But, along the way, I have infused it with many V8 Explorer parts, and the funny thing is they fit like they were made for it. It was a very capable little truck and very versatile. I have no doubt that the truck is still on the road somewhere in Northern California. The car only had about 40,000 miles on it, but I suggested my mother in law trade it before the next one blew. But, this was just about the time I remember the minivan going from popular family-hauler to fatally uncool.
The interior was non-competitive at that pricepoint. While looking at the washer fluid reservoir look on the lower left side of the reservoir. The front was pretty much the same at it had been since 1996, and the interior was a little bit different, mainly in the seat design. Where we really came out was when the Expedition was introduced. Your info makes it even more puzzling. Trying to find a job right now is not all that easy either. Over three years of ownership it averaged about one repair every two months.
This place has been economically depressed for years and in high school we looked to places like Nevada, California, Arizona, and others with jealousy because they all had prosperity. Looking back, that seems like a huge amount of money for 15 years ago… Update: the first two pictures in this post are of it the day we very proudly brought it home, I finally found my missing box of pictures For 1998, Ford had redesigned the body slightly, most obviously at the rear, which had a very different lift-gate design than before. Every dip in the road sends it bouncing. Grey cloth interior which stood up well, and with a cargo liner in the back and a pet barrier it was good for transporting our 120 pound Rottweiller around. Big V8 with some off road. Yeah, we took most of the depreciation hit, but we had a good experience with it and realized that America still knew how to build a darn good vehicle when it was inclined to do so. Worst vehicle I ever owned.
. We bought it in 2004 and it was a solid and reliable vehicle until she traded it somewhere around 2014. The metal base was still screwed in the engine, but the ceramic part had blown out. Then one day, someone bought a small love seat, and when we went to take it to their car, it was mercifully the then new Explorer, and with the rear seat folded out of the way, that love seat slid right in and the tailgate was able to fully close. What everyone remembers about this generation of Explorer is, of course, the Firestone tire fiasco; ours was not immune. Critical steel lines under the chassis should not rust out just by sitting off the side of the driveway. Wandering all over, bouncing from one lane into another.
They were quoting dates well over a month from then to get replacement tires, but admitted they really were not sure how long it would take. Same name on the sidewall and same tread pattern but different tread compounds and tread depth. The Explorer is my roadtripping buddy. I grew up and went to the same Central New York school district my whole life until graduating in 2008. The V8 was the 5. Because more often than not it was people who were looking to stage a claim…they knew of the model names but not of identical, differently-branded products.
The only ford remotely like it was this one. That is the washer pump. So I raced down to the local dealer the minute the first one arrived! A few bad tires got out from the Illinois plant they were made in 2. The Ford had a nice interior and rode well down the highway. It is possibly I was not describing it accurately though, causing confusion.
But the interior was a huge disappointment. As I type this, it sits outside, waiting for the call to the scrapper to come and get it. In any case, the procedure should be described in detail, and it's different for different auto manufacturers. If you bought the motor 2nd hand, maybe try exchanging it or check it has been refitted properly. I recall finally changing the spark plugs when it would no longer start and found them worn to nothing. I believe it was initially only offered on the V8 Limited, which was initially they only was you could get the Mountaineer. Moms never seemed to have the Explorer.
When I got it it needed ball joints. We have shares in Lucent and everything is rockin. Ford had built a very popular, very well-made product. Interesting times for the car biz. Do them one at… Turn your headlights on and try start the engine, if they don't dim then the problem is still in the starter motor.
I still have it, and it still looks brand new, albeit with a few rock chips in the hood. The insulation around the accumulator held in condensation so it rusted out — apparently an almost universal failure. I bought it as I needed a tow vehicle for the back yard cabin cruiser boat that I was and still am building. No major issues with the vehicle — brakes and rotors, a set of ball joints around 150,000 kms and that was it — with the exception of transmission fault at 200K+ Kms which caused it to have no reverse. Since I got only about 12 to 14 mpg with the all wheel drive system, the truck sat more then it ran, which contributed to the rotted brake and power steering lines. They were allocated on prior model year Bronco deliveries. After this, remove the old plugs by turning counterclockwise.
Having that Explorer for the last 7 years, showed me how wrong that mentality was. The auto 4×4 was fine if you knew what it was and understood the limitations. This generation was selling at 400K+ models per year in the late 90s. A great article on what was essentially a decently designed truck from an American car manufacturer of the day. They wore again in 40k miles, which is why I sold it. All that being said, all the domestic manufacturers had programs in place that may or may not have made business sense at the time.