2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0 V8 SFI
Nice looking, high end looks, a pig on gas, dependable as all hell, great in snow!
Compass / thermometer.
Rear brake line (on axle).
Low mileage (36K miles in 10 years, but everyone I know has gotten great service from their Explorer). My sister and her husband (who is not mechanically inclined) had ZERO issues with theirs, and reached 180K miles when they gave theirs to a friend who lost their car in SuperStorm Sandy.
Other than the 2 problems listed above (that I repaired myself with ease) and normal service items (tires, battery, brakes, etc.), our Explorer needs absolutely nothing, and absolutely NEVER lets us down.
We live in Long Island, NY and leave the 2000 Taurus and 1991 Aerostar home when it snows. AWD is simple (no user controls) and is very competent. A blast to play with in snow, the ABS works very well, great steering feel, but it rides like a truck (oh wait, it IS a truck!). I forget that with the XLT level interior with leather, lumbar support, power everything, etc.
Have never serviced the A/C, oil changes 3x a year, not a noise from the engine, body looks very good, and under the hood looks almost new! Other than fluids and maintenance items, the engine, transmission, and front end are UNTOUCHED!
Gave an 8 for running cost, only because of the car's voracious appetite for gas. Got 20 MPG highway once on it, and I get about 13 MPG around town. My (lead foot) wife gets much less.
It's my wife's car, which she absolutely LOVES; I like it a little less only because I am seriously overweight. Great car, great buy, I expect to have this car in car shows in 5 more years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th July, 2015