1999 Ford Explorer Sport XLT from North America
I absolutely love this car
My grandfather bought this car from a family friend as my first car. The car has been VERY dependent. We bought this car at around 25,000 miles and I have put well over 100,000 miles on it. I was somewhat rough on it, as it was my first car.
The rear wiper does not fully clear the rear window.
The dashlight occasionally goes in and out.
The digital compass/thermometer recently stopped working.
While 100 miles away from school, a filter and belt needed to be replaced.
Rear passenger seatbelt decided to stop working.
The transmission needs to be replaced relatively soon.
I LOVE this car. It has ran like a dream up until about two months ago (Keep in mind the car is 10 years old). I drove it 400+ miles a week to school, work and traveled a lot in it.
It's not a real fast pick up and go car, but it has always gotten me where I need to go in a very safe manner.
I have been in two wrecks with this car, and it has always kept me safe.
The inside is very roomy and comfortable. I really like the extra large seats.
I like the fact that it's not extremely touchy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2009
>> The rear wiper does not fully clear the rear window. <<
That's a known issue. When they changed to the curved glass, it made the location and angle of the wiper motor a critical dimension, which was seldom held due to manufacturing tolerances.
To fix it, you have to grind (or file) down the cast-in "stop" on the wiper arm base. This stop prevents the arm from moving forward far enough to allow the blade to contact the glass during some angles of its sweep.
It's easy enough to do:
1. Remove the wiper arm from the vehicle.
2. Remove the wiper blade from the arm.
3. Detach and remove the tension spring from the wiper arm.
4. Note where the arm hits the stop at the full forward position.
5. Reduce the height of the stop enough to get an additional inch of forward movement at the blade mounting end.
6. Reattach the spring and blade, and re-mount the arm to the vehicle.
7. Enjoy a clear rear window.