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Old 03-25-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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Honestly I would avoid both of those models and look at something like a 4 runner or Xterra. Both have a better reputation for quality and a lot shorter list of problems.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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If you go with the Explorer, have the front suspension checked out. They're bad about wearing out ball joints and tie rod ends.
True. My Ranger, which is about the same thing needs ball joints as well. Also, I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but I see a lot of older Explorers that seem to sag in the rear end.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Honestly I would avoid both of those models and look at something like a 4 runner or Xterra. Both have a better reputation for quality and a lot shorter list of problems.
I don't know about that. Before the Explorer we had a 1995 4 Runner and it was awful. We had to replace the front break pads every 10-15k miles, and the rotors every other time. Many of the plastic parts broke, the transmission needed a rebuild after 90k miles, and a head gasket went at 98k miles. Thankfully that was covered by a 'secret warranty'. Maybe just a bad year or lemon. That trans cost $3,200.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Eastern Missouri
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Honestly I would avoid both of those models and look at something like a 4 runner or Xterra. Both have a better reputation for quality and a lot shorter list of problems.

You can quit the toyota great this and toyota great that nonsense now. The facts are the Explorers had the best quality and fewest issues of any suv made that had over 60,000 a year made. The fact is that under the s.a.e., Harbour, and consumer reliabilty index rating system, the FORD Explorers had 117 issues per 1000 produced compared to the toyotas 198 issues per 1000 produced. The trailblazer had 139 issues per 1000 produced. This is dealer warranty records listings. Only the high end BMW suv that only 6700 were produced and the high end lexus that only 7860 were made had a fewer issues than the Explorers.
The only thing I think is in comparision to the Trailblazer, the Explorer did not have as much power. But in reliablity, the Explorer beat out every other brand in suv's. ALL of them. Every single one. Just so you know, I did the research on this in 2003-2005. It was my job to go thru the dealer warranty repair issues results. The Explorer to me during these years is the only suv for a reliable vehicle that I'd consider. And that's based on what I found doing my job.
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:43 PM
 
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I would choose the Explorer and I'm a Chevy guy, but Ford really did a great job with the 2002-2006 Explorers, roomy, nice ride, extremely reliable, plenty of power out of the 6cyl. no problem keeping up with Chevy's trailblazer, mine tows just about anything my chevy 1500 did, n fuel mileage is better on the Explorer as well hats off to Ford on this one ford makes a great SUV n truck. cars don't seem to bad either lately, like i said I'm a Chevy guy but I'm truly impressed by my 02 Explorer 4.0 V6! 226K on it n still running quiet n strong minor common wear parts relaced nothing major ever broke or wore out. Good luck!
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:51 PM
 
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I'm a GM guy but if you get the explorer get one with the 5.0 engine in it they are bulletproof. I can't believe i'm saying anything good about Ford.
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Old 08-10-2016, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Guam
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It really depends on what your intended purpose is. I had the 5.0 explorer and they are good. I still have a 4.6, 4x4 explorer now, and it does everything well.
But I always wanted a TrailblazerSS, just wasn't willing to pay for it.
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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The old 5.0 was decent. I really like the 4.6 engine. In an F150 I like the 4.6 better than the 5.4.

I'd go with a 2011 or later on Explorer.
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