2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 from North America

Summary:

Solid, inexpensive, reliable vehicle, I will definitely buy another.

Faults:

Exhaust work.

Replaced front wheel bearings.

General Comments:

I like the Ford Explorer. Used to think they were only wimpy grocery getters. WRONG! Actually a genuine SUV.

Handles snow and inclement weather with ease. Very surefooted. But use common sense.

Pulls my 17ft travel trailer with ease.

Slow acceleration, but it's not built for speed, but to get WHEREVER you need to go. Jeeps don't lose me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2012

2000 Ford Explorer from North America

Summary:

I would buy another one

Faults:

Power lock for tailgate went at 200 000k, just use the key now.

Rear wiper stopped working at 240 000k.

General Comments:

Lots of power for towing and acceleration.

Handles and drive smooth for an SUV.

I have had this Ford now for almost 7 yrs, and have not had to spend any money on repairs outside of regular maintenance, tires, brakes, oil changes.

Starts and runs great everyday, fun to drive. The only negative thing that I have to say about the Explorer is that, it is very hard on fuel. Especially when towing.

Started to get surface rust around the bumper and running boards about a year ago. After 9 years, that is to be expected.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2010

4th Dec 2010, 14:29

We had three Explorers. All were 100% flawless. We didn't keep any of them over 100,000 miles. but considering that one of our other Fords made over 300,000 with less than $500 in repairs, I'm sure the Explorers would have too.

19th Dec 2012, 16:16

Is your Explorer the 4.0L V6 or 5.0L V8 ?

2000 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0 V8 from North America

Summary:

Trouble free for 10 years

Faults:

Truck needed new radiator at about 175,000 miles, and a new driver's side door handle around the same time.

Those have been the only repairs to date!

Still has original starter and alternator.

General Comments:

Purchased this truck brand new.

5.0l V8 has excellent passing and towing power.

Still starts first turn of the key, and runs perfect.

This truck came with 2WD, not the AWD.

Wind noise is slightly noticeable.

Rear window wiper doesn't work well.

Drives nice, drivetrain is bulletproof...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2010

2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 V6 from North America

Summary:

One of the best vehicle we have owned. Still driving today

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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!

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

Review Date: 26th October, 2010

1st Jan 2013, 16:44

I've bought a 1996 Explorer Sport in 2006, with 164000 miles. It's been awesome. All I have replaced is the alternator and battery. I changed the transmission fluid and filter myself.

This is without a doubt the best SUV Ford has ever produced. I'll keep it up myself, keep her rolling. I changed the plugs and wires; can't complain too much about gas, and it offers great protection.

Signed (have you driven a Ford lately?)