1999 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L SOHC from North America
Great fun all year round vehicle, gave me an awesome first car experience!
The rear seat belt broke on the passenger side, however not much of a problem and it's easy to find a replacement.
My engine went at 157000Km. This was due to the result of not changing my timing chain when it was supposed to. Although costly, I got a used engine at the wreckers and got it installed for $1500. Currently the engine now has 84000km.
Shocks were pretty much finished at 150000km, but were the result of wear and tear, and were a cheap, easy do it yourself fix at about $75.
The lights in the original deck stopped working, so I had a new aftermarket deck installed for $250. Fixing the original was probably a easy fix, but the Ipod is better than the radio for me :).
This is my favorite car I have driven so far! The motor is a good size for the car, so it has quite a bit of go. Fairly easy to pass people on the highway and what not. Runs a fairly smooth ride; truck like, but not as bumpy. The steering is pretty good for an SUV, and usually handles well till about 140Kmph or 80mph, then it gets shaky.
The seats are fairly comfortable, but I wouldn't recommend a drive over 7 hours without a break. The seats adjust awesomely; like any new car you will drive, it takes a bit to get it just right. The only downside to mine is being a 2-door. I like the look a lot better, but it's just not practical if you need to let people in and out all the time. Good amount of trunk space for an SUV, I have never not had enough room to move something.
My parents have had this vehicle since 15000km, and the engine going is the first big thing to go wrong with it. It's been very reliable except for when the dealership messed up putting spark plugs in and made it not run properly for awhile. How you mess that up I really don't know.
The only other downsides other than the 2 door is not great gas mileage, about 17-20 miles to the gallon or 13-14L to 100km. In addition the tires are expensive as well; anywhere $1000+, but the 4X4 can make all seasons worth getting.
I EXTREMELY recommend getting the timing chain replaced in good time to avoid the problem I had too; a $500 fix turned into a hell of a lot more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th November, 2009