A reliable affordable joy of an SUV
9k miles the Transmission "stuck."
Dealer service and warranty have been fantastic on this vehicle. I've only taken it in once, for the above transmission problem, and it was fixed in 3 days with no recurrence.
This Explorer has been incredibly reliable. We have taken SEVERAL trips of 1k or more, towing all sort of things, and the vehicle has had no problems. It runs great and gets good gas mileage for its size, in part because of the optional 5 speed automatic. That's right 5 speed auto. The 4 wheel disc brakes have been tested many times, and they stop this heavy vehicle quick.. even on snow and ice.
As with all American SUV's, it has depreciated greatly, but vehicles are an expense not an investment, and so I don't mind.
Back seat is a little cramped, but that's why Ford makes the Expedition. Also, the accouterments for the wheel jack are quite inconvenient to reach, especially if you have the rear compartment packed.
Finally, the auto insurance is cheaper than my 97 Honda Accord!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th June, 2003