1999 Ford Explorer LXT 4.0 from North America
It keeps on trucking!!
Transmission replaced at 175,000 ($2000) and I was still driving it! Drove it to the shop... probably would've lasted another couple thousand miles.
Thermostat housing replaced ($100 at most and replaced myself).
General maintenance... brakes, oil changes. No real complaints.
I absolutely love my truck! I saw this truck looking lonely and sad in a used dealership parking lot and something drew me to it. Best decision I've made! I love it so much I have gotten a new paint job, lift, and big tires on it, custom tail lights, Bluetooth DVD player stereo.
I've sunk more into this truck than I paid. Why you ask? Because it's worth every penny. This is my 4th vehicle I've owned and hopefully my last for many years. It's always been reliable and never ever left me stranded. At 175,000 the tranny wasn't shifting into 3rd gear... actually drove it around a while until I drove it right to the shop. Now about 2000 later I have a brand new truck all over again. I have complete confidence this truck will get me anywhere I need to go for many more years to come!
I change the oil every 3k and not a mile over. Check the fluids and tire pressure regularly. It all comes down to preventative maintenance folks! Years worth of road trips back and forth to the Mohave desert in 115 degree heat, it ran like a champ with ice cold A/C.
Gas isn't all that great, but it's a mid size SUV, not a Prius! No one enjoys filling up a 21 gallon tank that gets 14-18 MPG... however it's worth it and not bad compared to other SUVs. But I have bigger tires so that makes it worse for my pocket book.
Couldn't leave this truck if I tried. Was given a Scion tC recently through family. Tried to love it until I noticed the engine was burning through the oil and there was a recall. Newer cheap price of crap. Will be selling that and happily continue to drive around my 18 year old Ford!
I've seen good and bad reviews on the Explorers, but I love mine inside and out; it's like brand new. I highly recommend it... still runs like a champ. This girl loves her Ford!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th January, 2017