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Mercury Mountaineer, Ford Explorer, SUV
#16 of 862 Hybrid coming '07?
Apr 23, 2005 (6:28 pm)
If the press and feedback on the Escape Hybrid continues unblemished, it would seem obviously that a Hybrid Explorer would be rushed out. We owned a 2001 Escape and it had so many issues, the dealer's service manager asked us to sell it... The only way back behind the wheel of another Ford for us is serious incentive. A mid-size Hybrid SUV Explorer that comes with increased resale value plus improved mileage and performance.....hummm.
#17 of 862 Re: IRS will be all new, floor shift vs storage [ajmtbm]
Apr 24, 2005 (7:10 pm)
"definitely more usable space with the column shifter.
this is a daring move for ford, in my opinion. all explorer's have had column shifters. i'm afraid some prior owners may be turned off."
I have to say - My 99 Navigator, and my 94, 97, 98, 02 and current 04 Explorers and Mountaineers all have had the column shifters, giving us generous storage in the tray and Francesfordcupholder area, which is useful and appreciated. My 03 Navigator has the floor shifter, which while pretty, takes a lot of utility out of the console. I miss the room a lot. But the competition puts the shifters there. Ford probably is bowing to the competition there. Floor shifters have never been high on my list either, I kinda like the column shifters, but neither will stop me from buying the
Ford with all the other features they have.
#18 of 862 Unload the '05's?
Apr 25, 2005 (2:59 pm)
I wonder if Ford & Merc are agressively trying to unload what '05's are left; I mentioned on another post letters/calls I'm getting from the L/M dealer that services my low-mileage Expy that they "have buyers". I know this is probably a tactic but if they are really being agressive about depleting inventory, maybe an '05 could be a sweet deal? I can't imagine too many people lining up to buy 5 year old Expy's that get 14 mpg! Has anyone actually seen/driven an '06 Mountaineer/Explorer? If so, are the improvements worth paying more for?
(BTW, I too like the extra space with column shift; my '97 Explorer had it too. If I feel the need for "sport", I jump in my Mazda!)
#19 of 862 are the improvements worth paying more for
Apr 26, 2005 (7:16 am)
For me they are. The most important item is the 6-speed transmission. Much-improved shift quality, better performance, better fuel economy.
Improved NVH, ride, & handling are also high on my list.
#20 of 862 Re: are the improvements worth paying more for [lateralg]
Apr 28, 2005 (2:49 pm)
the 5 speed in the exp is very smooth. my only worry on the 6 speed is brand new... i would wait a year before buying. of course, i have an 02 and am suffering through those bugs.
#22 of 862 Re: 2006 Changes [samnoe]
Apr 30, 2005 (1:25 pm)
THATS A VERY DETAILED LINK!
is the explorer really 4 inches longer? sounds like they made major revisions to the vehicle if this is the case.
no more adjustable pedals?
finnaly no more manual recline. its 10 way now, i assume power lumbar as well?
hopefully they added outside mirror memory - annoyingly absent from our 02.
the xlt sport is basiclly now a base eddie bauer - odd move.
still no dual zone climate on manual models - checy has them beat on this one.
how can they ignore this?
Apr 30, 2005 (2:42 pm)
One big change that I like is that the compass and outside temperature gauge is now standard on all models. One thing that I don't like, from spy pics that I have seen, is that they have changes the rear hatch design. From the pictures, it looks like the handle is right on the window like pre-2002 models.
#24 of 862 Re: Changes [jcat707]
Apr 30, 2005 (7:42 pm)
that is confirmed. now, only the glass lifts up. this is detailed in the mercury mountaineer press release.
There are a million things i dont like about my explorer. But the low liftglass opening, which i open every day, is a phenomenal feature and one that very few others have
#25 of 862 2006 Changes by samnoe
May 01, 2005 (6:01 am)
What's required to view the ordering guide? All I get is the little box with the circle, square & triangle in upper left corner.