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#1121 of 6400 2000 troubles
Dec 26, 2001 (4:20 pm)
Whats funny about the Bumping feeling is that it only happends a handful of times like ryster said. It did however just start doing this thing yesturday and I'm not sure is it's going to do it more often or if it's going to get worse. Thats what I'm worried about. All I seem to think while driving it is that it will buck/bump/something terrible and have the transmition fail. Before my 2000 Explorer I had a 1998 Expedition that was an excellent vehicle. To this day I kick myself for trading that in. I will just hope that it goes away and I wont try to worry about it. I also hope that having Bill Ford in the drivers seat will healp FORD quality. Everyone have a Happy New Year!
#1122 of 6400 What is it about 1996/1997 Ford Explorers
Dec 26, 2001 (6:10 pm)
If I have read one post, I have read 20 extolling the virtues of these two model years. For some reason people seem to think these two years were the best years for Ford Explorers, I'm wondering why. I have to admit also, I haven't seen a lot of posts complaining about Explorer faults relative to these two model years. Anyone have an opinon about this?
Dec 26, 2001 (6:35 pm)
I can't speak to the 96 and 97 models but I have a 95 with 73,000 miles on it. Other than routine maintenance, the only money I have had to put into it was for a new thermostat. I did have quite a few visits to the dealer under warranty, but fortunately I must have found all the bugs in time.
Seems like a lot of the gripes come from the ohc engine, which was not available in 95 when I bought mine.
#1124 of 6400 Jolt/Bumping Problem
Dec 26, 2001 (7:31 pm)
I had a Pontiac 6000 years ago that would occasionally act just like some of you are describing - I mean it would jolt so hard that I thought the tranny fell out. Turned out to be a bad ignition wire. The dealer replaced the offending wire and it never happened again. Just a thought.
#1125 of 6400 smily1 & mazman1
Dec 27, 2001 (7:04 am)
Thanks for all the info. Now just have to decide what to use.
Dec 27, 2001 (11:16 am)
I've been lurking around this board for a few months now silently nodding each time I read about a problem I've had with mine. Then I read your post re: '96 / '97 being realtively good years. I can't speak for all 1997's, but my 1997 EB V8 with 50k miles in now on engine #3 (1st went due to broken piston, 2nd to misaligned drive shaft), radiator #2, and radio #3, just to name a few. If this is a good year, I'd hate to have one from a bad year!
Dec 27, 2001 (1:59 pm)
Welcome to the Town Hall!
Sorry to hear about your misfortune.
#1128 of 6400 96 (95?) good years
Dec 27, 2001 (3:50 pm)
I believe the reason that the 1996 model year seems to fare better qualitywise is because the Explorer had a refreshening in 1997. I think durring that refreshening they also fit in some cheepening. ZMAN3 also mentioned that his 95 is a good vehicle. Come to think of it, I don't remember hearing to many complaints about 95s. Maybe we can add that year to the "good years" list for Explorers
#1129 of 6400 To jphdxl RE Your EB 97
Dec 27, 2001 (5:10 pm)
Sorry to hear about your problems. Have an AWD V-8 XLT that hasn't given me one minutes worth of problems other than I replaced the shocks about six months ago. One of the rears was leaking a little. I'm running synthetics in every thing, front and rear differentails, engine and transmission. I may do some over kill on maintenance, but I figure if this keeps it out of the shop, it will be worth it. I love the OHV 302 V-8, I think it is one of the best engines Ford ever produced. By looking at all the posts in here, I'm glad I don't have a V-6. That has been another observation I made from the number of comments made on this board. I can afford to pay for the extra gas usage, if I'm not having to address big $ engine and transmission problems.
Dec 27, 2001 (5:50 pm)
Being that there is a lot of mention about it lately, I have some questions about shocks. How long do they usually last (time/mileage) for normal usage? What brand does Ford put in as stock (2000 model year)?
The one thing I really can't stand about my Explorer is the way the rear end kicks out if you go around a bend that has uneven pavement. Would it be better to get a stiffer or softer shock to eliminate this problem. PS...I think the thing rides pretty stiff as it is.