1993 Ford Explorer Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1993 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0 EFI V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 EFI V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired141000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles

Summary:

A great, reliable, luxury SUV

Faults:

I had to have the front ball joints replaced at 153,000, along with other front end parts, cost around $850.

The Air Compressor went up at 169,000. Had to get almost the whole A/C system replaced. I converted it from R-12 to T-134 since the system was being replaced. It cost around $600.

The original radius arm bushings lasted me 170,000, which is very good from what I hear. It was around $125 to get both replaced.

The rear bass sub-woofer went up in the winter of 04. Spent $95 to get a new factory sub-woofer.

Just put new pads and rotors on the front brakes along with drums for the rear, but this is regular maintenance and cost around $300.

Leather Seats wear badly, but for a 12 year old car what do you expect.

The car is a gas hog, roughly 16 to 17 to the gallon on a regular basis.

General Comments:

I love my Ford Explorer, it is one of the best vehicles that I have ever driven. The car is a total workhorse. It has 172,000 and it is still running like brand new. I have pushed this car very hard and everything I throw at it does not seem to phase it, it is a great SUV. The car has had few problems, other than the normal parts that wear out, and the Limited package that Ford came out with in the Explorer is awesome.

The 4.0 V6 that they put in the Explorers is a very good and reliable motor. I know somebody who put 375,000 miles on his 93 Explorer and all he had to do to the engine was the normal maintenance, and it was still running strong when he sold it. The only draw back is that it needs a little more horsepower because it does not have much get up and go, but overall I love the 4.0 V6.

If you are a big guy like me, the SUV has a lot of room. It has the biggest seats that I have sat in and I am very comfortable in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2005

1st Dec 2008, 20:39

I'm glad to read these positive comments re: the 1993 Explorer with the 4.0 litre V6. My '93 has 155,000 miles and it runs great. I'm hoping to put many more miles on it before any major repairs.

29th Nov 2012, 13:16

I would like to know where you got both your radius arm bushings replaced for $125? That is a GREAT price, if that really is what it cost for BOTH to be replaced.

1993 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 V6 from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance187000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Unbelievably sound, and one of Ford's greatest creations

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong to date since I have owned the car was the Fuel Pressure Regulator.

That's it.

General Comments:

I have never been happier with any vehicle, It runs quiet as like new with over 180,000 miles.

I have the leather seats which get use as I have to drive 4 hours every other week to go to college, and they are as comfortable as you could ever imagine.

The mileage is alright, not great for a V6 but the power it pushes makes up for it.

What can I say, my '93 Ford Explorer couldn't be beat by any similar engined SUV from the same year. My dad owned a Chev. Blazer with the 4.3 and it would barely go 60 in the wind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2005

1993 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0gas from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0gas Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carToyota Truck

Summary:

Good for a short ride, wouldn't buy again

Faults:

My head gasket was replaced at 60,000 miles.

I have replaced the rotors at 60,000 miles.

The 02 sensors for fuel regulating went out since we had it, there are 2 of them.

The fuel sensor regulator went out.

The car, when at a stop light, will rock back and forth, like it is going to take off.

Sometimes the car, after we just filled it with gas, will act as if it is out of gas, does a shaking thing.

The fuel gauge went out between 60,000 to 62,000 miles.

Front passenger head light, blows within 2 days of replacing it.

Replaced the heater fan motor, but the control went out as well, so can only use it full blast.

General Comments:

This car is OK, if you aren't going to drive it often, terrible gas mileage.

Nothing extremely major has really went out on this vehicle.

Although, the transmission, when it is the warmer months, will dump all the transmission fluid out on the ground, even if you are only going 10 miles from home.

Inside of the vehicle is perfect, comfortable, good system.

Great looking vehicle.

Great air conditioning system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2005

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 35 reviews