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#1 of 716 2011 Ford Explorer-Talk to Ford here!
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Dec 13, 2010 (5:56 am)
The 2011 Explorer is set to launch and Ford is in the house! Please post your questions and comments here. A representative of Team Detroit will be providing more information and answering your questions.
Also see Ford Explorer on Facebook.
#2 of 716 When??
Dec 13, 2010 (8:14 am)
Job 1 was Nov 1 IIRC. When should they be hitting the showroom?
#3 of 716 Re: 2011 Ford Explorer-Talk to Ford here! [KarenS]
Dec 13, 2010 (12:01 pm)
Why do you have to get touch screen controls and synch? Honestly, I'm not sure I want Microsoft and their computer glitches in my car.
#5 of 716 2011 Ford Explorer!
Dec 13, 2010 (12:26 pm)
Hey everyone, great to meet you all! My name is Marielle, and I'm with American Pop, working directly with Team Detroit for the launch of the all new 2011 Ford Explorer. I'm here to answer any questions about the new vehicle, so ask away! Let me know if there's anything you guys want to know about the Explorer, and I'll be sure to keep you in the loop with the latest news and new features as they're released, and I'll start working on the great questions already posted!
Check out the latest video revealing the EPA estimated MPG for the new Explorer! This makes the 2011 Explorer the Best in Class for V6 and 25% more fuel efficient than the current model! http://www.youtube.com/user/Explorer#p/u/1/tOHqcHnDfsw
Also, if you haven't checked it out yet, there are some really cool videos and photos over at the official Ford Explorer Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FordExplorer). You should check it out! While you're at it, be sure to visit the 2011 Ford Explorer site where you can build out and price the new Explorer with all the latest features! http://www.ford.com/suvs/explorer/2011/
Thanks! Can't wait to hear what you guys have to say !
Marielle, working with Team Detroit/ Ford, Disclosure: http://cmp.ly/Agency/vopg46
#6 of 716 Re: 2011 Ford Explorer! [marielleleigh]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 13, 2010 (2:20 pm)
Welcome to Edmunds, Marielleleigh.
For everyone, here's our 2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Full Test that went live yesterday.
"Ford's decision to make the Explorer into a car-based SUV was the right one. It's convenient and comfortable in all the ways families will appreciate, and it's a worthy rival to vehicles like the CX-9, Durango, Highlander and Traverse. The Explorer is more distinctively styled than any of those vehicles and offers more safety features to boot. Further, it rides, handles, accelerates and stops as well as almost anything in the class...."
#7 of 716 Re: 2011 Ford Explorer! [steve_]
Dec 14, 2010 (1:44 pm)
No, the new Ford explorer is nothing less or more than the second coming, "REHASH", of the Ford FreeStyle, the first rehash being the Taurus X, both having failed in the marketplace.
Nothing negative to say about the move to unibody construction, but FWD..Explorer..FWD....??
And why not DFI for the new V6...?
And DFI for the upcoming (if ever) Gas-Guzzling TwinForce (EcoBoost) 4 cylinder engine but with detuning, substandard compression ratio for DFI.
Sheer idiocy, again.
Lockup the "center differential" when turning in order to reduce the level of drive torque available to the front wheels to help prevent, alleviate, instances of loss of directional control...??
Sheer idiocy, yet again..
Lockup the "center differential" under straight ahead acceleration when on a perfectly dry and highly tractive surface...?
Just how much idiocy will the Ford Explorer buyer tolerate..??
Even with water cooling of the PTO and rear diff'l/clutch combination how long before failure of the weakest link(***) once all the resulting NEEDLESS driveline windup and tire scrubbing takes its toll...?
*** MDX = lockup clutch....Escape/mariner = PTO
I predict an early TSB, a switch to disable the F/awd fucntionality unless/until the driver has reason to suspect/expect a need for same.
And let's not, by all means, forget the need, nay, REQUIREMENT, for HYPERACTIVE TC to INSTANTLY dethrottle the engine and begin braking the front wheels once even the slightest level of wheelspin/slip develops.
Otherwise this would be just another patently UNSAFE FWD vehicle.
#8 of 716 Funny...
Dec 14, 2010 (4:54 pm)
I haven't/hadn't paid much attention to the Ford FreeStar nor the Taurus X but just a few minutes ago I happened to walk past a FreeStar and I swear that if it had the Explorer label on it I wouldn't have known the difference.
#9 of 716 2011 Explorer in the Snow!
Dec 14, 2010 (5:55 pm)
I know a lot of you are probably wondering how the new Explorer can handle the snow with the flakes starting to fall! Check out the latest video from Team Detroit showing the new Explorer in action having some fun in the snow
#10 of 716 Re: 2011 Explorer in the Snow! [marielleleigh]
Dec 15, 2010 (12:19 am)
Why would we wonder that...?
Everyone knows, or certainly should know, that absent TC a FWD vehicle is just simply patently dangerous to take out on a wintertime adverse condition, slippery, roadbed. Do you even know why so many modern day F/awd vehicles have the ability to turn TC off....?
The new Ford Explorer is FWD or at best F/awd, front torque biased, so we all should know the danger involved in taking one of those out on a slippery roadbed. Sure, TC will kick in the instant wheelspin/slip develops and likely save my life but how do I get up my inclined driveway covered with ice or packed snow...?
The "old" Explorer was relatively safe in comparison since it was RWD or even 4WD. With RWD wheelspin/slip loss of directional control is not a threat unless the driver is an idiot.
Do you know why it is unwise to leave a 4WD vehicle such as the old Explorer in 4WD mode once underway...?