1997 Ford Explorer XLT from North America
Great, reliable car that gave us almost no problems
A/C needed recharging at 96,000 miles.
Radiator hose needed replacement around 80,000 miles.
Intermittent mode on wipers quit working around 95,000 miles.
Had my husband not been involved in an accident that totaled out this car, I would have driven it into the ground. I call her old faithful. We purchased this car when it was 3 yrs. old with 36000 miles, a lease turn in. Drove it for 6 years and put 60,000 more miles on it with no troubles other than routine maintenance like oil changes and brake pads, plus the 3 things mentioned above. It was a comfortable drive, very sturdy, and most importantly it did its job in protecting my husband during a terrible accident. He walked away with an airbag burn and a separated shoulder, and the paramedics said he easily could have died. The one downside was it drives more like a truck than a car, and I never felt comfortable driving higher speeds on the highway (over 70mph).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th April, 2005