1995 Ford Explorer Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1995 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carNissan Stanza

Summary:

I won't make the mistake of buying a ford twice

Faults:

First up was rebuilding the transmission (re-builder said it had been rebuilt previously, so this vehicle is on at least it's third tranny).

Then the transfer case went out. Six months later it went out again (i use my 4 wheel drive).

Brakes need to be done almost as frequently as oil changes.

The rear end of the vehicle sags.

The check engine light comes on anytime you take a long trip. A new max airflow sensor and $500 later it still comes on during long trips.

The motor mount broke off the frame, requiring the frame to be re-welded. (140,000 miles)

The front fog-lights literally fell off the vehicle at about 120,000 miles.

The tape deck quit at about 100,000 miles, and the six disc changer quit working at about 170,000 miles.

The right rear door cannot be opened from the inside, and was very difficult to open when we purchased the vehicle at 80,000 miles. It is not a child lock issue.

One of the key fobs quit working shortly after we bought the vehicle.

General Comments:

This is a very nice vehicle. The center console is nice and informative, the off road capability is quite good (when it works), and it is equally comfortable on the road at 75 MPH or off road at 10 MPH.

It is well designed truck that holds the family and all of our gear for long vacations very well.

If it wasn't in the shop so often I would really like this vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th October, 2004

4th Nov 2004, 08:57

Hey guess what. This car now needs transmission number FOUR!

Not on my dime. I'm all done. Time for a trade in.

3rd Jun 2005, 15:59

Hi, I'm a sad owner of my 1995 Ford Explorer with 230K km on the clock. I know one thing for sure, I will not buy another Ford. Transfer case broke around 200K, I replaced with used one (had only 130K on it) and have a feeling I will be doing it again soon. Transmission doesn't work properly and have very hard downshifts. Engine doesn't want to idle in a hot weather. Tailgate squeaks like crazy when driving over uneven terrain, rigidity of the frame and body is insufficient I suppose. Vechicle is covered with rust spots and it is only 10 years old. My previous Audi 5000 had no rust what so ever and it was almost 20 years old. However Explorer have very comfortable ride, good fuel consumption (surprisingly its almost the same as my Audi 5000 with 2.3 litre engine) and it is very cheap to own and operate.

1995 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired158624 miles
Most recent distance172872 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

The best truck I have ever owned

Faults:

I replaced the automatic transmission after I purchased the vehicle. I had it checked out first to be on the safe side. I believe the truck was towed behind a motor home by previous owner.

I replaced brakes on front and rear plus new front rotors at 155,000 miles.

I replaced dash lamps and console lamps.

General Comments:

This truck handles like a dream on and off road.

The seats are very comfortable, I really like the pull-out extension for better knee support/comfort.

All knobs, control switches, etc. are very clear and easy to see and use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2004

1995 Ford Explorer XLT 4L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Trooper

Summary:

Part truck, part minivan. Handy, but hard on gas

Faults:

Lower ball joints 55,000 and 130,000 miles.

Stabilizer links about 60,000 and 110,000 miles.

Front brakes about 75,000 miles.

Rear brakes, about 90,000 miles.

Left upper ball joint, about 90,000 miles.

Shocks, 90,000 miles.

Fuel pump at 110,000 miles.

Parking brake shoes at 110,000 miles.

Front differential axle seals 120,000 miles.

Rear pinion seal 152,000 miles.

Automatic transmission overhaul at 153,000 miles.

General Comments:

Except for the lower ball joints, reliability is very reasonable.

I have gotten 20 mpg on trips in warm weather, but 16 mpg is typical.

Good performance for a small truck, I tow about 2,500 pounds with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2003

29th May 2006, 17:14

To the Gentleman stating that he would never by another Ford, {Explorer 1995}. I`m going on 150,000 miles, oil changed every 2000 miles, and filter. Tows my boat no problems. If you don`t want problems with a SUV, stay away from, Chevy, GMC, Dodge. Then you`ll have problems. Chao.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 20 reviews