Quality control was off the day my car was built
I have to agree with everyone else on the newer Fords. Since purchasing my Explorer, I have replaced the motor and the transmission, rear wiper, factory radio, IAC, most ABS components (light is still on). Also the outside temp/compass died and most of the dash lighting.
At about 96k miles, the oil pressure dropped while driving down the freeway and threw a rod. (common failure with the 4.0's)
A month later, the new motor almost got trashed when the seams on the side of the radiator started leaking.
The IAC I have replaced twice.
After owning it three months, the ABS light came on. At that time, no one knew how to even begin diagnosing it, and the dealer wanted me to pay for them to look at it.
Factory radio ate one of my CDs, literally, about a month after I bought it.
Recently the transmission died. It wants to go forward no matter what gear it's in, including reverse. Have searched all over for a reasonable used one, however I have yet to find one that would be backed by the seller.
The rear wiper; I have found that it was very fragile, and if handled wrong, it will have to be replaced (handled = resting something on it while trying to load the back with luggage).
I deal with a lot of cars on a daily basis. My second car is a 98 E-class Mercedes with just over 100k miles. I have had problems with it as well, but they seem to be all related. (i.e. transmission).
My Explorer reminds me of my ex-wife. No matter how much money I throw at it, it always wants more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th February, 2011