1999 Ford Explorer Reviews - Page 9 of 17

1999 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0 OH from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 OH Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Sporty, all purpose SUV

Faults:

Front Brakes done twice, due to putting metalliac pads on and not ceramic as called for by Ford. Passenger side seat broke, $400 to fix. Drivers side seat fixed under recall. Alternator tensor pulley blew too pieces, $375.00 to fix. Tires replaced, no charge. Dash lights and steering wheel lights replaced, due to burning out. $200.00 to fix. Otherwise very reliable and enjoyable ride. Great for weekends away.

General Comments:

Truck has a lot of power to spare, and no problem commuting to and from work, even though expensive on fuel, being all wheel drive. Very happy with the truck and money well spent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2004

1999 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance157000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

A high class SUV

Faults:

Brakes squeal bad at half way wore out, had to replace from aggravation.

Front fog light got broke, had to replace at a scary 125 dollars.

General Comments:

In my opinion a real nice suv for the first time buyer, impressed with comfort and dependability and power.

Doesn't handle well at high speeds though.

Only other aggravation is when passing someone engine goes from 2500 rpm to 5000 in a instant motor sounds like its gonna blow up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2004

1999 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0L SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance92500 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Excellent SUV, if you maintain it properly

Faults:

Transmission Replaced. (After I had attempted to pull a tree stump...shhh) Fully-Covered by my 3rd-Party 100,000mi Extended Warranty.

Tie-Rods 2x. Covered by my 3rd-Party 100,000mi Extended Warranty, had to pay for a dealership's alignment each time.

Power Steering Pump. What Ford DOESN'T have a noisy PS? Replaced, but PSP still whines from time to time. My Taurus had the same problem. Ford characteristic?

Firestone Tires (Recalled RIGHT at the time I was about to purchase a new set, so, Woo-HOO!) Goodyear Eagle 255's on now. More tread on the road, better traction, 'nuff-said.

Front Center Armrest replaced 1x, then ran out of original Ford warranty. $200 US is tough to justify for a stupid armrest, if you ask me, so we deal with it.

General Comments:

We've had this Explorer as our primary family vehicle (Wife, two kids 9/5, and myself) since 1999. In 2004, we find ourselves ~92K miles, and this bad boy just won't quit.

We've run NOTHING except Mobil 1 10W30 Synthetic Oil (Except for the original oil it was sold to us with) and are religious in changing our fluids on time/mileage. We run Chevron & Texaco "Plus" unleaded fuel and periodically run some Chevron Techron fuel additive quarterly, and have zero engine knock and smooth operation nearly 100% of the time.

The transmission replacement was a result of a *ahem* grossly-mis-calculated guess that enough of the roots had been uprooted prior to attempting to remove the stump. For all I know, the transmission would have been fine to date.

The tie-rod replacements I write-off to wear & tear from some of the not-so-nice roads I frequent.

Overall, it's a sturdy SUV/Grocery-Getter, and I see no immediate need to replace it, short of an accident. The engine is well-maintained, the chassis is in top condition inside and out. I love this truck.

My only REAL gripe: That darn front center armrest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2004

1999 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles

Summary:

An expensive venture!

Faults:

My 1999 Ford Explorer I purchased a week ago and I am already having major problems.

At 100000 miles I am in need of new valves and lifters. BIG DOLLARS!

I also need to replace the power lock switches.

The engine in this explorer is very sluggish for a large v-6.

Other than all these problems I love the space, styling, and comfort.

It just seems like an awful lot of work for a five year old vehicle.

Considering I have a 1996 Mercury Sable with well over 225,000 miles and no serious problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th February, 2004

1999 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Good engine performance, poor ride

Faults:

I'd have to say that overall, our car has run pretty well. We take very good care of it, change the oil regularly and the engine seems to be in great condition. Problems are that road noise is pretty loud and if you add in the radio, you can hardly talk to a passenger. Like most of it's kind, the LCD screen on the dash is gone and repair is +$200. The rear wiper is goofed up and will only clean a small portion of the window. The leather seats are okay, but showing wear.

General Comments:

I don't like the way this vehicle drives. The ride is very very bumpy... you can feel each and every nuance in the road. It was really hard on me when I was pregnant.

The good side is that it runs great and repair costs have been minimal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th January, 2004

1st Mar 2006, 02:09

Agree with the above. Have 1999 Eddie Bauer and the stereo display went out a long time ago, the rear wiper also doesn't work well despite "fixes." No major engine fixes after 46K miles, other than a gasket that blew at 20K. Idles very roughly on cold mornings and stalls out if you don't let it warm up for 3-4 minutes. Ride is rough, although redesign in 2000 may give smoother ride.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 61 reviews