I would have this car before I bought a new one, and keep even if I did
The power locks/doors stopped working of a few occasions.
The solenoids filled with water and the cars stopped when driving in flood conditions in Texas.
Thermostat was replaced on two occasions.
Check engine light came on many times if speeds exceeded 80 miles per hour, but eventually turned off.
The low gear on the Four Wheel Drive control stopped working.
Several cables corroded, rubber lines were replaced, as well as some wiring, but mostly just minor replacements.
Starter was replaced once.
Muffler seem to need replacement more often than it should.
Front-end bushing and brake pads were replaced several times.
Plastic exterior pieces faded, while interior plastic pieces are starting to break.
This car handle amazing considering the hype about the SUV, roll-over problems. I hit some oil slick on the freeway during a seldom down pour in Phoenix, slid back and forth 4 to 5 times and regained control. I could see that a driver who freaks out and over-compensates could be prone to a roll over.
This car was in Germany for 3 years, driving on the autobahns at autobahn speeds several times a week. It handled the road superbly and solicited looks of awe as I passed many German motorists. It's acceleration isn't the fastest, but it maintains speed very well.
Very comfortable and roomy, providing for ample adjustment from small to large drivers.
I love the individually folding back seats.
Over-all, the Ford wiring isn't top notch, but the car is very durable and handles surprisingly well.
If you take care of this car, this car will take care of you and your pocket book.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th August, 2003