ford explorer

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 21:27
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has any one got a comment on ford explorer 4L 2000 model or the v8 auto for towing a twin axel 1.5t poptop..Are the explorers any good because it's in my price range.
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Reply By: mikehzz - Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 00:31

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 00:31
They definately have a bad reputation.....nicknamed the Exploder due to tyre failures and roll overs in the US. Lots of safety recalls. Very thirsty. They don't cost much though and they are ok looking. It seems you get to spend most of your money after you buy them :-) Actual owners may tell a different story..... I am only speaking from what I have heard.
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Reply By: Geoff H (Q - Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:37

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 10:37
I bought a cheap vehicle once and lived to regret the decision, I suggest you Look for a quality vehicle with low K's even if it's a bit older.

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:21

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:21
The term "exploder" was put forth due to the original 96 model being factory fitted with a batch of faulty Firestone tyres in the USA/Canada ,, the major problem in Australia is /was that the 4.0lt motor coupled to the automatic gearbox used 4 cam chains , 2 at the front easy enough to replace when needed but the 2 at the rear required a splitting of motor from g/box ,, an expensive proposition round the 250,000klm mark ,,,, the Explorer was at one stage the biggest selling 4x4 outselling Toyota/Nissan in ALL markets bar Australia ,, Exploding TYRES NOT Engines aka early 80series tojo or 3lt Nissans.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 15:04

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012 at 15:04
Yeah I'd agree with that. The tyres weren't the issue here.

But just about everything else was. They were particularly vulnerable to being burnt where driving through spinifex.

I've heard people compare them with the old P76. If you got a good one they were alright, but most people didn't!

Good luck with your searching.

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Reply By: Madfisher - Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 19:47

Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 19:47
Ricky Jackaroos are similar in price to explorers and have a very good reputation for reliabilty. But the petrol v6s are the pick.
Cheers Pete
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