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End of the road for Explorer Sport?

Discussion in 'Auto Industry News' started by TPLYNCH, September 18, 2002.

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  1. TPLYNCH

    TPLYNCH Well-Known Member

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  3. 88vert

    88vert Explorer Addict

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  4. Black Magic

    Black Magic Moderator Emeritus Moderator Emeritus

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    Does that meen that we have collectors items? :rolleyes:
     
  5. gmoney9

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    I guess we can forget about Euro tails now, "That Sucks":( :( :(
     
  6. Jason_25

    Jason_25 Elite Explorer<br>ECX Member

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    It is a sad day indeed. The only thing left are the truck-based minivans.

    :( :( :(
     
  7. 410Fortune

    410Fortune MUD SEASON 2.0 Staff Member Moderator

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    Yeah they dont need it now, Jerks. Whats the replacement an Escape?


    Man I am so GLAD I have a BII.....2 door SUV's are the only way to go! The wheelbase is perfect, and how many friggin people rode in your back seat lately? Nobody.
     
  8. espnfreak

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    WTF?!?!?!?! THE 2002 Explorer SPORT is the only decent thing ford's got. Cant stand that 4dr trashy looking one. And 1 more thing...why the heck does ford put white guages in the sport for 01 but then take them out in 02? Sorry, just venting, because I think ford is retarted..
     
  9. RoadEnforcer

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    Thats fine with me, less of us on the road is better.... They have enough out for our car now, euro tail lights we can go without.
     
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    Damn! I've been driving Explorer Sports since '93! Loved each and every one of 'em too (1993 - purchase, 1996, 1998, 2001 - leases).

    Very sad news indeed, it's a great truck... :(

    [​IMG]
     
  11. coolchris

    coolchris Elite Explorer

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    at last! i've always hated all you damn 2 dr sports...



    no im really joking, that really sucks especially for those of you with newer sports waiting for companies to make custom accessories.
     
  12. explorer4x493

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    Uh what's up with having more doors than two being a bad thing? Trashy....hmm, ya i'd like you to tell me mine's trashy. You think ford is retarted? How can you say that when you're the one that's got a ford like most everybody else on here? I have no earthly idea where you are coming from on this subject but hopefully you don't mean it.
     
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    i believe he is just tlaking his opinion on the NEW 2002 explorer, not your 96... take it easy man, he is welcome to his opinion and he is just a little frusterated because he is a sport fan (and because the 2003 dosent have white faced gauges :) ) and they are planning on discontinuing them. hes just venting...
     
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    and if you would have looked you would have noticed that he has a 4 DOOR 96 just like you
     
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    Yeah he is just venting, and I am sure he means the 02 explorers also. Why stop producing the best selling compact suv on the road? And honestly, they were just starting to look good.
     
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    Wait a min how am i supposed to know that he has a 4 door?
     
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    Well, all's I can see for the future is, those of you that have Sport's is $$$$$$$$

    You guy's have the last of a dead breed ( I say dead breed because it still has a full axle in the rear, as far as Gen3's go), just think of the BroncII, there worth more that a full size (at least in my area).

    I've been looking for a early (91-94) Sport for a trail rig and find that BroncII's and Sport's are more than early Ranger's are.. The X's resale is still far supierior(sp?) to any other SUV FMCO has come up with.

    That's my .02
     
  18. Jason_25

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    Hey maybe they'll be like early broncos some day :D
     
  19. ld50

    ld50 Oh, the money you`ll blow Elite Explorer

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    Bummer, but they look funnier as they get newer, and by 2005 they would probably have independant rear suspensions in them or something lame or "innovative" like that.

    Welcome to the 4 door crowd my friends!!
     
  20. Rick

    Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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    I posted this at Detroit News:

    Posted: 9/19/2002 at 00:33:31
    From: Rick Horwitz
    City: Glendale AZ
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    Email: rick@explorerforum.com
    Subject: Ford's canceling Explorer Sport
    Comments: I had been anticipating the cancellation of the Explorer Sport. Things were just too quiet regarding this vehicles future. Ford has proven that even with it's monstorous line up of SUVs they are really only targeting the "soccer mom" grocery getter market segment and not the "No Boundries" segment which they claim to be after in their advertising campaigns. Unfortunately the boundries for Fords current line up of IFS/IRS SUVs is the end of the paved road.

    On three seperate occasions Ford sent teams of engineers on off-road trips that I setup for Ford Explorer enthusiasts. These enthusiasts ranged in age from 18-55 years old. We took them to Moab Utah, Truckhaven in California and Ouray Colorado to show them that there was a lot of interest in using the Explorer in these areas of world class four wheeling experiences. We were told that they had a project in the works. Something that would compete head to head with the Jeep Wrangler.

    To our disappointment, Ford dropped the ball on the project and their research teams were scattered to the four corners never to be heard from again. Today GM has acquired the Hummer line and now they have two off-road worthy vehicles in their lineup. Jeep has just raised the level of well equipped factory prepared off-road vehicles with their new Rubicon editon. What does Ford have for the us? Not a thing. To view a discussion regarding this issue check out this page on my message board: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?s =&postid=446154#post446154 And if you have a chance check out the board itself www.explorerforum.com Thanks for letting me vent :)

    Rick Horwitz
     
  21. Lifted95X

    Lifted95X The Xplorer U Luv to H8

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    I'll have to keep an eye out to see if they print something in the paper.
     

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