1991 Ford Explorer Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1991 Ford Explorer XL(T) 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance222000 miles
Previous carFord Chevy S-10 w/extended cab


Great car


Bought the car used from a very particular lease owner. It was in excellent shape. Paid $12K.

A/C blew three times... 1997, 1999 and 2000. Covered by warranty twice, but still cost labor. I live in Florida, not possible to own a non-A/C car as a family sedan. Poor trouble shooting by various Ford dealers would have prevented the second and 3rd blow-outs. They should have changed more parts than they did, and the radiator was not up to speed. I was driving it to Kansas and back every summer, so it was getting a workout. Last time, by reputable independent garage seems to have solved problem.

At 178,000+ miles, a serious engine noise occurred; sounded like bearings, but turned out to be a badly hammered lifter. Rebuilt the whole engine for about 5k.

Gas mileage has steadily deteriorated, which I attribute to the weakening of the transmission/torque converter. Eventually it will have to be rebuilt. Mechanic says wait till it blows completely and then do it all. One other transmission problem was the shifter for double low in 4WD that had to be replaced. Car was in warranty, but the warranty service said the fine print was only for internal parts, and the shifter was an electric motor on the outside of the case... I ate that one.

Other maintenance has included front bearings and hubs (4wd) ; muffler twice; electric window lifts and one window track; replaced cruise control panel in steering wheel; headlight switch replaced three times; odometer cable replaced; Molding around the rear cargo area windows leaked and replaced them twice, right side only? Probably because the car lives in a car port and gets sun on that side.

Gas tank float drowned at 220,000 miles, I just replaced it.

General Comments:

I love this car. I have put 157,000 miles on it, and plan to keep it. I started having back pains after I first got it, but added 2 inches of foam to the driver-seat cushion and cured the back pains. The paint has held up very well considering the horrible conditions it lives in. I would get the prisoners at Leavenworth to wax it twice a year; which I guess kept it well, but now at 15 years, it has lost a lot of battles to shopping carts and parking lot light poles, so the finish is looking sad.

I had a 1998 Explorer for while, got it from the same guy as this one; but it was not as well made as the 1991, so when I got an offer, I sold it in one day, kept the old one. It rides rough as a truck, but it keeps on going.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2006

1991 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4X4 4dr. 4.0L V6 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance99580 miles
Previous carFord Taunus


I hate the gas usage, but I LOVE THIS CAR!


When I first got the car, the only thing wrong with it was the blinkers. The flasher kept wiggling out of place. I got that fixed for about five dollars. About six months after I got this car, it started acting up, so I took it into a local shop. They replaced the Mass Air Flow Sensor, Two of the Four Oxygen Sensors, Cleaned the Fuel Rail, Fuel Injectors, Did a Full Tune-Up, and the Replaced the Fuel Pressure Regulator. This all cost me close to $900. Now I think the Fan Clutch is going out.

General Comments:

I love driving my Explorer. It's the Eddie Bauer edition, so it has all power options, leather, JBL Audio Premium Sound, a moonroof, and it's also a five speed! It gets about 20 mpg around town, which is great for an SUV, especially considering that an automatic Explorer gets about 15mpg!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2005

1991 Ford Explorer Eddie Bower 4.0 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.0 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carFord Escort


Fuel Pump went out at 98000

Driver Side door hinges bent when bought

Seats badly worn when bought

Front and rear brakes replaced at 100,000 miles cost over $450.00

Paint blemished at time of buying.

Gas tank leaked but got fixed for $50.00.

General Comments:

This car is a very good hard looking SUV. Got hit in the front end going 20 mph barly bent the front side panel. Even know that it gets between 16-18 mpg, this truck is a very nice ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2004

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 27 reviews