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Aug 28, 2005 (9:24 am)
I have finally purchased my first SUV. It is a 2003 Explorer SLT sport. Further to my reviews of consumer reports, 2003 was the highest and best year I could afford. This vehicle came with a very reasonable price; it is fully loaded and spotless. The price is at least 10-15 cheaper than the average price. We have checked the vehicle history over the internet and it showed clean. The dealership told me that they had to get rid of this SUV since it was sitting in their lot for almost 2 months. It is a lease return from Ford Credit and I am paying the same money the dealership paid to Ford Credit. He showed me the invoice and his sales contract. Because the car was in mint condition and spotless I asked the dealer to put a condition on the sales contract. The contract clearly states that if a 3rd party registered mechanic gives a report to me about the accident status of this vehicle and if this report says that this vehicle got involved in a major accident I have the every right to claim my money back. The dearlership said he had no problem in adding this condition in the contract so he could get his money back from Ford Credit as well.
The test drive was a good one accept for the brakes. He told me that the vehicle needed new brakes and they would fix it before the delivery. The break light was also on.
Any ideas why the break light was on? I have only 7 days to challange this contract. Any hint you can provide will help a lot. What else should I do to protect myself? They have also added 30 days powertrain warranty...
This is my first SUV please post alot of answers
Thank you very very much
#4287 of 6400 Re: 2003 Explorer 4.0 SOHC Code P0455 [firerider]
Aug 28, 2005 (10:15 am)
I have a 98 got this same code it was the fuel cap it only has to be lose for a minute to get this code once the cap is tightened the code will remain until it is cleared ( undo the battery for a couple of min.) and hook back up.
#4288 of 6400 4x4 NOT WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 28, 2005 (10:19 am)
I have a 98 xlt the 4x4 is not working it will go into low and high but front wheels are not pulling. Have had no noises of any kind, it has a borge warner 4405 any sugestions. J.D.
#4289 of 6400 2000 Explorer Stalls at Idle
Aug 28, 2005 (11:26 am)
For almost two years now, my Explorer has stalled at Idle. I can always tell when it is about to because it sort of shimmies and chugs. Putting it in neutral doesn't always prevent it from stalling, but it helps often. It doesn't happen every day - I have even gone months without it happening at all. When it does occur, however, it will happen in repeated succession. I have taken it to the mechanic three different times, had three different repairs, and it still does the same thing. He thinks it might actually be the computer, since the check engine light does come on some of the times, but the codes it has given him have not resulted in a repair of the problem. It actually stalled once when I was moving, and I still can't believe I wasn't broadsided (was making a u-turn). I have noticed that sometimes it seems to the be more prominent when the weather is hot, but this isn't necessarily the only time it stalls.
Is anyone else having this problem? If so, do you have any repair suggestions?
#4290 of 6400 Re: BAD IDEA- not to have a dipstick by chuck1 [lateralg]
Aug 28, 2005 (11:43 am)
I'm concerned that some of the do-it-yourself types could do the same.
Thanks for your concern...it's OK. I don't know if the "do it yourself" types can even work on this tranny. My local transmission shop says they even have to buy the fluid from the Ford dealer......
#4291 of 6400 Re: Please help [first_suv]
Aug 28, 2005 (11:46 am)
GET AN EXTENDED WARRANTY....It's very inportant with these things.
Your local dealer....
MAKE THEM FIX the brakes OR RETURN THE VEHICLE!!!!
#4293 of 6400 Re: Please help [first_suv]
Aug 28, 2005 (4:13 pm)
No disrespect intended here - but you're sounding paranoid a little. Any car you buy will bring some inherent risk with it, even a new one. You can't protect yourself from everything. And I doubt that contract would be easily enforceable. You may wnat to have a Carfax report run to see if they have uncovered any issues with the car. Besides that, buy an ESP warranty from Ford, and hope for the best.
#4294 of 6400 Re: Please help [nvbanker]
Aug 28, 2005 (5:26 pm)
"No disrespect intended here - but you're sounding paranoid a little."
Yes, he may be a little paranoid. However, a used car is a used car for a reason. I purchased a used Ford Contour a couple of years back. (I have owned a total of three.) And it had a problem that did not manifest itself until later. I bought it from a private party, hence no recourse. To make a long story very short-inspite of being looked at by the best mechanics and diagnosticians available-it couldn't be fixed, they could not find "the problem". I traded it in and lost over $2,000.00. You do get bad used cars... sometimes they can't be fixed, or they are very expensive to fix. IT happens........
Used cars.... buyers beware!!
#4295 of 6400 Air Conditioner not working
Aug 28, 2005 (8:44 pm)
I have a 95 explorer and the a/c (climate control) just stopped working. I checked the fuses and they are good, system has good gas charge, and compressor clutch has continuity. Fan works, and system appears to be operating correctly, but compressor clutch won't activate. Are there any fusable links that can be checked?