Maintain it well, and it will last
As far as I have owned the vehicle, it is doing well for having 219,000 miles when I purchased it.
Did basic maintenance. Changed a wheel bearing and all 4 shocks.
Front end is a bit clunky, and the steering feels loose.
To my surprise, I'm not a fan of Ford vehicles, but this OHV 4.0L engine has done well. Also has an exhaust manifold leak. It does not burn any oil so far, and the engine runs smooth. Gas gauge stopped working recently.
I have added a $20 Flowtech Raptor muffler and a custom cold air intake, and it seems to like it. The stock airbox, I could not replace, as the ones at the junkyard were also broken at the mounting tabs, and would leak. The throttle body and MAF were really dirty when I bought this vehicle, and I would recommend cleaning them both on a regular basis.
It has a bit larger than stock tires, so the RPM's stay nice and low when shifting. I never have to pass 2,000 RPM. It has plenty of torque under 2000 RPM to keep the engine well under-revved and lasting longer. At 60 MPH it's at about 1800 RPM. Haven't tested my fuel mileage yet.
Interior is pretty well stained, and the ceiling liner is sagging and ripped. Door armrests are ripped off.
Vehicle had front end damage that I repaired when I purchased it. Parts are fairly easy to replace if you can find them at a junkyard. Engine is easy to repair. 4.0L OHV parts and engines are plentiful. The transmission shifts a bit clunky, and may need new throwout bearing and shifter bushings.
Overall, if you can get one for $200 like I did, it's a good vehicle considering it has 221,XXX miles now and runs fine. I expect to put many more miles on it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th May, 2011