2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.0L from North America
Love, hate relationship
Timing chain @ 116,000 km (Expensive!! Cost around $4200).
Tune-up @120,000 km (Spark plugs, wires, fuel filter, and everything that gets done with a tuneup but is only basic maintenance).
Shocks @ 120,000. I spent around $150 for parts for all four, and done it myself since it was easy (basic maintenance).
All ball joints @ 121,000 km, and that includes upper and lower ball joints, and inner and outer tie rods. All said and done, was around $1500.
RPM Gauge @125,000 km. I noticed that its not reading correctly and got a quote from ford to fix it and was $800 (I didn't get it done, now I just live with it).
Transfer Case @126,500 km. Very expensive for a brand new one, and was tired dumping money into my truck, so I bought a used one for $400 and was $200 to get it installed.
Front Differential Seal, Bushings for sway bar @ 128,000 km, $300.
Break calipers @ 131,500 km $350 for parts, also done myself.
Now my check engine light is on and reads a code say "Engine Misfire" @ 132,000 km, and does not idle properly. I'm currently trying to get this resolved.
Things I like:
For a V6, the power is not too bad and has good low end torque, which gets you off the line faster!
Frame is really stiff and give a real solid feel.
Fairly comfortable on long rides.
Good leg room in back seats for passengers.
The extender on the bed is very useful.
Fairly stable on the highway.
Things I hate:
I work to fix my truck!!
I would expect better gas mileage for a V6.
UNRELIABLE and tired of all the problems.
And if you ever do own this truck, get used to hearing, "that's not a real truck", or "when are you going to get a real truck" now I'm looking into getting a Toyota Tacoma!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th February, 2011
25th Feb 2011, 08:50
"UNRELIABLE and tired of all the problems."
- You now know why it's called the Ford Exploder.
25th Feb 2011, 09:32
Had a 1996 Ford truck that had a similar path that yours did... bought it with about 72,000 on the meter... loved the way it rode... very smooth ride with good (not fast) power from the straight 6 engine and a very reliable truck... but started falling apart at about 107,000... A/C went... someone cut one of the dual gas hoses to steal gas (can't get that hose anymore according to Ford... out of luck)... brakes started making a lot of noises... rear end went out... massive rattles everywhere...
End up selling it for 1800.00... miss that truck a lot... it was such a great riding truck...almost carlike...
Ended up buying a 2005 Tacoma x runner with a big six and 6 speed transmission... went from cheap insurance and no car payments to 391.00 a month at the credit union and double in my insurance... The 2005 Tacoma has great power, but a very firm muscle pulling clutch that wears you out... Also numerous air leaks... A very very firm ride.... also I bought the extra cab that has no room in the rear seats for anything other than maybe tools and a few boxes...
If I had to do it again... I would have bought the older 4 door (crew cab) Toyota Tacoma... 2000-2004 model with a automatic trans.. I am sure good clean non salvage trucks like that would be hard to find .. but it would have been a better choice...
26th Feb 2011, 00:09
Haha, ya I guess I found out the hard way about the Exploder reliability. I recently went to the part store and gave the guy my information on the make and model, and he responded "oh ya, the Ford EXPLODER" haha that made me laugh.
Thanks for the info about the Tacoma, I test drove a Tundra the other day, and man it's nice, quiet, and rides like a car, so I'm also considering that now.