1990 Ford Explorer Reviews

1990 Ford Explorer LX 6 cyln from North America

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 6 cyln Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired236000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carFord 1980 GMC short box stepside

Summary:

Pretty good truck over all we will see how it holds up in another 6 months or 30,000 km

Faults:

Rear tail gate latch stopped working Fixed with some wd40

Brakes not sure when they were done last, but only took 30 minutes to change.

Driver door power lock will not work for unlocking or unlocking Either does the rear door lock.

Drivers door seat belt does not always retract fully gets jammed.

The light behind the radio station display is burnt out and you cannot read it in the sun or at night.

Has the engine knock, but know a guy that has a 91 with over 400,000 km and it has the same knock.

General Comments:

Has lots of get and go drives nice on the highway, and side streets a bit rough when hitting some bumps. Great seats would have like to have hard the power seat option in cloth. Don't like the leather.

Can carry lots of gear fold down rear seats are great. Would have been nicer if you could put a 4x8 sheet of plywood down flat in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th March, 2006

1990 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance152000 miles

Summary:

More trouble to own than others

Faults:

Parking brake cables every other year - like clockwork. Poor design!

Exhaust replaced from cat to tailpipe every 3 years like clockwork (live in northeast).

Flexible brake hoses on front replaced twice when I owned it - poor design!

Clutch plate replaced at 90K.

Shocks replaced at 100K.

Starter replaced at 100K.

Sway link bushings at 150K.

Drive shaft u-joints at 110K. Axle U-joints at 130K.

In last 3 years of its life rust, rust, rust. Entire driver's side rocker panel was gone, rear door, rear bumper, and around gas door.

General Comments:

Fun to drive for a truck; bouncy ride, but great pickup and handling.

Fairly easy to repair for intermediate home mechanic. Need a couple of special tools for hubs, fuel filter. And time, of course.

Never had a problem starting - not once in 9 years!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2003

1990 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles

Summary:

Only an average vehicle in reliability and performance

Faults:

Blown head gasket in 1995.

Replaced muffler 2 times and resonator/tail pipe assembly 3 times during 8 years.

Required 93 octane fuel (supposed to run on 87).

Engine cut out under acceleration (dealer could not fix).

Transmission needed rebuilding at 117000 miles.

Two trips to dealer to fix the radio when new, radio quit working in 1996.

Rear wiper motor quit in 1996.

General Comments:

Early 1991 model Ford Explorer, Ford did not have all the bugs worked out at the time it was built.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2001

10th Sep 2004, 18:56

I feel you really nailed it when you stated that Ford had not worked the bugs out. As a owner of one my comment would have to match yours to a tee. Very expensive and frequent mechanical work. I like to refer to mine as the "exploder".

1990 Ford Explorer XL 4.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance260000 miles
Previous carDodge D50

Summary:

Great vehicle, a real champ

Faults:

This vehicle is 10 years old and has 260,000 miles on it. It has been a champ.

The transmission finally died at 256,000 miles and I had it rebuilt, other than that only the front right automatic hub and the water pump have had problems.

I use Mobil One synthetic oil and I ordered the vehicle with a transmission cooler and the super cooling package with a larger radiator.

General Comments:

This has been a very reliable vehicle, most of its 260,000 miles have been on the highway, but it has also been on most of the class 5 four wheel drive roads in Colorado. I couldn't be more pleased.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2000

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews