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The ford explorer is the most sold SUV in the United States and there is a reason for that. You basically get a lot of vehicle for your money. But is the model good for England too? The ford explorer comes in a range of version, sports (2 doors) and the standard version with 4 doors. There are 2 engine sizes, the 4l V6 engine and the 5l V8 engine. The vehicle comes with either 4WD or 2WD. This review is referring to ford explorer is a 1999, 2WD with a 4l V6 engine. The car is extremely comfortable to drive and handles well. The strenght of the car is great. Never any problems mechanical. It is powerful and can handle heavy duty jobs such as pulling cars, trailers, campers etc. It is a true multi-purpose family vehicle at an affordable price. Petrol prices are unfortunately soaring these days and that makes it probably more and more attractive to choose vehicles with smaller and more economic engines. The ford explorer V6 goes around 300 miles on a tank (20 gal.)... that is only 15 miles per gallon. SUV's, trucks and other heavy vehicles rarely have the best suspension that you could hope for. The explorer is the same... and you can feel small bumps and holes in the road very easily. This is something you get used to very quickly and it is not until you get back in a small vehicle that you really notice. Some explorer's comes with a/c on the rear seat, that is a feature worth going for. It is a large cabin and it can get rather hot in the back. Especially for people with children. As any vehicle, the ford explorer has its pros and cons. But certainly more pros than cons. You get a great vehicle for a great price and you get 100's of thousands of miles out of it... wouldn't be surprised to some of them doing 1-2 million miles. But watch out for the the petrol consumption!
I am not to fond of my 1991 Ford Explorer. Both of the interior door handles in the front seat have broken off. I have had to make makeshift handles to even be able to open my doors. Also all the buttons to my cruise control feature have fallen out of the steering wheel counsel. I cannot even use this feature anymore. Shoddy materials are all I can blame on the construction of this car! I would not ever recommend it to anyone else due to the poor interior construction of this vehicle. Also the front passenger seat broke when we slid it back the spring broke off. We cannot move the seat forward anymore.
Maybe the thing that sticks out most about the Ford Explorer is the speed which is a fair bit higher than most 4 x 4's. The vehicle is American designed and has been available there for 6 more years than the United Kingdom, where the right hand drive version was released in 1996. The most popular model is the 4.0 litre V6 engine which boasts a 203 bhp, hence the extra pace of the Explorer. There is plenty of room inside, so cramp conditions won't occur. There have been reported minor brake faults, i.e. they don't slow the vehicle to stopping as quick as they probably should, but that can probably be accounted for by the mass of the vehicle being so large and hence so is it's momentum. Apart from the brakes the safety of the vehicle is pretty good, with it's side impact bars and dual airbags. It should be pretty safe from crime due to it's immobiliser and alarm system. Overall it's not a bad buy for a 4 x 4, especially if you like speed.