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Old 03-25-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Hi folks,

I'm looking at two used vehicles, been doing some research and find good things on both.

Choices are 2004 Ford Explorer XLT 103K miles.

2003 Chevy Trailblazer - 98K miles.


What would you choose? I'm partial to Chevy's.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Which engine in each? We owned an 03 TB with the 4.2L. Kinda gutless, but got the job done. It once had an issue with one of the coil packs, but we had it fixed under warranty. Other than a few interior pieces that fell off and an ignition key that occasionally stuck (another common TB problem), it was fine. Put over 130K on it before trading it in.

Mike
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Which engine in each? We owned an 03 TB with the 4.2L. Kinda gutless, but got the job done. It once had an issue with one of the coil packs, but we had it fixed under warranty. Other than a few interior pieces that fell off and an ignition key that occasionally stuck (another common TB problem), it was fine. Put over 130K on it before trading it in.

Mike
HI, thanks! The TB is the same engine you mentioned, the Explorer is the 4.0 V6 engine. the reviews for the Explorer on a few different sites seemed pretty good for that year (2004) vs 2000 which there seemed to be a lot of engine-related complaints. I just wanted to get some ideas from those who have actually driven them to find out their thoughts, thanks again!
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:01 PM
 
Location: United States
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Either, but i guess if i HAD to choose the Explorer would win it. Trailblazers are pretty bulky and not the most reliable vehicles. You thought about a Pathfinder, CRV, Pilot or Ford Edge???
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Either, but i guess if i HAD to choose the Explorer would win it. Trailblazers are pretty bulky and not the most reliable vehicles. You thought about a Pathfinder, CRV, Pilot or Ford Edge???
I definitely have. Althought, admittedly I don't know a lot about Hondas and the few people I've know who did have them had a laundry list of issues so I was avoiding them. And to, I wanted something on the larger side. I had an SUV before (Isuzu rodeo) believe it or not, I got lucky with mine and never had any issues. I sold it to buy a two seater convertible, lol now I'm missing having all the extra room a larger SUV provides. I would have loved if the Rodeo had been just a little bigger...

The Pathfinders are nice too but don't know a lot about them. The Edge is on the smaller SUV side...
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:25 PM
 
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Which engine in each? We owned an 03 TB with the 4.2L. Kinda gutless, but got the job done. It once had an issue with one of the coil packs, but we had it fixed under warranty. Other than a few interior pieces that fell off and an ignition key that occasionally stuck (another common TB problem), it was fine. Put over 130K on it before trading it in.

Mike
The Trailblzers I6 has about 40 more horse and equal torque to the Explorer V8. The Trailblazer V8 has about 75 more horse and 50 more foot pounds than the Explorer V8. The Explorer V6 is absolutely anemic from a power persepctive.

However, I would personally say that from a quality standpoint the Explorer is the better all around vehicle. Overall it's not until you get into the Envoys and Rainiers that the GM offerings match the fit and finish and materials on the Explorer.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I agree with the last post and would also recommend the Explorer. I had a 1996, and it was running great when I traded it in on a new Ranger in 2007 at 130,000 miles. The only thing that ever "broke" on it was the latch that allows the rear seat to fold down.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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I agree with the last post and would also recommend the Explorer. I had a 1996, and it was running great when I traded it in on a new Ranger in 2007 at 130,000 miles. The only thing that ever "broke" on it was the latch that allows the rear seat to fold down.
Thanks! And thanks to all who responded, the info has really helped a lot.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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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.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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We had a TB for several years. It was good and reliable, but it was very fuel thirsty, and it had an awful ride.

I would pick the Explorer.
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