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Ford UK drop Explorer from model range

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by Howard, September 23, 2002.

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    1. Howard

      Howard Moderator Elite Explorer Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      The Explorer has disappeared from the Ford UK model range anybody know why?
      Does this mean no more RHD models?
      What about the rest of the world?
      Any info would be wonderful.
      As I know that Ford sometimes read this site perhaps they would like to comment. There are at present some 4,500 or so Explorers in the UK do they thing that we can all afford Range Rovers (yuk) or Land Rovers Discos (yuk) there is just not enough space inside them and they cost a bomb both to buy and run. Performance is no better and they do less to the gallon.
      Comments please Gentlemen!!!
       
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      hello howard,

      all of the reviews i read about the [british] euro explorer trashed it badly.
      one of the things i remember was,it was for someone who was "having a mid life crisis".

      i think this one is the review section of "car"magazine.

      they griped about safety and reliability, c'mon this is coming from the land of jaguar and triumph and the home of lucas!!

      no offense intended, [to you or your country men] i've owned 2 tr6's and loved them, but reliable they weren't.

      anyway, the only "euro" 3rd gen explorers i can find are japanese or australian or new zealand spec.

      i'm after some of the euro spec parts [OEM] and so far these are the only places i've found.

      go to the ford australia or new zealand websites.

      they have some nice pictures and do feature and show the "city lights" or "side indicators"[i think thats what you call them.]

      peter
       
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      Re: rhd 3rd gen x's


      WOO-HOO!!!!!
      Lucas lights.....the inventor of darkness...
       
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      You know why the Brits drink warm beer?

      Because they have Lucas refrigerators!:eek:

      I'm qualified in Lucas, I owned a TR4:eek:
       
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      Howard Moderator Elite Explorer Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Guys I think this policy sucks. Why are we denied the ability to purchase a new x?
      I agree with the "lucas" comment use wipac instead.
      Jags have there probs too as do RR I know I used to fix them (bloody expensive).
      Lets be fair all mechanical things go wrong no matter how carefully they are made (remember challanger!).
      This is just marketing in the most severe way. If we wish to take the risk why can't we. I think that the x range is great, much cheaper to buy and run than any of the opposition(Landies, jap crap etc). Perhaps I am going through a mid-life crisis and if I am then why not let me. Urgh. I love my x the british motor press havn't got a clue as to what we realy like to drive or why we want certain things from our cars. Better stop now before I blow a gasket cheers for your support.
       
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      BTW - Challenger's fate was known prior to launch. It was a psychological problem that doomed the crew - those who decided to launch it were in a "group think" where they all thought it should be launched, downplaying the significance of the problem and consequences. The maker of the O-rings told NASA not to launch...
       
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      Howard Moderator Elite Explorer Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      It was not my intent to knock anybody just to show that even if you pay millions of $ you can still have problems. In other words everything is a compromise between what is possible and what is practical. So to drop a model that has sold over 4,000 units in 4 years doesn't make sense to me. Even less if they make the same mods for other countries anyway.
       

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