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#538 of 6385 RE: The Other Vehicle
Feb 17, 2001 (10:17 am)
My wife is also considering the Lincoln LS V8 Sport. These two choices came with some discussions. I absouletly refused to buy a BMW SRV or the big Lexus sedan, 60k each. After we went to the New Car Show in San Jose, and my wife read the Edmund's consumer discussions and reviews of the 2002 Explorer and Lincoln LS she decited with those two. I am very pleased with her decisions. I like Ford Motor Company products.
#539 of 6385 Lincoln LS and '02 Explorer
Feb 17, 2001 (4:19 pm)
Well, I'm glad you like Ford products! (My wife's an Industrial engineer for Ford!)
I've driven the LS V8, and I really liked it. The interior noise was quite low, and the V8 power is nice. It's not as nice as the Lexus LS430, but it's also quite a bit less expensive!
I haven't had a chance to drive an '02 Explorer, nor has anyone else, really, but it sounds very impressive in all the articles I read. I'm sure it won't have as nice a ride or "pep" as the LS, but I suppose it's not really supposed to!
My wife and I are actually in the process of purchasing a new vehicle, and we're actually going to get an Expedition. Our second choice was the '02 Explorer, but the special finance rate and our discount on the Expedition are so good, that it will cost us less overall than the Explorer.
#540 of 6385 EngineIssues
Feb 19, 2001 (9:46 am)
Lately, I've been having some problems with my engine, I think. It seems that between 2000 and 3000 rpms, my engine seems very noisy causing vibration and harshness. Anything under 2000 rpms or above 3rpms, everything is ok. Just between 2000 and 3000rpms is where the problem exists. I'm not very technical when it comes to cars and for all I know it may not even be the engine. The dealer thought it was engine mounts and neutralized them as well as the exhaust system but that didn't fix the problem. Just wondering if anyone experienced this problem or have any suggestions I can make to my dealer. Thanks a lot.
Feb 20, 2001 (2:56 pm)
Does this happen when the vehicle is in gear or in neutral?
When was the last time you changed your spark plugs/wires? 02 Sensor?
Feb 20, 2001 (4:59 pm)
The car is in gear when the problem occurs. It's really tough to merge onto expressways. I really have to floor the car to get it over 3000rpms so the noise is minimized. I usually feel the vibration in the seats and on the gas pedal. And my center console vibrates as well. It's not as bad when I'm in 4X4 high. Regarding the spark plugs and wires, I don't know when they've been changed. I bought this truck used with 23k miles on it. Same goes for the 02 sensor. A friend told me it could be the heat shield?? Right now my car is at the service garage. At least my dealer can recognize the problem. This is the 3rd attempt to fix the problem. No solution as of yet.
#543 of 6385 SCOOTY THE SERVICE MANAGER WAS RIGHT
Feb 20, 2001 (9:15 pm)
The service manager explained to me what was causing the rattle,the engineering shortfalls,and the sub-quality of the parts. This service manager was right on this count for the 4.0 SOHC V-6.
#544 of 6385 Should I buy my 98 Explorer Sport?
Feb 21, 2001 (11:21 am)
I am currently leasing a Ford Explorer Sport. I am thinking about buying out the lease (I have already exceeded my mile limit). My car has caused me no problems other than the radio and the seat lever replacement (covered under warranty). I am looking for advice on whether or not to buy the car. Also, I was contemplating whether or not to buy the extended warranty. Does anyone have any advice?
#545 of 6385 Should I buy my 98 Explorer Sport?
Feb 21, 2001 (11:23 am)
I am currently leasing a Ford Explorer Sport. I am thinking about buying out the lease (I have already exceeded the 36,000 mile limit). My car has caused me no problems other than the radio and the seat lever replacement (covered under warranty). I am looking for advice on whether or not to buy the car. Also, I was contemplating whether or not to buy the extended warranty. Does anyone have any advice?
#546 of 6385 I won, ford is buying back my 99 XLT....
Feb 21, 2001 (11:42 am)
After 18 months of constant problems, I finaly won my law suit against ford and they have agreed to buy my explorer back. My suggestion to all is to sue ford, it will cost you about $300 - $350. But it's money well spent. Good by to all and best of luck.
#547 of 6385 CD player advice
Feb 21, 2001 (1:47 pm)
My Ford dealer wanted $600(!) to install a CD changer that would work with the in-dash factory radio in my '97 Explorer.
So I went to several auto stereo specialists in town who quoted me $200-250 for a high quality (e.g. Kenwood, Alpine) 6-disc changer, plus $150-200 for the required adaptors (which allow the Ford radio to "understand" the changer) plus $60 install, total $450-500.
I ended up buying an Alpine in-dash Radio/CD player for $179 with free install from Circuit City. The sound quality is excellent, and I can easily un-plug it when I sell the vehicle.
Ford clearly does not want to sell aftermarket CD players. And I don't understand why vehicle manufacturers don't utilize a single standard (like VCRs or Palms) to control their stereos. To hell with the greedy auto mfrs.