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We bought one new in 2013.  Has around 130,000 miles on it now.  Ours is the XLT model with 3.5 engine and six speed.  Averages 22-23 mpg. Probably the most comfortable car I have ever owned with infinitely adjustable driving positions and room to haul seven if you want to utilize the third seat.  You can fold the second row of seats down too for even more cargo area.   It has been trouble free so far too and is only on the third set of tires.  We really like ours!  Good luck.

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My wife has a new 2022 Explorer with a 3.something 4 cyl engine. has plenty of power and gets 24 miles per gallon.  Has not been on a long drive yet she has less than 1000  miles on it. she loves it.

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We had a 2017 Explorer with the 3.5L Ecoboost.  We bought it with 7,000 miles and ran it to 125,000 with no problems.  It was a good vehicle for us.  Not great mileage, 22-23 hiway and 18 just driving back and forth to town.  Plenty of power and comfortable to ride in.

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Have driven a couple and my Mother has one.  The angle of the windshield gives me a headache. She has just had general maintenance done to hers and it’s been a good vehicle but my wife and I both think there is something about the windshield angle that is strange. I drove a brand new 2021 a year ago for 5 miles and it didn’t bother me. Never had any motion sickness or anything in vehicles before so 🤷🏻‍♂️ All in all we have friends that have them and all are happy. 

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4 hours ago, Ian Beale said:

Isn't that the one where you start changing the battery by taking a wiper off?

Replaced the battery in ours, took approximately 5 minutes. Very easy to get to.

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they are made on the same as lincoln navigator chassis - up until a couple yrs ago i believe they were made on the same chassis of the taurus/mks chassis - not sure if the newer versions are a lil bigger or not 

havent heard any horror stories - family has owned a couple over the years and had descent luck with them 

i liked our expedition EL it was good 

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Uncle has one, he adores it, i think its his third, over 200k on this one.  ( he travels for work) ive driven it and it was nice. Several other folks have them and like them but nowhere near the miles he puts on. No idea what engine he has. 

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Don't know anything about the explorer but the 3.5 is a good engine I believe. Our edge had the 3.0 and it's bee good too. 2013 with 70,000 ish.  Some of the ecoboost 4 cyls are reported to have started using oil around 70,000 in the fusions and escapes. Don't know if that is still the case.

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Make sure the power transfer unit or transfer case (whatever ford calls it on awd vehicles) isn't leaking. Had a buddy that his blew up. And be sure to do fluid services on it. They don't hold much and tend to get a lot of heat radiating from the engine/exhaust breaking down the fluid.  Really all awd cars with a similar set up need to be treated the same way.

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Have owned 3 different ones since 2003 and everyone has been a great vehicle. Most recent one is a 2019 and my wife will not ever buy anything else. Oh and I do like it also, very comfortable to drive.

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We have a 2009, 2wd. Wife likes it. For me it’s ok, as for comfort. The only thing I don’t like is the completely sealed transmission, no dipstick to check ATF.

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3 hours ago, nate said:

AC lines for rear climate control will corrode and leak near right rear tire if you live in a salt state.   Have not heard anything bad about them. 

Again no  salt here...

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I think the newer generation ones if you are looking at 2014 are better liked from what I have heard. I had a 2006 for my wife and maybe we got a lemon but that was the most frustrating vehicle I have ever owned, spent just as much time as a lawn ornament. Was comfortable and nice to drive and the auto 4x4 was great in all weather... when you could keep it running! But, probably not many clean ones of those generation around to get anymore anyway.

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We have a 14, wife likes it. 3.5l ecoboost has plenty of power, and I like driving it better than her old Escape. Seems to sit up a bit higher. Water pump went out last Sunday on the way home from church,  and it's going to cost almost a grand to fix. Not an easy repair so just be aware of that. Otherwise, no problems with it so far and we have 125k on it.

Mac

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