Every 3k miles we service the vehicle ourselves.
My family has had this Explorer since new. So, I have a lot of info in this section.
I listed the “out of ordinary” repairs. I did not list brakes, spark plugs, ext...
Auto transmission replaced at 70k miles by dealer.
Replaced idle air control valve at 150k miles.
Rear wheel bearing went out at 215k miles.
Driver seat recliner broke after 100k miles. The factory missed a bolt for the seat track, and the track broke in half. I added the bolt, and the seat now works. But, there is a lot of play in the recliner. The seat really needs to be replaced.
Cruise control button on the steering wheel fell apart.
The temp gauge keeps bouncing around from time to time.
Where do I start? I remember when my father and brother pulled up to the driveway in the new Explorer. I liked the outside and inside color from the start. New car smell and power everything! I remember telling my brother “too bad it’s not going to last”. He had a puzzled look on his face. My brother said “What?”. I continued on with a simple reply “yeah, it’s still a Ford”.
Only now do I realize how wrong I was. Now it is my Explorer, and when I think back on that memory, I just laugh inside. We have always taken good care of all our vehicles. My family has never driven any of our cars into the ground. They seem to last well beyond their years of service. Most people compliment us on our cars, because they are in such great shape. I must have thought little of Ford at that time, seeing how so many people complain about Fords. Maybe it’s because there are a lot of Fords on the road. Or, maybe it’s because people don’t take care of them. I realized this fact a few years ago. A friend of mine was talking about how well her Acura has lasted through the years. I replied “yeah, you take it to the dealer every few months”. She replied “it’s an expensive investment. I do that to protect my investment.” I replied “yeah, too bad you didn’t take your previous car into the dealer every few months”. She responded “That Escort was a piece of junk, it was lucky it I went to the Jiffy Lube once a year!”
If you are thinking about buying an Explorer or keeping your existing Explorer, I can tell you this. We have 257,500 miles on our Explorer at this moment. It has that original engine. The transmission was swapped out under warranty at 70k. If you were to ride in the passenger seat, and try and guess the mileage, you wouldn’t even come close. Most people I ask when riding along guess 50k miles. One person thought I swapped the gauges with a junk yard vehicle just to trick people. It rides that nice!