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Ford rises above the “Three Letters of Doom” with the 2011 Explorer.
Auto Extremist ^ | 07/26/2010 | Peter M. De Lorenzo

Posted on 07/27/2010 9:06:53 AM PDT by taildragger

As Ford takes the wraps off the new 2011 Explorer today – with a stellar, multi-city “throwback” reveal combined with a social media offensive – it’s easy to see why they’re excited about it. The new Explorer is lighter, much better looking, safer, quieter, exhaustively equipped, technically sophisticated, dramatically more efficient and with light-years better driving dynamics thrown-in for good measure. In short, there is nothing about the 2011 version of the Explorer that bears any resemblance to the vehicle that came before it. The only thing the new vehicle shares with the old one is the name, which has an incredible 96 percent recognition factor among American consumers, according to Ford.

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To: taildragger
Looks like a 2008 Ford Edge


2 posted on 07/27/2010 9:10:48 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: JRios1968

I specifically bought the 2010 Explorer because I didn’t want a cross-dresser. ;-)


3 posted on 07/27/2010 9:35:18 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: taildragger

As the owner of a 2004 Explorer, I hope they have fixed the differential that tends to go out at 60K, and the rear hatch that frequently splits in the middle. At least, the Ford dealer in Tucson told us both problems were common, and neither covered by warranty.

I’m NOT in a hurry to buy another ‘Explorer’!


4 posted on 07/27/2010 9:35:45 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (When the ass brays, don't reply...)
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To: JRios1968

It’s a car and they’re calling it an SUV? How clever.


5 posted on 07/27/2010 9:43:42 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: JRios1968

Never got the SUV craze when it was at its height, still don’t get it.

Just a station wagon that sat higher, no more real space inside, cramped rear seats... never got it.

They are hellishly less convient for lugging kids and cargo than the mini-van.


6 posted on 07/27/2010 9:59:04 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: JRios1968
Three Letters of Doom?

Ummmm?

UAW!

7 posted on 07/27/2010 10:02:42 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Everything I needed to know about 0bama, I learned from Wesley Mouch.)
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To: Mr Rogers
As the owner of a 2004 Explorer, I hope they have fixed the differential that tends to go out at 60K, and the rear hatch that frequently splits in the middle. At least, the Ford dealer in Tucson told us both problems were common, and neither covered by warranty. I’m NOT in a hurry to buy another ‘Explorer’!

Well, neither was (or am) I. I had a 1998 Explorer, and it ate ball joints and blew valve gaskets every 40 to 50 k miles. At just over 100k, it died of death by trasmission--and the idler pulley assembly flew off, to cap its last day on the road. I had somewhat better luck with a Jeep GC, and now have a 4Runner which seems by far the best of the pack.

8 posted on 07/27/2010 10:07:22 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: JRios1968

Thank god the gov’t is taking the U out of SUV. And by the looks of this there is very little S left. I drive a 1976 SUV in the summer, Olds Custom Cruiser and a 88 Grand Wagoneer in the winter. As long as I can buy part I will stick with them till they start making exciting cars again. This new Exploder will fail like the new Taurus.


9 posted on 07/27/2010 10:09:08 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: JRios1968
fugly pontiac aztek Pictures, Images and Photos

Ford re-invents the Pontiac Aztek.

10 posted on 07/27/2010 10:35:48 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: JRios1968

Great a unibody, I’ll keep my ‘08 (and it’s full frame).


11 posted on 07/27/2010 10:35:55 AM PDT by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: JRios1968
Did you intend to post a pic of a 2008 Ford Edge? Or do you think that's a 2011 Explorer?

It actually looks pretty nice to this import-owning poster...


12 posted on 07/27/2010 10:36:35 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bakon Akbar!)
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To: JRios1968

*sigh*

Another SUV that looks like a mini-van. More wussifying of the country. Not allowed to own anything that remotly looks beefy, tough and works hard.

I hate to see what pick-up trucks look like in a few years...


13 posted on 07/27/2010 10:49:45 AM PDT by JenB987 (I'm still an American and 'til they take that away from me there's no day ruined. - El Rushbo)
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To: Snickering Hound

“Ford re-invents the Pontiac Aztek.”

No the Ford looks better than that Mini Garbage truck ,But if it was a Honda or Toyota no one would say a word other than how cool it is!!


14 posted on 07/27/2010 10:52:59 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: GreenAccord

I agree - Ford has a hit on its hands. The truck will sell well.


15 posted on 07/27/2010 10:53:18 AM PDT by Dansong
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To: HamiltonJay
Most - like the Chevy Suburban - are just long-bed pickup trucks with a body (permanent camper top) on it. My daughter bought a Suburban in 2001, the same year I bought my Silverado pickup, and the cabs are identical.

That's what I never understood, millions of pickup trucks running around...same engine, same transmission...but none of the libs said anything about those "ruining the planet". Which proves the war against SUV's was more of a status-envy war than enviromental.
16 posted on 07/27/2010 10:53:58 AM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: JRios1968
I think your 2008 Ford Edge photo is confusing people into thinking that's the Ford Explorer. Here's the 2011 Explorer...looks pretty good, with great reviews...thinking about getting one myself.


17 posted on 07/27/2010 10:54:22 AM PDT by Azzurri
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To: gilor

“Great a unibody, I’ll keep my ‘08 (and it’s full frame).”

With the new CAFE standards, body-on-frame SUVs are going to have to become a much smaller part of the mix of vehicles that manufacturers sell - there’s just no cost-efficient way of pushing the mileage of those tall, heavy trucksters up to the mandated level. I don’t know how the manufacturers are going to kill the demand for large, powerful vehicles among consumers - I suspect they’re going to have to limit their numbers and the demand for them by jacking up the prices.


18 posted on 07/27/2010 11:04:26 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: rhombus

We bought ours a couple of month back, replacing the second Explorer AWD. All of our Explorers worked very well, with no repairs at all. (I’m old fashioned, though, and do 3K oil changes...)

I require a frame, plus good ground clearance and four wheel drive, which means we’ll have to search for the replacement in a couple of years.

It’s to bad that they killed off the product.


19 posted on 07/27/2010 11:10:38 AM PDT by benewton
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To: JRios1968

It looks like the Flex.


20 posted on 07/27/2010 11:23:10 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: JRios1968; All
Great Article.

The most anti-PC pro we need real car reads in a long time.

Is is me or has FR been up and down all day long? I haven't been able to respond, I couldn't get on...

21 posted on 07/27/2010 11:30:38 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Azzurri

My brother in law has a Ford Excursion. he bought a used one specifically to get the 7.3 Diesel engine, because the newer 6.0 is high maintenece. It’s not unusual for any of his and my sister’s offspring to visit, and The big SUV offers plenty of room to haul around my neices and their families and/or my nephew and his bride and their assorted stuff.

His work truck is a LWB F-350 (also with the 7.3), and my sister’s ride is a Toyota Highlander, which they use mostly for running errands around town. It also handles the overflow when all three of the kids and grandkids descend on them at the same time. When it comes time to trade the Toy, I’m betting they will opt for the new Explorer.

- JP


22 posted on 07/27/2010 11:33:00 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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To: Azzurri

My brother in law has a Ford Excursion. he bought a used one specifically to get the 7.3 Diesel engine, because the newer 6.0 is high maintenece. It’s not unusual for any of his and my sister’s offspring to visit, and The big SUV offers plenty of room to haul around my neices and their families and/or my nephew and his bride and their assorted stuff.

His work truck is a LWB F-350 (also with the 7.3), and my sister’s ride is a Toyota Highlander, which they use mostly for running errands around town. It also handles the overflow when all three of the kids and grandkids descend on them at the same time. When it comes time to trade the Toy, I’m betting they will opt for the new Explorer.

- JP


23 posted on 07/27/2010 11:33:04 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I’m not sure if the new Explorer is included but I can get anyone a friends and neighbors discount. All I need is your name, address and the last four digits of your social. It isn’t as good as A-plan but a pretty good discount. Just tell your dealer when you go look.


24 posted on 07/27/2010 11:43:44 AM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: Amberdawn

It looks like the offspring of the Edge and the Flex.

In other words, history is repeating itself. It’s the Mustang II (a mate of the Maverick and the Pinto) all over again. The government gets involved, screws everything up, and now Ford has 3 cars that compete for the same buyers.


25 posted on 07/27/2010 11:47:26 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Mr Rogers

Wait till the spark plugs start randomly shooting out of it. And someday, I’ll get around to fixing the air conditioning for the THIRD time.

I think I’m going for a Toyota next time. I hear they’re so luxurious that they even do the accelerating for you.


26 posted on 07/27/2010 11:51:34 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I think the water supply at the Ford design branch still has too many female hormones in it.


27 posted on 07/27/2010 11:52:27 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: JRios1968; All
Furst time I've seen the poster's comments pulled by an Admin Mod

Just wondering, anyone have a list of SUVs that you can get with a manual tranny?

28 posted on 07/27/2010 12:06:53 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: benewton

I bought a 2007 Explorer Sport Trac. I put close to 65K miles on it and knew I’d put another 65K in the next 3 years. When I heard they’d discontinued the Sport Trac line and turned the Explorer into a Crossover, I bought one of the last 2010s. This has been the best vehicle I’ve ever owned - Extremely versatile, great in the snow and comfortable.


29 posted on 07/27/2010 12:16:21 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: rhombus

I am a consultant, and so, more or less, have to live on the road. That means my wife has to have a reliable vehicle, since I’m not always available to drive to her rescue.

She loves her ‘10, complete with the sunroof and remote start.
I’ve not driven it (yet), but then it’s not my car. She has to do snow, ice, and what, at least in the northeast, passes for mountains every weekday, commuting forty miles to her work. She liked her first two, but loves this one.

It’s not good that they killed the line. Unless they come up with something like it, we’ll have to go foreign on the replacement, as we will not buy government motors products.

FWIW, my F-350 took me to CA and back, and I’m happy with it, although I do note that the oil changes are really expensive on the diesel.


30 posted on 07/27/2010 12:26:49 PM PDT by benewton
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To: Azzurri

It does look good. I won’t buy another GM product while Zero owns them and was thinking of a foreign SUV (BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover) to downsize a bit from the Escalade. I’m going to definitely check out the Explorer.


31 posted on 07/27/2010 12:35:05 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: KYGrandma
I can get anyone a friends and neighbors discount.

Thanks for the offer, altho I'm all set for now.

32 posted on 07/27/2010 2:06:50 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Wow. I’ve got a ‘98 Explorer that I’ve had for about 9 years now. The only thing I’ve had to replace so far are the two little vertical stabilizer bars on the front axle, a battery, brakes, tires and a starter.

Pretty run-of-the-mill type stuff, I think. Sorry to hear you’ve had so many problems with yours. Mine’s been pretty good to me (so far.)


33 posted on 07/27/2010 2:15:31 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Which options did you have? I’ve heard that the V8 full time all wheel drive was pretty good. I had the 4 Liter V6 with the German 5 speed automatic. Lots of different guts from the V8. That wouldn’t have affected the ball joint problem, but if that was the only weakness, it would have been OK.

I didn’t mention the plastic fuel line letting go on a vacation. I told a mechanic friend about this and he said, “Oh, you’re having problems with your Ford Exploder, haha.”


34 posted on 07/27/2010 2:19:08 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Actually, mine is a stripped down model - manual transmission, no power locks or power windows. It does have AC, PS and PB.

I am starting to have a little difficulty shifting at times, almost like it doesn’t want to go into gear, but so far its minor and nothing more than a small inconvenience.

I use it as a get-to-work-and-back car, and so far it’s been very economical for me.


35 posted on 07/27/2010 2:28:02 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: JRios1968
I drive a '06 Explorer for work. I'm glad I didn't spend my own money on it. The door handles are at your ankles, and there are no grips on the arm rests. Just dumb. A bunch of fake chrome that shines horribly on sunny days. Why? Has a weird transmission jump when you apply on the brakes. (2 other of my co-workers have the same issue on their trucks).

It has been reasonably reliable for the beating I put it through tho. But still, I don't particularly care for it. I just can't see myself buying a Ford for a personal vehicle.

I've been a GM guy. I think the GM lineup is pretty good, and has some good looking vehicles. And that is too bad. I bought a Chevy Traverse right before the Obama takeover. And it will be my last new GM product after my first in 1988. Cut up my GM Card. Heck with them.

I have an '05 Nissan Frontier that I bought used that is treating me well. The profits when it were built go mostly to Japan. But it gave a bunch of working class people in Tennessee a job, and I expect Nissan will be high on the list when my Traverse needs to be replaced.

36 posted on 07/27/2010 2:34:01 PM PDT by Pappy Smear (Support the presidency, end the policies.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

The manual transmission model with the regular 4.0 L V6 (not the high output version) was a tried and true solution. It would have lasted longer than mine!


37 posted on 07/27/2010 2:55:02 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: GatorGirl

38 posted on 07/27/2010 2:56:30 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: ken5050

Ya, the Jeep Wrangler has a manual transmission.


39 posted on 07/27/2010 3:01:27 PM PDT by Roklok
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To: Azzurri

I’m a little concerned about the sill height. Is it too high to rest your arm on it? It seems awfully high compared to my ‘97.


40 posted on 07/27/2010 3:06:32 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Amberdawn

Looks like a Flex? ROFL

I think you’re looking at the wrong picture. Please see post 17, which is of the 2011 Explorer, and which looks nothing like the Flex. It clearly has design elements from the new Taurus.


41 posted on 07/29/2010 7:32:09 AM PDT by Fletcher J
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To: Azzurri

That looks nice.


42 posted on 07/29/2010 7:37:38 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: Fletcher J

Whatever it’s called, it looks like a box on wheels with the edges smoothed off.


43 posted on 07/29/2010 9:08:54 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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