Bought used for a winter driver
December 26, 2018
We bought this car used with 128K miles on it to use as a winter driver. I wanted a V8 engine due to reliability concerns with the V6. The car is very clean, and drives as it should. Fuel economy is worse then expected, at 14 MPG combined driving. The 4.6 3 valve engine produces more then ample power (291 HP) for this car. I'm used to a Mustang GT Premium with 475 HP, and am not disappointed with the Explorer. These engines are prone to valve train noise at idle, and this one is no exception. As for the vehicle, quality is good where it counts, such as the structure of the vehicle. Trim quality is poor in places. Handling is very good for an SUV. The 4x4 would have benefited from a limited slip rear differential.