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#747 of 6400 It's fascinating
May 22, 2001 (9:14 am)
to watch the Ford Explorer debacle contine to unfold . . . knowing how much they have riding on the 2002 model, it's amazing that they "forgot" and sliced up non-Firestone tires on some models by using a too-small conveyor . . . sad and inept.
I think its a pretty bold move for Firestone to pull away from Ford--Ford is always looking to pin its Explorer safety problems on others . . . they must feel that the American public has a sheep mentality-- we'll just believe what they tell us and go along with the herd--
Our 1993 XLT is now pushing 180K. It has been mostly kind to us. When it goes, so will we-- goodbye Ford!
#748 of 6400 ace10 - Be sure to request reimbursement
May 22, 2001 (10:21 am)
for those Michelins. During the last recall, Ford & Firestone reimbursed owners who had already replaced the defective tires.
Personally, I think we have to give Ford credit for doing the right thing on this recall. Firestone has strenuously resisted all recalls because they don't care about safety, just profits. Ford has already spent $500 million to recall Firestone's crappy tires.
As for me, I am going to exchange my Wilderness tires for some new Michelins, which I understand provide better gas mileage and a smoother highway ride.
May 22, 2001 (5:05 pm)
With the price of gas going up I would like to use the cheapest 85 octane here in Denver. The manual for my 2001 Sport for the 4.0L SOHC V6 says to use the regular grade of gas with a rating of 87 or higher. That is for sea level and, from what I have read elsewhere, is the equivalent of 85 octane at high altitude. However, the manual goes on to say "We do not recommend the use of gasolines labeled as 'Regular' that are sold with octane retings of 86 or lower in high altitude areas." Does anyone know why they would say this and if it is still OK to use 85 octane here in Denver? Thanks a lot for any info.
#750 of 6400 Tire recall info
May 22, 2001 (5:07 pm)
Check out the www.ford.com website.
Ford has a list of acceptable reimbursable tires and dealers(unfortunately they are only reimbursing $110 per 15" and 16" tire)... and the Michelins will run you about $125-$145 each. Also they will not reimburse for Michelin Crossterrains in the 255/70 R16 size, just the Michelin LTX MS. I bought crossterrains last year and they are great, but expensive $145 each.
#751 of 6400 Response to Millerick and Stewert
May 22, 2001 (5:14 pm)
According to a report from blueovalnews.com , Ford has extended the warranty on the front cam chain guide assembly from 6 yr/72000 to 7 yr/100000 on the 4.0L SOHC engines in 1997 and 1998 Explorers and Mountaineers.The report was dated 4/18/01.I believe it is still on their main page as of today.
#752 of 6400 Mazman, Cross Terrains?
May 22, 2001 (7:55 pm)
Mazman or any other knowledgable person,
I need to make a quick decision on either the Cross Terrains or LTX M/S. Could you give me you impressions on the Cross Terrains (noise, ride, wet traction, snow traction, cornering, perceived treadlife) and the differences between the 2 models? I've had the Wilderness ATs so obviously anything will be an improvement but it strikes me that the Cross Terrains are extremely expensive, so i want to make sure that its worth it. If you live in such a climate, I'd be interested in your thoughts on the traction in snow. Some winters I regularly drive in 6-18 inches of unplowed snow although I never take the explorer off road. I especially appreciate your input as I can't seem to find any reviews on the Cross Terrains on the internet.
May 23, 2001 (6:29 am)
I bought Michelin Crossterrains (cost me $149 each), and I dont know what LTX's drive like. The CTX is much quieter than the Deathstones and I get about 1-2 mpg better. The Michelins are of a softer rubber, so the tread will probably wear out in about 40K miles. The cornering is good and the most noticeable thing is the softer and quieter ride. All in all.. no complaints with the Crossterrains.
I think that you might want to consider the LTX AT, which has a but more aggressive tread than both the LTX MS (cost $125 each) and the Cross terrain. Both the CTX and LTX MS are for people who mostly drive on paved roads and do only some driving in light snow (1"-5").. For deeper snow or off road, you might want to look at a more aggressive tread. I think Michelin LTX AT might be there for you. Check out michelin's website www.michelin.com.
GoodYear also makes a very good Wrangler AT tire.
May 24, 2001 (1:07 pm)
I got a set of Cross Terrain tires on my truck in January. Although I got them 2 weeks after our biggest snowfall of the year here in NJ, I did drive them in some snowfalls of about 6 inches and icy conditions. No problems whatsoever.
I looked really hard as to what type of tire to get. I do virtually no offroading, but we do get some heavy weather here from time to time. The LTX ATs were described to me by some dealers as offering no difference in ride quality or mileage as compared to the Wilderness ATs, just some better handling. The LTX M/S are a good tire for the occasional off roader or for someone who lives where there are frequent, heavy snow use. Their qualities are lie somewhere between the Cross Terrain and the AT, but offering far superior traction to an all season radial.
My Cross Terrains have served me well. Road noise is nearly gone, the highway ride is improved, better wet traction than the Wilderness AT (in my opinion I thought I always hydroplaned on those tires), and slight improvement in mileage.