had a 1995 ford explorer xlt, never
had a problem. I have had this
explorer for 1 year and have had
nothing but trouble. Bought it with
27000 miles on it and had it at the
dealer 6 times before the warranty ran
out. On one visit had the idle sensor
replaced and we just had to replace it
again, at our expense. VERY
DISAPPOINTED IN FORD!!!!!