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#660 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [steve_]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:05 am)
Irrespective of what Willard said, the Explorers are flying off the lots faster than Ford can make them, so I don't think they're much of a hard sell.
And, thusly, I recently bought one for the Misses, have almost 5,000 miles on it, and two road trips. It is the Limited with everything you can get. I love the Touch that some people are "touchy" about, although, true to the maker who provides it (Microsoft), it does crash once in a while, but will reboot if you restart the car and give it a minute. It's easy to use, attractive, and very functional. As for the drive, it's amazing. Compared to the other 7 Explorers we have owned, it's a dream to drive on a trip. Even after an 800 mile day, I feel fine. It's larger than the former model, quite a bit wider. Plenty of power out of the six, don't know about towing yet. May suck then, we'll see. Transmission is buttery smooth. It's actually quieter than my Lexus! I don't know how they did that. 0 wind noise. Very little road noise. Excellent quality inside, leather is rich and substantial, seats very supportive. Third row is extremely versatile. I had my doubts about a FWD platform, but am pleasantly surprised. We'll see how it holds up. My experience has varied with the other 7 I have had. Some have gone for 140,000 miles without a major issue, others not so much. I still believe Ford has the best SUV design first every time, others then copy it. But the Asian makes usually last longer, go further with fewer issues. Still, I buy the Fords because of their engineering and design. And what don't I like about it? The doors open to about 80 degrees, really wide, and they hit my other car in the garage! Grrrrrr. Nice when you're loading the grandbaby in the car seat, murder on the paint of the neighbor.....
#661 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [nvbanker]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 29, 2011 (11:21 am)
Too bad they don't make sliding doors an option on SUVs. So much more practical. Too much stigma I suppose.
#662 of 716 Re: Inventory Level Control? [a4b5]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:29 am)
basically you search by your zip code and it'll bring up the closest dealers, much like on the ford.com site, but in the dropdown box, EVERY Ford dealer in Texas is listed, in order, by distance from where you are. You'll also discover there's a LOT more Ford dealers in places you never knew existed!
I'm just excited the EcoBoost is available. And even on a base model with no other options. $30100 MSRP. But after my wife rented a 2010 Explorer Eddie Bauer for the last month, she's dead set on heated seats and other goodies so we're probably looking at a 205A package XLT or a Limited of some sort. Good news is better color choices and availability with those.
#663 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [steve_]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:31 am)
Then it's not an SUV, Steve!! It's a Minivan, which agreed, is probably the ultimately practical people hauler. But not much good for 4WD.
#664 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [nvbanker]
Nov 29, 2011 (11:54 am)
I also bought a Ford Explorer limited earlier this year. It seems like people either love or hate the vehicle. For us, we absolutely love this vehicle! Very roomy and very comfortable. The only real issue that we have had thus far is that the ABS module shorted out for some unknown reason. It didn't seem <>to affect anything except make some indicators on the console light up. But it was fixed and repaired and nothing else has happened since then. The sync occasionally has trouble understanding my speech, but it's not a regular thing so we're not concerned about it. We are awaiting the update that will be sent after the 1st of the new year with the improvements. Overall, very happy with the vehicle.
#665 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [nvbanker]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 29, 2011 (12:53 pm)
Yeah, but think how practical a high clearance SUV would be if you could get sliders on it. And instead of one AWD choice you'd have lots of AWD and 4WD choices.
#666 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [steve_]
Nov 29, 2011 (1:00 pm)
Practical but ugly.
#667 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [steve_]
Nov 29, 2011 (1:01 pm)
But think of how ridiculous it would look!! Plus, think of the body creak it would have going off road without that B pillar support in the middle. OMG!
#668 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [nvbanker]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 29, 2011 (1:09 pm)
Bah, you guys have no imagination.
Oh well, there's always Quigley for when I win the lottery.
#669 of 716 Re: Back to the 2011 Explorer [nvbanker]
Nov 29, 2011 (4:46 pm)
"..But not much good for 4WD.."
The Toyota Sienna Minivan has the same F/awd system, mechanically, as does the new Ford Exploder. Can't say about the Sienna's firmware control of the F/awd system, it might be better...or worse.