Pretty good SUV for the money
4x4 stopped working.
Front seal on the transmission went out. This is apparently a known problem from what I hear from the shops I have called. All the A4DL transmissions, have issues like this. Once fixed, if fixed right, it can last you another 100,000 miles.
I got this car from a local used dealer, when my Beretta died. In fact it just barely made it to the dealership for the trade in.
Anyway, the Explorer was great to me until the tranny went. I used to call it, my Ford that is more like a Chevy. I was never left stranded anywhere, in fact when my tranny went, I was only half a block from home, and it was easy to it push home :).
I love my Explorer; in fact I may just fix it and keep it.
It's a good ride; a little under powered at times, especially when getting on the free-way, but once you get up to speed, you can pass easily. It's just the initial get up and go. And to me, that is to be expected when you have an SUV that is made for torque and hauling, not speed and racing.
It was always big enough for us to take what and who we needed, to the places we needed to go.
Overall it's a pretty good buy (tranny went on me @ 171,000, almost exactly.)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2007