TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. Taking much of the credit for this praise is the rear independent suspension, which provides a smooth ride and nicely planted wheels on rough pavement. Ford has done a great deal of research on this technology and we strongly recommend ordering the safety canopy. While the current Explorer is a vast improvement over its predecessor, it competed in a market with many more choices. Handsome gray wood accents lend a luxurious appearance. Neither company publicly pointed fingers at consumers indifferent to the dangers of overloading vehicles, expecting a truck to handle like a car, failing to monitor tire pressures or dismissing the importance of seatbelts as possible contributors to blowouts and deaths.
It looks solid and handsome. This was done along with a tire rotation, balance and alignment. Power from either the V6 or V8 engine is acceptable. Limited models get upgrades such as chromed exterior trim, chrome wheels, a leather-upholstered center console cover and new woodgrain interior trim. Now in its third generation, the Explorer is all-new with a 4. Uplevel models come standard with an illuminated keypad on the door for keyless entry.
The trip computer came in handy, calculating the distance to an empty fuel tank. There are also a number of safety-related options available. I dropped something next to the curb while getting out of the Explorer one dark night; hitting the button on the key fob illuminated the approach lights and I immediately spotted it. Convenience features abound that make it pleasant while driving and when stopping. Nowadays, I get about 17-18 mph for combined driving.
The five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and aluminum alloy wheels replace steel wheels. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. They are wider and offer more fore-and-aft travel than before. It's feasible to carry two adults in the third-row seats, but choosing the third-row option also reduces available cargo space. The new Explorer platform is used by the four-door model only.
I do not trust them, so I take my vehicle in for service elsewhere now that it is not under warranty. Units Affected 61944 It's our guess you could've heard a pin drop the day the Ford Explorer development team sat around some conference table deep within the darkest hallways of Dearborn. We'd travel from below sea level to above 8000 feet in elevation, explore some…. The Explorer can also be outfitted with a Safety Canopy system of airbags that includes a rollover sensor. On high mileage vehicles, what can you expect. Repair quote was too costly to take out the system to determine. For 2003, Ford added more standard equipment and important new options.
The Explorer is also comfortable, with space for up to seven passengers. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. A tire-pressure monitoring system is optional on the Limited. The Explorer delivers a smoother ride on rough roads, and it handles better on winding roads. The Explorer now rides on a four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs all around. The Explorer is very stable at high speeds and feels comfortably secure in bad weather. Notably, the two-door model, the Explorer Sport, and a four-door pickup version, the Explorer Sport Trac, are based on the aged first-generation platform.
Struts are high tensile steel which should last the life of the vehicle in my opinion. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557439467016 ; listingsSearchManager. Yet this newly designed Explorer clearly evokes the previous-generation Explorer. Taking much of the credit for this praise is the rear independent suspension, which provides a smooth ride and nicely planted wheels on rough pavement. Turning heads is not always our objective, however, and the more time we have spent with the Explorer the more its looks have grown on us. Had the transmission rebuilt at 115,000 miles.
Smoothly integrated front and rear fascia are used in place of the traditional bumper treatments. See your dealer for details. When I ask what is wrong with the original struts, the answer is nothing, we recommend you replace them based upon mileage. All the controls are neatly arranged, and the gauges are clear and readable, but it's function over form. After flipping the second-row seat neatly out of the way, you can climb back there, fold the second-row seat back into position and slide your feet underneath, which provides somewhat tolerable legroom.
The Explorer rides smoothly, handles well, and the interior packaging is well thought out and executed. A substantial improvement over the original, the new truck had a wider track, longer wheelbase, independent rear suspension and seating for up to seven adults. It should have been a runaway success, but the Ford-Firestone media fight kept buyers away from showrooms and forced Ford to offer cash rebates and low-interest financing to keep sales afloat. We were surprised by the amount of grip the Explorer held on a muddy, snow-covered two-track in the Arizona high country near Sedona. The gas gauge has never worked correctly, but it is intermittent. It was expected as this is the first time it has had to be charged since it was purchased.
Interior Design and Special Features Depending on the model you choose, the interior trim of the Explorer can range from bland to close-to-plush. While the current Explorer is a vast improvement over its predecessor, it competed in a market with many more choices. Pushing the wheels out toward the corners makes the Explorer more stable and more comfortable. Crude by comparison, the previous Explorer used torsion bars in front and a live rear axle on leaf springs. Big coat hooks accommodate thick hangers and big loads of dry cleaning, something few manufacturers get right.