Solid, dependable, no frills 4x4
Very little. This was an unusual purchase, so please see the general comments.
The automatic actuator to go into 4x4 when the rear wheels slip was broken when we took it home, we think. It went back and was covered under warranty.
The right front caliper froze early on, which I replaced.
The oil sending unit is flaky right now, and like another poster said, the oil gauge is not a gauge... if the sender says OK, the meter pegs to 2/3, or the sender to NOK, the needle drops to 0. It might as well be a light. Other than this, it has only needed fluid changes.
This was an unusual purchase. Visiting a dealer in 2008, shopping for a car for someone else, I saw this immaculate 2001 being "liquidated". Story was it was another dealer's shuttle vehicle who went out of business. My dealer allegedly picked it up off of Ford at a company auction. The kicker: it had less than 5K miles offered for $10999. The wife wanted a 4x4 very badly, having had to weather blizzards with a G20 van for years. Could not pass it up. The risk was possible service issues due to such light use. Got a drive train warranty to mitigate that. The early service problems I had were probably due to the age with light use, ie: sitting, not necessarily quality.
As others has said, the ride is rough. I guess it is due to the non-independent rear suspension. If you roll over a speed bump at an angle, you better be holding on tight.
Visibility is good.
Engine is running strong and proper. No tranny problems.
Gas mileage is particularly bad. We drive mostly around town, and get not much better than 12mpg.
We fell in love with the ride of later Explorer model years that we tried, so we hope to trade up at some point.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th September, 2011