Driving Impressions You can treat an Explorer like a compact family sedan. Power PloysThe two contenders have taken different paths to power. The Durango's controls are also well positioned, and its large, white-on-black instrumentation is easy to read. It is not offensive, but you will notice it. The best thing about this car has been the reliability.
Only catch is that the low-cost Explorer Sport is a two-door, not the morepopular four-door. In its corner are fresh interior styling, quiet, powerful, fuel-efficient V-6 and V-8 engines, an industry-first five-speed automatic transmission, one of the most sophisticated all-wheel-drive systems available, and time-proven build quality. Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2003 Most recent year of ownership 2004 Engine and transmission 5. Despite this - mine has worked well! Braking distance and slippery-surface stability are areas where most trucks take a back seat to passenger cars. This is until the last year or so when we started having troubles with the Timing Chain tensioners going bad in the engine. Class Distinctions's execs state that their intention was to be the best in class with the Durango.
The driver enjoys that secure, command-of-the-road seating position that's helped to make sport-utilities and pickup trucks so popular. Visibility all around is quite good in spite of the large B- and C- roof pillars. And of course, if the road turns to dust and rocks on the way to a recreational fun spot, their four-wheeling systems are right at home. We liked the new rear liftgate a lot. Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2003 Most recent year of ownership 2004 Engine and transmission 5. An acquaintance of mine has a 1994 Explorer and it has over 400,000 miles on it no joke!!! But don't confuse this premium engine with the base 4. I would recommend to anyone.
All models now have Ford's SecuriLock security system, which the company claims is virtually impossible to defeat. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter. It's just annoying, but I can deal with it. Throttle sticks after using speed control. Deciding which Explorer with which engine and which transmission could take an afternoon of brochure browsing. It is a beautiful looking truck, but very uncomfortable to drive. Well, maybe not, but if history is any clue; make way for hundreds of thousands of refuges from Iraq with Carte Blanche to our welfare and education system.
Although the Explorer has racked up virtually all of its huge sales numbers with the standard overhead-valve engine, the overhead-cam version is a whole order of magnitude better. Another main issue was the Stereo blowing out. It is a beautiful looking truck, but very uncomfortable to drive. And it's 3k to fix since you have to pull the engine out of the truck. I believe they all came with trans oil coolers standard as well.
The handbrake was a joke though - it just never held, even after tightening. This car is so clean, the owner does not allow smokers in the car. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. The hefty Durango pleasantly surprised our test driver by nailing a respectable 142-foot-long stop from 60 mph. Other than regular maintenance oil change, brakes, etc. Plenty of acceleration and handling is adequate on winding roads. But for the kind of all-around uses most families find for their sport-utilities, the Explorer's formula is still tough to beat.
Don't Know Review Date: 25th February, 2006 Each of the Big 4 in Detroit, take turns offering 3 or 7 year warranty. It is, as mentioned, easy to get in and out of it. I haven't had much that needed repairs and I have almost 130,000 miles. This model of Ford's stereo was known to have a defective power supply. The safty is priority of this car, anti-lock breaks, airbag on driver and passenger,fog lights.
Other than that, I can't complain. Whereas my friends and family members often have chosen to rely on rental cars when needing to travel a long distance over 500 miles , I have driven back and forth up the state of California several times and to neighboring states without worry or the added expense. Model year 1998 Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2001 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 4. That has meant increasing steering precision, smoothing shifts and ride damping, quieting engines and loading up on climate-control and sound-system goodies. Dodge has neatly split the difference between the world of big Tahoes and Ford Expeditions and the smaller compact class occupied by models such as the and. This is, we reminded ourselves, a 4,166-pound truck.
The climb to the third seat is a cinch for kids and well within reason for physically fit adults, but don't expect limo-like legroom once you've made the hike. Seating is a big plus. There is plenty of room with the hatch and fold down rear seats for golf clubs, 2X4's and whatever else you may need to haul. These are a larger turning circle and some additional inconvenience when hunting for a right-size parking spot. Nevertheless, it was a good bus with heaps of space, reasonable economy and performance for its size. Rather than work on a price that would make thefour-door more affordable, Ford simply went the two-door route. Next up is a 4.
I did have some repairs to do about a year after I bought it my ujoints and ball joints needed replaced but it was an in and out trip to the shop and expected of a vehicle with that many miles and never had any problems after that. The is the second car accident I have been in in a Ford and I am very impressed that there was little damage and no injuries both times they are definately tough vehicles and I will be buying another! I cram lots of stuff in there. We actually found it difficult to count all five without carefully watching the tachometer needle's flutter. Keep in mind these engines were not designed to run 5w-20 oil as Ford recommends. Our Durango was motivated with the optional 5. I did have some repairs to do about a year after I bought it my ujoints and ball joints needed replaced but it was an in and out trip to the shop and expected of a vehicle with that many miles and never had any problems after that.