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    Farewell Mr. Explorer.

    It's been a fun time, but last week, I sent my Explorer down the road. The tranny was starting to get worse, and even though I had a good used one lined up, it still would have cost me nearly a grand to do it by the time I bought a new filter, fluid, etc. and I'd still have a 100,000+ mile...
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    Funny personal ad

    Since today was especially boring at work, I had lots of time to poke around on the 'net, and I decided to check out some online personal ads. They're sometimes fun to read, and I always try to see if there's anyone I know on them. It happens once in a while. Found this one and the more I...
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    Audiophile radio RDS performance?

    I'm trying to figure out if this is a common problem in most Ford radios, or if my radio itself has a problem. On stations that have RDS streams (lines of data scrolling on your radio's display) mine rarely works well. Most the time it just displays some nonsensical broken message that...
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    Replica "Tucker 48"!

    This has been around for a couple years now, but I just discovered it, and to say the least, it's just plain awesome! One of my all-time favorite cars faithfully re-created! I always thought if I ever became a multi-millionaire, I'd own a real Tucker 48, but the replica is pretty cool too, and...
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    Got my PCM updated today!

    I finally got a day off work, and planned to go to a big car show/swap meet, but since it was raining profusely, I decided not to go. I don't like trudging thru a swamp just to find some cheap parts. So since I was bored out of my mind, and had nowhere to go, I stopped over by my Ford dealer...
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    21 flavors in Dr. Pepper?

    Since there's some odd connection between owning an Explorer and drinking Dr. Pepper, I figure I'll ask here. The newest Dr. Pepper commercials mention that Dr. Pepper has 21 flavors. Anyone know what some of them are? To me it has kind of a funky prune juice flavor. The next question...
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    Justice!!!

    Today I finally had what some would call karma. I call it justice, since there really is no such thing as karma. But anyways...On to the story. Today at lunch time, my boss asked me if I had any change for the soda machine. I did...About 65 cents or so. A soda from our machine is 55...
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    Got the stupidest telemarketing call today

    This is so dumb it bears repeating. I get a call today, and the number that came up on the caller ID was "888-111-2222", so I knew it was most likely some stupid telemarketer. I like to mess with telemarketers, so I answered. It was a recorded message from some phony evangelist by the name of...
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    Carmakers and fuel economy

    Have you noticed the big hype lately with carmakers (especially Toyota) really bragging about their gas mileage, which when you really think about it, isn't anything to really brag about? The Toyota Tundra being advertised as getting 18 MPG? I'd keep that under my hat if I were them. Same...
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    Phobias?

    Here's the place to post things that creep you out or bother you. I have one that's a bit wierd...I have this phobia about eating meat off a bone. I refuse to touch a bucket of KFC, eat a T-bone steak, pork chops, etc. but have no problems eating boneless chicken, pork or beef. I have no...
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    OEM battery finally went kaput!

    I'd say 4 years is about average for a Motorcraft battery. They don't seem as good as the OEM batteries from GM and Chrysler from my experience. I guess technically, this is the first official failure that my Explorer has had since I've owned it too! I'm sure this unbelieveably cold long...
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    Miles Per Dollar calculator!

    I got this off another forum I visit, and it's pretty cool to use for live calculations of which fuel is more cost efficient. http://e85prices.com/milesperdollar.htm For me, E85 is still the way to go. I used some real world MPG numbers of 12 MPG for E85, and 15 MPG for gasoline, and...
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    What cell phone provider do you use?

    I've been using Nextel for some time now, and though they're a bit quirky on some things, I've been happy with their service. Text messaging (which I hate) is prehistoric though...If someone sends me a message, it gets stored on the server, and alerts my phone. Then, I have to download it off...
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    Jeff Foxworthy on Jehovah's Witnesses

    I got this in an email from a friend today, and thought it was pretty funny. And quite accurate too! YOU MIGHT BE A JEHOVAH'S WITNESS IF.... If 'pioneer' is not a stereo, 'new light' is not something in the house wares department, and 'tract' has nothing to do with land or farming...
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    Funny/Regional slang terms or phrases?

    I'll post this just because in different areas of the country, people tend to use different slang phrases or words that someone in another area might not have ever heard, or might just sound funny. One that comes to mind seems to be a very regional term, mainly in the Dodge County area of WI...
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    What's your favorite soda?

    I know I'll be getting a lot of "Dr. Pepper" replies, since that seems to be the official soft drink of the Explorer forum. I'll drink about anything, but my favorite is good ol' Coca-Cola. I usually demolish a 12 pack in a couple days, maybe three if I'm not real thirsty. I rarely drink...
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    What oil filter do you use?

    Just curious...Everyone tends to have a favorite brand for various reasons, and it'd be fun just to see what one everyone tends to use. For me, I generally get a Motorcraft from Wal-Mart, but lately I've been using Baldwin filters. I get them from the same place I get my Schaeffer's oil, and...
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    Maybe our 5R55S tranny woes will be over soon!

    I just discovered this when browsing a Mustang magazine. TCI makes a Super Street Fighter 5R55S tranny for the Mustangs. Aside from ours being 4x4 cases, there shouldn't be any difference internally, so possibly on a "Repair and Return" basis, they should be able to build one up for an...
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    "It's butt cold out here, and I'm fresh out of beer!"

    I'm sure most people know what that line is from. Grumpy Old Men! Anyways, that's the intro to what I did this past Saturday. Lots of people I know kind of balk at the idea of going to another city to go out to eat...I went to a different state! On a total whim, I decided to take a drive...
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    Mr. Eddie Bauer hard at work!

    Finally got a pic of my Explorer in action. This was on the way back from a trip to Chicago to pick up the Bonneville loaded on the dolly. Buddy of mine bought it cheap, but the tranny was cannonballed, so we had to haul it home. Look at the fog too! That wasn't fun at all...It was like that...
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    Ice Road Truckers

    Anyone else watch this show on the History Channel? I'm totally getting into it. I just bought the 1st season on DVD, and it's pretty cool. If I could brave the -40° and colder temperatures, I'd like to go on a ride-along with one of the guys. It'd be quite the experience I'd think...
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    Woo Hoo! Snow!!!

    Got about an inch or so yesterday, and they're predicting 8-12" today into tomorrow morning, followed by sleet, then rain as the temperatures rise. Finally got to play in the snow with the Explorer! I don't necessarily like the AdvanceTrac system on mine though...It takes all the fun out...
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    Is it me, or has the stock Gen III forum turned into a...

    "Bitching grounds" for people to whine about their vehicles? Lately it seems like there's just been a lot more whining and less actual information on this forum. If these vehicles were as bad as some claim, they wouldn't be selling so many! Every vehicle has its inherent flaws and...
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    Transmission fluid/filter changed!

    Finally I got the time and ambition to do my tranny service. Got a filter from Carquest and a case of Castrol-branded Mercon V ATF and had at 'er this morning. It's not bad to do at all...Pop the drain plug with a 22mm socket, and let the majority of the fluid drain out, then start taking out...
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    How dumb is this? License plate lights

    Sometimes a little cost savings just floors me in where it takes place in a vehicle. The other day, I burnt out a license plate light, and upon inspection, I saw that the lens was cracked allowing moisture into it. No biggie, just replace the whole thing with a new one. Ordered up a new...
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