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#289 of 3348 Question and an update
Jul 19, 2001 (5:49 am)
As an owner of a 95 XLT and a candidate for a 2002 XLT, I have been monitoring several of the Explorer discussions recently. I have an update and a question for all of you.
Update: In one of the discussions recently someone was inquiring about the availability of Ford's stability control system in the 2002 Explorer. I talk to Ford's customer care last night and FWIW they said the availability date is November 5, 2001. I don't know if that will be bumped or not, and I don't know if that is a manufacturing date or what, but it at least gives a time frame for availability.
Question/gripe: How can Ford release a brand new vehicle that is targeted to suburban families and not include the LATCH/ISOFIX child seat restraint system? I was amazed to see that it did not have it. I naively assumed it would. Does anyone know why it would not be included and when it might be added? Ford customer care did not know. I have heard, second hand admittedly, that this system is significantly easier to use than the seat belt restraint method. Can anyone comment on whether it is that much better? If it is still difficult to use, that would lessen my complaining somewhat.
As always, thanks.
#291 of 3348 One more strange thing...
Jul 19, 2001 (12:58 pm)
First, thanks for the "ping" responses about my CC.
One thing I forgot to mention, when riding at freeway speeds, when I open the rear windows, the car fills with a thumping noise as the air rushes in, it scared me to death the first time I did it. I thought I'd blown a tire. (But if I'd done that, I guess I woulda' been rolling over, right?)
#292 of 3348 tvbrain
Jul 19, 2001 (1:54 pm)
Any engineer type can explain that the 'turbulence' heard/felt when a rear window is rolled down without a fast way for the air to travel outwards (other window cracked) is normal in a large, high SUV with all that rear area room.
#293 of 3348 edmonds review
Jul 19, 2001 (5:33 pm)
in edmunds review of the moutaineer they said the rear floor had a vibration at 70+ just want too know if anyone that has same problem
#294 of 3348 rear suspension harshness
Jul 20, 2001 (12:42 pm)
I just recently purchased a 2002 XLT and have driven ~ 400 miles ...
So far, I'm generally impressed with the improvements made versus my 2000 Limited recently turned in ... less skittishness in the rear-end, better turning radius, quieter on smooth roads, etc.
My only complaint / issue (and to me it's a big deal) is with rear suspension harshness on anything other than smooth roads (in Michigan that's the majority of roads)! It appears to be much rougher than the 2000, sending a jarring thuds into the passenger compartment on any irregular driving surface. The best way to describe it a low frequency thud. I thought the new suspension would be much better than it appears to be ... disappointing.
Has anyone else experienced the same response from less than ideal roads? I've checked the tire pressure at it's per the compliance label (35 psi cold on Michelins) ... which seems high, but that's the spec.
Jul 20, 2001 (4:26 pm)
I have a Mountaineer 2002. I think it rides wonderfully. I had a late model (97) Explorer XLT and I think perhaps your ride is sirectly related to the weight of the car and the air in the tires. Had that checked?
#296 of 3348 Drivetrain Vibes at 60-65 continued
Jul 21, 2001 (12:26 pm)
I wrote in two weeks ago or so about the vibes. No update yet other than the dealer has had it for a week waiting for, and in the progress of installing the new rear diff. and driveshaft. Should hear something this upcoming week.
#297 of 3348 leather seats
Jul 21, 2001 (12:48 pm)
I have around 3,000 on my 2002 mountaineer with the upgraded leather seats. i also noticed that I have major creases in the leather. it looks like the seats are 10 years old. Has anyone mentioned this to the dealer. i am sure they will do nothing and a call to Ford is the only way someone will look into this.
Jul 21, 2001 (8:40 pm)