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#289 of 386 valve rattle/ message to Rolnick/ read this
Dec 23, 2000 (6:04 pm)
Ford to extend warranty on Explorer, Mountaineer
published: 01 December 2000
date of revision:
Ford Motor Company has decided to extend the warranty on 1997-2000 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer models produced at their St. Louis assembly plant that are equipped with the 4.0L SOHC engine. The free extended warranty also applies to 2001 Explorer Sport and Sport Trac models with the 4.0L SOHC engine as well.
The extended warranty will only cover the engines camshaft, timing chain tensioner and lower intake manifold gasket for six (6) years of 72,000 miles. If the vehicle already has 72,000 miles than the warranty will be extended to 01 April 2001.
Ford will also authorize dealers to replace all three parts should a vehicle come into the service department for any one of the problems.
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This all pertains to problems with the 4.ol engines with noises like yours.
#290 of 386 Tonneau Cover Leaks
Dec 29, 2000 (4:36 pm)
I have read earlier posts indicating that some individuals have had no problems with leaks.
I have returned mine to the dealer twice to solve leak problems. Leakage occurs while sitting idle in rain and when I hand wash the vehicle. The dealers feedback to me is that they do not guarantee the covers not to leak. I explained that several persons on this board and my neighbor have reported no leaks in their covers. His response was, well I guess you got one that leaks!
Do others have similar leakage problems?
#291 of 386 When will discounts start?
Dec 30, 2000 (1:25 pm)
Went to the dealer today with all intentions of buying a Ranger super/styleside. Saw the Sport Trac for the first time.
Its the only vehicle without rebates or special financing. Sales dude sez they are hot- thats why. I was thinking.. both dealers have over 20 on their lot. Thats not hot to me. No haggle had price from 78$ to $350 off MSRP.
Rangers and Explorers $2K off MSRP.
With the economy tanking and these things building up, anyone think the true sales price will be coming down?
Dec 30, 2000 (3:31 pm)
I don't know where you live, but I was at the Long Beach Convention Center a few months ago. They had a Sport tram on display. As I was looking at it the sales guy says that he is the fleet manager and he will sell any sport tram for $200 over invoice. I don't remember the name of the dealership, but if you are in the area, I could probably dig up the salesman's name and dealership.
Personally with all the bad press explorers have gotten lately, I doubt they are hot sellers.
Dec 30, 2000 (4:30 pm)
I suggest you check around at other dealers. While there might not be any rebates on Sport Trac you should be able to do a lot better than $350 off of MSRP. That's ridiculous. Tell that dealership if they won't haggle then you're going to hit the road.
Dec 30, 2000 (5:17 pm)
Thanks for the info. Im in Tampa FL so CA is too far away unfortunately.
About the recent problems... is the Sport Trac prone to roll or not? Any place I can research that?
#295 of 386 Not Hot Items
Dec 31, 2000 (9:36 am)
Here in San Diego there are lot's of ads in the paper for Sportracs for under $20k and not just one or two.Of course they are 5 speed manuals
which nobody wants in a heavy traffic area such as SoCal.Also I agree about depreciation,it is
awful.The only way to be comfortable with the
situation is buy a 2 year old car with low mileage
and get an insurance policy against breakdown.
#296 of 386 Extended warrenty
Jan 09, 2001 (7:09 am)
Got Sporty Trac in Sept--love!!
We keep our vehicle a long time-1986 Bronco II has 125,000 miles and going strong.
Question--what is opinian off Ford extended warranty if we expect to keep The Trac for at least the 7 years and 100,000 miles???
#297 of 386 Should I or shouldn't I??
Jan 09, 2001 (7:04 pm)
Well, I was all set to order my lovely red, fully loaded Sport Trac this coming weekend UNTIL I READ ALL OF Y'ALL'S MESSAGES!! Very few encouraging words. I made a list of everything that went wrong that each of you wrote about and it covered 2 pages!! I'm now thinking about waiting until the 2002 models arrive, hoping that Ford will have gotten the design problems ironed out by then. In addition, I'm hoping I can avoid the Death Tires and get Michelin instead. I currently drive an immaculate 1995 Mustang GT with 110,000 miles that has been virtually trouble-free since Day One. Am I crazy to even be thinking about throwing away great handling and better gas mileage (Mustang) for a troubled SUV that Ford is now having a hard time selling???? The only problem is that I've test driven 2 ST's and I absolutely LOVE them!!!!
Any encouraging words for me that will get me to the dealer as scheduled this coming Saturday, Jan. 13th?? I REALLY, REALLY want to make this deal (I'm getting it at invoice and with an excellent finance rate), but the accountant in me is whispering "what are you thinking???")... Help, help!!
#298 of 386 Encouraging words for tennispro
Jan 09, 2001 (8:49 pm)
Never let the accountant in you buy a car...you'll always wind up in a Honda because it's so practical.
Seriously, I've had my Sport Trac for four months. I have not had any problems. And I know plenty of other owners who haven't. None of the issues that I've heard of are uncorrectable design flaws. Most are nuisance problems that the factory has either quickly fixed on the production line, or that the dealers can handle.
If you come over to www.mysporttrac.com, we've got lists of common problems to look for when taking delivery of a Sport Trac. If you know what to look for, you can get a Sport Trac without the typical issues, or have the dealer correct anything before you even take delivery.
I've met very few people who have major issues.
Ford and the dealers have been great about standng behind the vehicle and servicing customers well.
I feel it's a solidly made vehicle (and I come from having owned a long line of reliable Hondas).