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Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by FirefighterJose, April 10, 2016.

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  1. Joe in NY

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    I've heard many things were better in the 4th gens.
     
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  3. TechGuru

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    Thing is they have a lot of extra crap I don't really want.

    I don't want TPMS.

    I don't want throttle by wire.

    I don't really want reverse sensors that have to be maintained when they go bad when I install a backup camera anyway.

    I don't like the single bulb/dule filament headlight design, a step backwards IMO.
     
  4. FirefighterJose

    FirefighterJose Elite Explorer

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    I'm a bells and whistles guy. My most recent Audi spoiled me.
    I want all those features, so maybe the 4th gen is better for me. It still lacks
    Stuff that I'll be able to add to it. We'll see. I think I can break under 3,000 I really think it will be worth going to look at. I told them no way for 3200.
    So they want to know mY offer, I was thinking 2800. Maybe I should try 2600 and see what they say. An entire solenoid pack for the tranny is 300 so I could have the repair covered. I need to see it in person first tho, I think it's a v6. Advance track is fwd or 4wd. I'll ask. It has features I want like sunroof etc...
     
  5. Number4

    Number4 "I'm counting to 3, then I'm getting your dad." Elite Explorer

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    I'd be highly suspect on the trans issue. I'd have to have it inspected by a trans shop, otherwise expect needing to put a $2,500 trans in it.

    Another thing, I picked up my '05 4.0 before my '04 4.6. I was hesitant on the '04 because I thought a V8 would be a gas guzzler. Wife convinced my anyways.

    I would NEVER buy another V6 4.0. When I'm searching craigslist, the number one thing I look for is engine size. If it's a V6, I don't care how new it is or what gizmos and accessories it has, how low the miles are, wether it comes with 10 gold bars to sweeten the deal, I'm not going to buy it and I don't even look into the ad any further.

    The 4.0 is a dog and a grenade waiting to happen. Drove my wife's '05 the last two days, took my '04 this morning. Just reinforced how much I wished we'd gotten a V8 in hers as well.

    The only thing a V6 model is good for, is parting out.
    I do mean to be harsh and I do own a 4.0 SOHC, so people, don't get all butt hurt.


    The '06 you are looking at is V6 as it does not have the V8 badge on the rear hatch.

    A side note, I love my '94 4.0 OHV.
     
  6. FirefighterJose

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    Yeah I agree. Considering they get similar mpg I'd prefer the v8.
     
  7. chefduane

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    LOL! Tell that to all the SOHC owners with 200K+ miles. I understand peoples' bias can blind them and make then closed minded but such statements are rather funny. And the junkyards are full of V8's waiting to be parted out (along with the V6's.) That said, if I were in the market for another Ex I would probably get a V8. I just can't get my SOHC to die! And no, I'm not 'butt hurt.' (Funny line tho!!)

    :salute:
     
  8. FirefighterJose

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    I won't let a v6 keep me from buying it. If i could fix it i could flip it if I wanted to sell it for a v8 down the road. Even if it needed a new tranny i would still be under its kbb and nada.... I'll buy anything i can make my money back on a year or two later. That's a positive investment. I've bought so many vehicles this way. Technically been driving multiple vehicles for free for years. Lol
    My wife's v6 pathfinder averages 17mpg. I'll survive he v6 or v8.
    My f150 doesn't get that much anyway...
     
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    Who mounted that license plate bracket?!
     
  11. FirefighterJose

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    Woooooooow. lol Just noticed that.
     
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    NRA member...dunno if you smoke butts but after owning a few used vehicles owned by smokers...NEVER AGAIN
     
  13. FirefighterJose

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    Yeah, Non Smoker here. One of my previous explorers was a smoker and it was terrible.
     
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    How do you even do that?!?!
     
  16. FirefighterJose

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    They still haven't sold this one and are firm on the price.
    Eh....
     
  17. Tankentaisha

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    Were there notable improvements as the series went along? Mine's a 2002 but I've been considering looking for another and selling this one off.

    Like the OP, I like the 3rd gen. the best visually, but I've also been considering looking for a 4th gen. instead.


    Why don't you like these features and what is TPMS?

    Trying to decide if I get a new one if I'll stick with 3rd or go to 4th gen.
    I know you like this one and you should probably see if they'll let you take it to a transmission shop.

    Also meeting them in person works a lot better for getting the price down, as long as you can make them like you and not seem desperate or rich.

    If the transmission shop (different one than they used) agrees with the previous analysis then it looks like a good deal to me, but if they tell you to rebuild the entire transmission like I had to do then you might be able to get a huge reduction in price.
     
  18. FirefighterJose

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    tpms is Tire Pressure Monitoring System. I love my vehicles that do have them.
    Having worked at a tire shop, it allows you to possibly save the tire if it gets a flat.
    Also helps prevent experiencing a blow out.

    Yeah I'll talk to them this week.
     

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