advice on purchasing a 2000 Ford Explorer XLT

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 16:34
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Hi all,

My husband and I are interested in purchasing a 2000 Ford Explorer XLT and I'd like to know if anyone has advice on this vehicle? Any comments appreciated.

Thanks.
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Reply By: madfisher - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 16:56

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 16:56
My advice would be not to. Do a search on this site, they are not called exploders for nothing. I know they are cheap 2nd hand, but their are much more reliable and capable 4wds. v6 Jackaroos are not a lot dearer are are much more reliable. The only good point about explorers is they make good towing rigs till they start giving trouble.
Good luck Pete
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Reply By: Member - WORM (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 17:41

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 17:41
The Explorer engine has a definate fault with the timing chain tensioner and guides. The guides break off and falls into the sump which allows the timing chain to jump teeth. The tensioner also falls into the sump which then drops the engine oil pressure to zero. The standard cost I have seen for this repair can range up to 3 grand. I have heard that there is an aftermarket timing chain and guide kit available which does not use plastic chain guides seems to fix the problem. Hope this helps.

Worm
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Reply By: Oldsquizzy (Kununurra) - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 19:59

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 19:59
Simplest thing is to go and price a new exhaust system for one. Then decide if you can afford to own one as all parts are on a par price wise.
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Reply By: Cruiserman1961 (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:06

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:06
Hi,
i don't think that the above comments are quite current anymore. One of my friends has a 2001 XLT and i found it is actually a lot better than some people make it out to be. Driving it I found it roomy, comfortable, nimble and quite economical for a car of this size and weight. I personally wouldn't consider one though because the wheel travel is very limited and so is the clearance. A combination which really limits the cars off road ability. If you are looking for a strong and comfortable tow vehicle with only moderate off road use then you really should consider one. Just be aware whilst it might be a lot of car for your money for a 2000 model you will have to consider that it might be a bugger to sell later on.
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Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:23

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:23
They don't call them "exploders" for nothing. Do a Google search or search the archives here.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 09:27

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 09:27
Was the Firestone tires that caused the name ,, nothing to do with the actual vehicle capabillity,
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 10:47

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 10:47
Not according to the archives.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 18:54

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 18:54
Footloose if you knew anything about Ford Explorers you would know that the term "exploders" started off in the US of A when the 1st models in 96 were factory fitted with a dodgy set of 15 inch Firestone tyres which had a habit of delaminating causing blowouts and subsequent rollovers which in turn thru no fault of the actual vehicle resulted is several deaths and major law suits which which Firestone were forced to payout ,, here in Australia there was even a nation wide recall of ALL Ford Explorers that had even the remote posibbillity of having a set of the suspect tires fitted ,, ,,, sometimes old son the "archives" do not give the full / true answer.... How do I know ? I had one from new in 96 thru to 03 ,, never missed a beat ..
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:09

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:09
Yes Axel I'm quite familiar with the history. And if you knew anything about them you'd know why they have such a bad rap in other areas as a serious 4wd machine.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 08:35

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 08:35
Footloose ,so what do u call a "serious 4 wheel drive machine" ??? A series 1-2 3lt nissan patrol perhaps ?? or is it just that u have NEVER even driven a ford explorer which will in bog stock form will travel just as far offroad as a bog STOCK nissan / tojo/ jeep ect ect.
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Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 21:07

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 21:07
I'll join the chorus - DON'T.

Did you know the engine has to be removed to replace the timing chain? It's at least a 17 hour labour cost. I'll bet the one you are looking at needs this job doing very soon.

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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 22:15

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008 at 22:15
I've had a 2000 XLT since new with no problems. Apparently the timing chain problems were with the earlier models. I've taken mine round the block a couple of times, towing a Jayco Dove camper. It's done the Gibb River Rd., Kalumburu Rd.,andSteep Point to name a few trips. I know they cop a lot of flak, but I'm happy. We'll just see what the future brings. Check out this site. They're all Explorer enthusiasts. Cheers.
Roger B.

http://www.aussiexplorers.com/?gclid=CJf44fShuYgCFShtTAoddEsc2w
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Reply By: madfisher - Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:57

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 21:57
Dont you just love it when you take the time to reply, and not one person even gets a thank you.
Pete
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Reply By: HTSB - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:28

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:28
Yep, great, thanks for that Pete!

Unfortunately with running a large business and raising a 4 year old, I just don't have the luxury of being able to sit on a computer and reply to threads regularly. For me, it sometimes takes a day or two before I can spare time to do that. No need to be rude - I do appreciate people responding to my thread, I just can't respond every day!
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Follow Up By: madfisher - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 20:56

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 20:56
Fair enough,
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:29

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 19:29
Son in Law had a low Km Explorer and had trouble with the Transmission Cooler that goes thru the Radiator. A Tube inside the Radiator fractured and he had an Oil/Water mix in Transmission and Radiator.

If buying an Explorer I would use a separate Transmission Cooler and bypass the standard radiator unit.

Its not only the expense of fixing the vehicle up its the uncertainty of when the vehicle will fail, that's why he is thinking of selling his Explorer.

Peter






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Reply By: Member - BIGDOG G (WA) - Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 21:23

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 21:23
Yeah had one of them on the farm....just going down the driveway something else would fall off.
My experience, total waste

Cheers.............BIGDOG
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