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Old 02-10-2020, 05:43 AM
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Just went through this same exercise for the admiral....we looked at everything in the midsize SUV range.....she liked the Explorer the best for comfort, room, features, etc...

We had to have a Limited though as I'm 6'3" and she's 5'...memory seats are a deal breaker for us personally.

A 2019 Limited 2WD stickered around $45-$46K, The identically equipped 2020 (new body style) was $52K.

We found a certified 2019 4WD with the 2.3 EB. Gets 21-22 around town....scoots pretty good when you step on it....no complaints so far.
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:47 AM
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52K on my ‘16 Sport. No issues. Just routine maintenance.
Old 02-11-2020, 08:55 AM
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I ended up buying a '18 Sport w/ 6k miles on it last Jan & have put 25k miles on it since. I also looked at the MDX, &, funny enough, rented a Highlander to drive 3hrs to pick it up. Very happy w/ the Explorer.

I never test drove an MDX. Seems like a very capable vehicle, but it just didn't do much for me. Kind of blah styling, bordering on minivan.

The Highlander was very nice. If I had not been set on the Sport, I would have needed to compare it much closer.

While I had thought in the past that a "performance" suv was kind of silly, I don't any more. For a big vehicle w/ seating for 6 (capt's 2nd row), it is fun to drive. I wouldn't call it sporty in the corners, but the 0-60 in 5.5 is hard to believe & puts a smile on my face. It's got good grunt in the top end too. Bottom line - it hauls a$$, sort of like a muscle car.

It's very comfortable for longer drives, my family really likes it, & there is no more vying for shotgun. The 2nd row heated Capt seats w/ a console in between is as comfortable as the front row.

I've had 1 issue w/ the valve cover gasket leaking some oil that was fixed under warranty. I'll likely be replacing the Hancook tires soon. Other than that, it's been solid. Very happy buying it, and enjoy driving it. I'm even starting to calculate when it makes sense from a mileage stand point to swap it out for the new ST version.

Old 02-11-2020, 11:27 AM
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Got a 2011 totally loaded 174,000 miles no problems just regular maintenance. It has the regular 6. Overall it's on of the best cars we have ever owned.
Old 02-11-2020, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by kitebuz View Post
I ended up buying a '18 Sport w/ 6k miles on it last Jan & have put 25k miles on it since. I also looked at the MDX, &, funny enough, rented a Highlander to drive 3hrs to pick it up. Very happy w/ the Explorer.

I never test drove an MDX. Seems like a very capable vehicle, but it just didn't do much for me. Kind of blah styling, bordering on minivan.

The Highlander was very nice. If I had not been set on the Sport, I would have needed to compare it much closer.

While I had thought in the past that a "performance" suv was kind of silly, I don't any more. For a big vehicle w/ seating for 6 (capt's 2nd row), it is fun to drive. I wouldn't call it sporty in the corners, but the 0-60 in 5.5 is hard to believe & puts a smile on my face. It's got good grunt in the top end too. Bottom line - it hauls a$$, sort of like a muscle car.

It's very comfortable for longer drives, my family really likes it, & there is no more vying for shotgun. The 2nd row heated Capt seats w/ a console in between is as comfortable as the front row.

I've had 1 issue w/ the valve cover gasket leaking some oil that was fixed under warranty. I'll likely be replacing the Hancook tires soon. Other than that, it's been solid. Very happy buying it, and enjoy driving it. I'm even starting to calculate when it makes sense from a mileage stand point to swap it out for the new ST version.
There is a big issue with the Hancock tires chunking. If you have the ones doing this make sure you ask for a pro-rate.

I went through two sets due to this.
Old 02-11-2020, 06:12 PM
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They're pretty good vehicles. I wouldn't tow more than 4k lbs with one though. Also, I don't much care for how they ride. We see more issues with the pre facelift (2011-2015) models than the 16-19s, I myself have performed recalls on hundreds of them for HVAC reprograms and Toe-Link changes. The 2020 is far superior in the ride and drive department but ford needs to work out a few quality issues first. a few of the 2020s that have came on the lot have had strange issues from the factory. Go drive a 2020 Explorer ST, it'll blow you away.
Old 02-11-2020, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by skipperwork View Post
There is a big issue with the Hancock tires chunking. If you have the ones doing this make sure you ask for a pro-rate.

I went through two sets due to this.
The Hankooks that come with the newer explorers are JUNK, rarely see them make it past 38k. Throw some Cooper Discoverer SRX's on there and I guarantee you'll be a happy camper.
Old 02-13-2020, 04:22 AM
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Originally Posted by ARoadRaginCajun View Post
The Hankooks that come with the newer explorers are JUNK, rarely see them make it past 38k. Throw some Cooper Discoverer SRX's on there and I guarantee you'll be a happy camper.
Nothing catastrophic on mine like chunking, but agree on the 38k. Not great grip in rain/snow either. Not impressed w/ them & will check out the Coopers.
Old 02-13-2020, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by skipperwork View Post
There is a big issue with the Hancock tires chunking. If you have the ones doing this make sure you ask for a pro-rate.

I went through two sets due to this.
We had Pirelli Scorpions on our Sport and those sucked as well. We leased the Explorer and Ford didn't charge us when we turned in because they knew the tires sucked.
Old 02-13-2020, 04:38 PM
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My wife has a 2018 Sport/4wd (3.5 Eco) with all the bells n whistles.. She loves it ! We also looked at several Suv's but in the end the Explorer won out. Made the deal over the phone. Boat gets towed with the Truck.

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