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Dec 14, 2000 (12:13 am)
My wife and I have been leaseing a '96 Eddie Bauer Eplorer equiped w/AWD & V-8 since May 1998. This vehicle was fresh fromm a 2-year lease stint and millage stood 24k. Although not perfect, this vehicle with 59k has proven depedable, roomy, and well built.
We have replaced an O2 sensor, the EGR valve (Ford bugaboo)and had a stuck HVAC door. Otherwise it still has its original tires, brakes, battery, belts, wiipers, and bulbs. The paint quality is much better than on other Fords we have owned, and still looks awesome (black & Gold) and am prouid to drive this vehicle.
Although the ride is stiff, the hadling is very tight (huge anti-rollbar) and has good steering (rack and pinion). To me it feels like a big Mustang; stiff and fun. When Ford revised the Explorer in 1995, they threw out the twin I-beam, and resirculating ball steering system and went torsen bar upper and lower control arms and enclosed the front half of the frame. The result of which is stiff and steady with excellent alignment and tire wear charictoristics.
Although I like Fords (especially modified Mustangs), I currently drive a '94 BMW 530i. This car has proven to a be fine car, but the Explorer has a certain "do all" ability that really makes a stronger impression for pride in ownership.
I think millions of people have had similar experinces we have had. And would (and will) continue to buy these vehicals. Running cost are not bad, and the room, power, comfort and yes dependability of Explorers are very good.
Explorers are Excellent SUV's
Dec 14, 2000 (1:04 am)
So dont you think that the original tires need to be replaced when they reach 59,000 miles? Just because the tires have tread does not mean that they are still good internally. Isnt 48 months the expected life of the original battery? Better think about the replacement expenses you have coming... not to mention the service required on the radiator, and tranny, rear end and wheel cylinders!
Be sensitve as well as aware that your experinece is not typical for a Ford product, especially the Explorer. The 96 model year was a good production run for the Explorer.. you are lucky. Later years have not been so lucky.
Dec 18, 2000 (10:25 am)
I too have the whistling in the cold weather. I have a 99 XLT V8 AWD. Is that the same engine that others are having this experience with? I never bothered to have it checked because it does go away rather quickly (whithin a few minutes or so) and becuase I know the dealer would never hear it.
I am currently leasing the truck and the lease is up in a little over a year. I am considering buying it after the lease and using it as an extra vehicle, not for everyday. I was thinking of writing to Ford Credit and making an offer for the vehicle lower than the pre-determined price. What are other's experience with this engine? I have to say I have 32,000 miles on it and it runs great! I know someone else with a 95 XLT with the OHV V6 and has lots of trouble.
Anyone else have problems with the rear wiper? I have had to have the motor replaced 3 times.
#366 of 6386 Bad Hub Seals
Dec 18, 2000 (11:18 am)
I am wondering if other people have had the problems I am having. At slow to medium speeds the front Hub Seals are making a loud noise between a whine and metal grinding. The dealer has said they are on permanent back order and have not been able to get them for months. Has anyone else seen this problem, and what did you get done about it. The current dealer will fix it for free, but the timing is slow. Other dealers "claim they can do it right away, but they want to charge me? My guess is they just want my business, I don't feel like driving an hour to a dealer just to hear the part is on back order. What do you think?
#367 of 6386 more strange noises
Dec 18, 2000 (8:14 pm)
any info on what could be causing the occasional low pitch whine from the engine would be appreciated. will notice at idle or at speed. i thought it was water pump bearing going bad but a dealer told me probable belt tensioners (?). i heard there was a tech bulletin on this but of course it never happens when the dealer has it and they won t take your word for it. have a 96 with 80k miles, still very strong otherwise, no rattles, or alignment problems either, but just enough other rinky dink stuff that makes you consider an import. if only those toyotas and 4 runners etc where built for anyone over 6'1". lousy driver comfort for taller people.
Dec 20, 2000 (11:26 am)
The hub seals are a known problem on the truck according to my dealer, but even the re-designed ones they put on my truck last year reverted to the whistling/squealing sound. The thing they did which seemed to fix the problem was changing the type of grease they used in it. They put in a grease which did not "solidify" in cold temps. They said it was more of an annoyance thing than something potentially damaging to the vehicle. My advice would be to wait for the parts or have them try changing the grease. Besides, depending on what model you have, Ford already got $30,000 out of you, why pay for warranty work.
#369 of 6386 Good luck with an Explorer is the exception
Dec 21, 2000 (3:27 pm)
I owned one which cost me $7,000 in repairs before I bailed out. Everytime I'd fix something major (4 wheel drive, transmission, head gasket) I'd think I was set for a while. Not so. I have many friends who also have had their share of problems with their Exploders and the lack of support from Ford. As far as so many being sold I think PT Barnum put it best...There's a sucker born every minute. Ford will never sucker me again.
#370 of 6386 headlight failure
Dec 23, 2000 (8:55 pm)
My headligths have just started to act up at 39,000 miles. When set on auto mode, they don't turn on. When turned on manually, they won't operate on high beam, and operate on low beam if I move the turn signal lever very slightly. Anyone else have this problem? Also, How much should I pay to have a key made (and programmed)?
Dec 25, 2000 (7:35 am)
The new electronic key costs $20 from your dealer.
As far as the high beams go, maybe there is a problem with the steering column wiring harness and turn signal mechanism?
#372 of 6386 To: ISOMAN
Dec 27, 2000 (11:49 am)
I think your pinging problem could be related to the combination of oxygenated fuel and a poor match between the torque characteristics of the engine and the trans shift points. I had a '92 with a 3.27 rear and had the same trouble. They used several rear end gears but didn't recalibrate the transmissions to mate well. Mine always pinged when under load and running at low RPM (usually at 45-50 MPH). I got some relief by adding a freer flowing exhaust and K&N air filter (which boosts available torque). The only other fix is to change the rear end gear to a lower one (they used 3.55 and 3.73 ratios on other models). I hope this is of some help.