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1st gen aviator reliablity?

Discussion in 'Ford Lincoln Mercury' started by grizzlyxjim, September 9, 2019.

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  1. grizzlyxjim

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    So I am in the market for an explorer platform vehicle and I haven't really given much thought into the Aviator, I know it has the 4v 4.6. Is it a reliable vehicle? most I am looking at are around the 170k mark. What are the common failures that owners have experienced? What is the price of parts in comparison to a base explorer? I used to own a 99 mounty and it was my favorite vehicle that I have owned, I love the idea of having that 302 hp engine under the hood but I worry about aftermarket and affordabilty as well as reliabilty. I'd love to hear from long time owners.
     
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  3. Albino 94LTD

    Albino 94LTD Recovering from Moab 2016 Elite Explorer

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    2003 to 2005.

    The rear diff bearings suffer the same issues as the early Explorers and begin to whine after 50k-60k.

    The coils are known to start failing around that same time.

    But OH the handling! I miss my 2003 but I needed more towing capacity.

    Yes, there is an Aviator thread on the forum
     

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