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Old 02-12-2013, 04:54 PM  
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Need opinions on this vehicle

2000 Ford Explorer XLT V6 178K miles
ABS light doesn't go out
may need converter but not certain

Brakes are good
has a little rust on the rear fender but nothing really bad and the paint has oxidation

Muffler recently replaced. Still waiting for answers regarding if the engine or tranny have ever been overhauled.

This is mostly highway miles to Kentucky and back.

They are asking 1500
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:07 AM   #46
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We had a '99 Cougar with the V6 & supposedly were hard on transmissions. I got on-line when ours was acting up & there was several write up mentioning a plastic piece on top of the motor that had something to do with the kick down. They were rebuilding trannies & the whole time it was that plastic piece. Real racket going.

It's been my experience that if the convertor's bad, the tranny is bad. I wonder what the reasoning is for questioning the convertor?
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:24 AM   #47
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We had a '99 Cougar with the V6 & supposedly were hard on transmissions. I got on-line when ours was acting up & there was several write up mentioning a plastic piece on top of the motor that had something to do with the kick down. They were rebuilding trannies & the whole time it was that plastic piece. Real racket going.

It's been my experience that if the convertor's bad, the tranny is bad. I wonder what the reasoning is for questioning the convertor?
It's loud.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:26 AM   #48
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Anecdote- i sold my 91 accord to the kid down the street 3 years ago. I see it driving past my house every day of the week. Had 220,000 on it when i sold it. It has been my experience that you will get your money's worth from that type of car. Or keep considering shit like explorers.
This is why I can't go to KC. I have any used car I am seriously considering purchasing checked by a mechanic first. I won't even consider a car over 200k. Hell, the only reason I even considered the Explorer was the price. BAsed on what I have learned today it is off my list.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:27 AM   #49
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This is why I can't go to KC. I have any used car I am seriously considering purchasing checked by a mechanic first. I won't even consider a car over 200k. Hell, the only reason I even considered the Explorer was the price. BAsed on what I have learned today it is off my list.

No matter what you are looking at ask for the service records, last oil change, etc.

Cars can run forever if they're taken care of.

You might find a 200k mile car that has just had some major work done on it that may ease your mind.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:39 AM   #50
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No matter what you are looking at ask for the service records, last oil change, etc.

Cars can run forever if they're taken care of.

You might find a 200k mile car that has just had some major work done on it that may ease your mind.
Can't get that from dealerships. I absolutely ask for the records but most people don't keep them. Hell, I generally don't keep them either but I drive my car till it drops and then do a trade in. I don't want to hassle with trying to sell it on my own.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:58 AM   #51
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"Engine light is on but it runs fine."
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:21 AM   #52
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This always cracks me up on craigslist

"Engine light is on but it runs fine."
Well a lot of the time a CEL is just an o2 sensor or something silly like that. My car has had the CEL on since I bought it, but there isn't anything seriously wrong with it. I have a faulty o2 sensor, doesn't effect the way the car runs, drives, etc. The CEL light being on is annoying, but I am not dumping $50 bucks on a part I don't really need just so the light will go off
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:29 AM   #53
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2000 Ford Explorer XLT V6 178K miles
ABS light doesn't go out
may need converter but not certain

Brakes are good
has a little rust on the rear fender but nothing really bad and the paint has oxidation

Muffler recently replaced. Still waiting for answers regarding if the engine or tranny have ever been overhauled.

This is mostly highway miles to Kentucky and back.

They are asking 1500
We had a 2000 Eddie Bauer explorer.

The ball joints will probably need to be replaced (that happens on those a lot) and the seals around the doors started to go last year so it was a little loud inside, but at 140K miles the thing ran like an absolute top. Transmission worked great, 4WD was still in perfect working order. I loved the damn thing and wouldn't have gotten rid of it but I just got a new company ride and my wife had been driving that thing forever so we decided to get her a new vehicle as well.

A friend of mine had a 1996 that he put over 200K farm miles on.

I really think Ford did a fantastic job with that body style and if you can get the SOCH V6 (I think they call it the Xmotor), it gets decent mileage without being underpowered. If it's the OHV V6, stay away; that version is underpowered. Just pop the hood and the cowl on the motor will tell you which engine it is.

For $1,500 there's very little chance you 'lose' money on it. If you drive it for a year and the damn thing explodes on you you're still coming out well ahead.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:53 AM   #54
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We had a 2000 Eddie Bauer explorer.

The ball joints will probably need to be replaced (that happens on those a lot) and the seals around the doors started to go last year so it was a little loud inside, but at 140K miles the thing ran like an absolute top. Transmission worked great, 4WD was still in perfect working order. I loved the damn thing and wouldn't have gotten rid of it but I just got a new company ride and my wife had been driving that thing forever so we decided to get her a new vehicle as well.

A friend of mine had a 1996 that he put over 200K farm miles on.

I really think Ford did a fantastic job with that body style and if you can get the SOCH V6 (I think they call it the Xmotor), it gets decent mileage without being underpowered. If it's the OHV V6, stay away; that version is underpowered. Just pop the hood and the cowl on the motor will tell you which engine it is.

For $1,500 there's very little chance you 'lose' money on it. If you drive it for a year and the damn thing explodes on you you're still coming out well ahead.


I'll have to ask about the engine. Not sure which one it was. I did see the letters though. My wife and his work at the same place.
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If you drive it for a year and the damn thing explodes on you you're still coming out well ahead.
Even if you die in the explosion?
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I have one, has a nice drive chain, can drive through any kind of weather with ease and I have never even almost tipped over, like any suv you proly shouldn't be taking turns at 90mph. If I were you I would take someone with me that sorta knows what to look and listen for and if it checks out I would go ahead and get it...
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