2001 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0 V6 from North America
201k miles and still kickin
I've owned this Explorer for a few months now. The high miles scared me, but it has proven itself to be very reliable.
The front end needed adjustment, because the tires were at an angle wearing the tread unevenly. Only a $60 fix with an alignment, balance, and rotation.
Shocks are bad, but it's only noticeable when going over 60mph. It'll shake, but it's not too bad. Worse can be expected for shocks with over 200k miles on them.
Driver side door handle latch assembly went out but that's only a $30 dollar part if I do it myself. I wish Ford would recall them because it's a common issue. I'm currently pulling the Beau Duke move out of the window.
Sometimes will not crank the first try, but always cranks the second. Probably due to the face that the spark plugs have not been changed in a long time.
Nothing major has gone wrong. Just simple little fixes. I hope I am not jinxing myself!
It has a lot of power for a V6. It's quick when you need it to be, but high speeds are not for a short wheel base SUV, so steer clear if you like going fast.
Gas mileage is fairly decent for an SUV. I drive 300 miles to my base every month cruising at 60mph. I still have over 1/4 of a tank when I get there.
Has a great turning radius, and is very easy to park.
Nice to travel in for 2, maybe 3 people, but 4 makes it a little crowded.
Looks are very appealing, but for some reason it doesn't hold its value very well.
With over 200k miles, this truck runs like it has 50k miles. Doesn't smoke or burn one drop of oil.
I'm overall very well pleased with owning my Explorer Sport. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a small SUV.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd November, 2009
23rd Jan 2010, 15:49
I'm buying a Ford Explorer Sport SUV off my brother. It has 165000km on it, and nothing has gone wrong since he got it.
26th Jun 2010, 13:31
You are lucky indeed with nothing wrong with the car. I own the same 2001 Explorer Sport, and have got 118700 on it right now.
You definitely give me hope that my car will last till I graduate, since I am driving 120 miles, 3 day a week, back and forth to school.
A shock on mine is bad, so I just changed it yesterday, but I think it's worse than before, so I took it back to the shop for them to test drive, and they told me to bring it back on Wednesday to put in a new one, maybe it's a defective shock. That's what they told me anyway, but I did request to get the new mechanic to work on it.
Anyway, thanks for the hope that my car will last another 100,000 more miles and take more beating on the road until I finish school, have a real job that does pay for you to go on vacation, and have enough money left to buy a new car. (I mean to pay a monthly payment on the new car :)