1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0 V6 from North America
Timing Chain Tensioners defective replaced twice.
Rear window wiper motor failed 3 times.
All due to poor engineering designs.
Overall our Eddie Bauer has been a very decent vehicle to own. This is until the last year or so when we started having troubles with the Timing Chain tensioners going bad in the engine. After MUCH research on the internet, it has been revealed that this is a very well known problem with the 4.0 SOHC engine. Ford FINALLY corrected the issues staring in the 2000 model year. Another main issue was the Stereo blowing out. This also was a well known issue. This model of Ford's stereo was known to have a defective power supply. I've seen many many many complaints of this. The rear wiper motors are also very lame. Another issue that really bothered me with our Explorer was the POOR ride quality. Yes it's a SUV (truck), but GM found a way to make them ride DECENT. The Explorer just rides TERRIBLE. Simple as that. It is a beautiful looking truck, but very uncomfortable to drive.
Anyways, Ford's lack of accountability for the earlier engine's has MUCH to be desired! We have been VERY disappointed in Ford for NOT standing behind a problem that they KNEW about! This is a VERY POOR business practice. As a matter of fact, we recently sold the Explorer and bought a brand new Jeep Liberty. One of the MAIN reseason we bought the Liberty was DMC's 7yr/70000 mile Warranty. Ford's 3yr/36000 mile warranty just doesn't cut it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th February, 2006
Um, well, given that Ford covered up design flaws in the first two Explorer generations, flaws that were directly attributed to passenger deaths and injuries, did you really expect them to do anything about other issues?
Each of the Big 4 in Detroit, take turns offering 3 or 7 year warranty. I just dumped my $42K Jeep Commander and one of the reasons, is it's poor quality backed up by a 3 yr warranty. So, as we hop back and forth from Jeep/Chrysler to Ford, to GMC/Chevrolet, we will all soon realize that the only companies that really make good cars, are the Japanese and the Germans... did we actually win wars with those guys? What is next in our nation rebuilding scheme... cars from Iraq? Well, maybe not, but if history is any clue; make way for hundreds of thousands of refuges from Iraq with Carte Blanche to our welfare and education system.
Subaru Outbacks are 85% American made... made with American made parts... they are not just assembled in the USA.
People think Chevy and Ford SUV's are American made... but only 60% of their parts are made in America... sad but true.
Heck: every V8 for the last 23 years has been cast in Mexico... so much for American Made Products. You really want to buy American? Better buy a Subaru... seriously dude.