"I purchased this vehicle as a demo model with 16,000 miles on it in December of 2001. This model is the Explorer XLT with power everything, rear wheel drive, 4.0 liter 6-cylinder engine, 3rd row seats, leather seats, front and side curtain air bags, towing package, roof rack, running boards, backup sensors (which have been a plus), 6-disc cd player, etc. I have had this Explorer for over five years. It now has almost 120,000 miles.
After owning a 1989 Ford Taurus, that I purchased new, for over 12 years, I decided to give Ford another try. This vehicle has been very reliable. I have had a few minor issues with the vehicle, such as replacing the rear wheel bearings, replacing the fan motor, and replacing the power window switch.
My family and I have taken several long distance trips over the years in this Explorer . This vehicle is quite confortable for a sports utility vehicle. The 3rd row seat has been a blessing. I have had the vehicle fully loaded with passengers plus a carrying luggage on top of the vehicle and still get decent gas mileage.
My only complaint is the quality of the interior plastic materials and the rear rubber door seals. The door seals come out of their tracks and have to be pushed back in place. I am thinking of 'crazy glueing' the seal in place. I feel that the interior plastic moulding looks cheap, but it has held up very well over the years.
We keep our cars for a long time. Our 1993 Mecury Villager, purchased with 27,000 miles, now has over 215,000 miles. I would seriously consider purchasing another Explorer if this one dies. I have always felt that the Exployers are one of the most stylish SUVs on the market. I would like to have one with a moonroof and fog lights (just for vanity). However, I expect to keep this Explorer XLT for a few more years."
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