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Apr 06, 2001 (5:39 am)
Ford lost their Quality is Job 1 ad campaign and with it the quality control motivation. I am not saying that the explorer is junk, but just that very little is done to make sure that things are put together correctly before going out the door. There were some design problems, like the timing chain tensioners and gaskets on the SOHC engine, but most of the problems I see and read about here are related to poor build... even the Firestone problem shows that Ford is more concerned with cash than your safety...remember that they recalled the same defective tires in Saudi Arabia in 1999, a year before in the US.
#660 of 6400 97 Explorer XLT - "SQUATS"
Apr 07, 2001 (7:14 am)
I have a 97 XLT and have experienced ALL the "usual" problems and more. Fortunately I have a good and responsive dealer.
Has anyone noticed that their Explorers squat even with the lightest load?
It isn't a real problem except that oncoming drivers are blinded by my headlinghts and it looks funny.
Apr 07, 2001 (12:18 pm)
I've owned a 1997 XLT, 1999 XLT, and 2000 XLS. They all sagged in the rear with even the lightest of loads. I'm talking like a 20 pound box of dog biscuits is enough to make it look different while sitting on the street. I always try to load stuff as close to the back seat as possible.
PS...I'm gonna stay in this room and talk about the Explorers built on an actual truck platform. The people in the 2002 Explorer room didn't take kindly to my comment that the 2002 looks like a minivan on Steroids. Hint, hint...park a Windstar and a 2002 Explorer side by side. Look at the slope of the rear ends on each. They also called our "old" trucks inferior. All I know is my rear window hasn't shattered for no reason as of late, and my truck has not yet exploded due to a fuel tank rupture.
Apr 08, 2001 (8:22 am)
There are a couple of things that you can do that are not too expensive.
1- adjust your headlights so they aim lower... see a haynes manual for how to do that.
2- Next time you are at your mechanic, ask him to lower the setting on the front torsion bars, which will level the truck and make the rear end come up.
3- replace the crap ford shocks with something better.
#663 of 6400 njdevilsrn
Apr 08, 2001 (8:30 am)
I saw that insensitive remark that that guy posted on the 2002 discussion, and I thought about replying, but it would probably start a war or something, he does not seem too bright... so I let it go and ignored him...
Yes, I agree that the 2002 Explorer is more a car than an offroad vehicle, but Ford realized that most of these vehicles are being used in minivan type applications, and do not need offroad capability, hence the less aggressive tires and the independent suspension.... but I was surprized how they cheapened the interior (wouldnt creature comforts be more important to that type of buyer) and one of the best things about my 2000 is the rear view mirror!
The 2001 is not an inferior vehicle to the 2002, just different, and you probably paid a lot less for it than a comparably equipped 2002 would be (and you don't have to be a test dummy for Ford) ... The 2002 is a different vehicle, with a accent towards a different type of consumer than say, a Jeep or Land Rover buyer.
#664 of 6400 To mazman1
Apr 08, 2001 (1:28 pm)
That was well said. I too read the same post on the 2002 and agree that they are two different vehicles with unique applications. Those who are more interested in road manners can opt for the 2002 and those interested in more off road capabilities can opt for an older. I must say that I am very happy with my 98 V8 AWD and have no intentions of trading it for a 2002. No one persons' opinion should be expressed in such an aggressive way as to berate another for their own preference.
#665 of 6400 Disappearing coolant
Apr 08, 2001 (5:11 pm)
Anybody know anything about a 2000 Explorer with the OHV engine losing its coolant?
Last night at the gas station I noticed there wasn't a drop of engine coolant in the reservoir. I decided to let it sit overnight to assess the situation. After sitting all night I looked and same thing. I popped the radiator cap, and as far down as I could see (with the help of a flashlight) there was no coolant to be seen. Some of the coils were bone dry.
I can only think of 3 reasons for this...
1) There is a leak I don't know of
2) It's burning it or doing something else that it goes away without a noticeable leak.
3) There was never enough in there to begin with.
The thing has been to the dealer for maintenance 3 times (just turned 10000 miles), I'd be surprised nobody would notice it wasn't filled properly (or maybe I wouldn't be). Any thoughts?
#666 of 6400 njdevilsrn
Apr 09, 2001 (6:20 am)
Your analysis is pretty thorough. But don't be surprized if the dealer drones did not notice the coolant level is down, unless they are asked to look at it...
When the engine is cool, there should be coolant in the reservior...when the engine warms up, the thermostat opens and allows coolant to enter and the reservior fluid level drops. Now.. do you notice anything different on your temp gauge?
There is a test to see if radiator fluid is in the oil... the dealer can do it... if there is.. the engine is trashed .. because there is water where the oil is and you will have rust in there soon.. Check your dipstick for rust particles... There is a gasket that may have been compromised and allowed the fluid to pass into the lower engine...
But it is entirely possible that there was not enough fluid in there to begin with. Have the oil test done soon.
Good luck and pls let me know how it turns out.
Apr 10, 2001 (10:34 am)
If you have an '02 model anyway.
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#668 of 6400 Creaking and Groaning
Apr 10, 2001 (5:10 pm)
What if a dealership cannot duplicate the creaking or groaning sounds from the front suspension? even after the ball joints and sway bars and arms have been checked? the sounds have disappeared from my truck however could it be from something besides the suspension?