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Been looking at Ford Explorer, maybe upto Expedition. 2005-2007 from $8-$11k, 80-130k miles .... looks like good bet, but happy to take advice.

We will do light towing, and moving bulky items. Occasional use, but maybe long trips. Use in snow (skiiing), camping (some off-road).

Older car OK, as long as tidy. Not wanting to be hit by large repair bills etc.

OK with more milage if reliable.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Warranty, maintenance cost / Driving position & visibility / Off-road capability / Interior styling

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Off-roader

Primary Driver(s): Short driver / Tall driver

Need minimum of 6 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 150000
Maximum age: 12 years

Maximum price: US $ 12000

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Response from willied

3:26 pm May 9, 2015

I actually have a 2006 Explorer V8 myself. It doesn't have very good reliability ratings, but mine has been pretty reliable. Driving position and visibility are quite good. Note the 2005 and 2006 are actually different generations. You definitely don't want a 2005 over a 2006. I wouldn't really worry about reliability if I was buying another, but the stats aren't great. The only problems I've had were a A/C blend door that I replaced for $50 and right now I have a leaking radiator, which is unfortunately a common problem with the 4th gen (2006-2010) Explorers (though I can fix it myself for $100). I currently have 137,000 miles and I got it at 62,300 miles. I've towed with mine and it tows quite well. Just make sure you get it inspected by an independent shop before you buy it. You may also want to check out a 4Runner, but they hold their value better so you'll get an older/higher mileage one for the same price.


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Response from colin42

10:56 pm May 9, 2015

Response from mkaresh

8:01 am May 19, 2015

2006 was the first year for the updated Explorer. A 2007 might be more reliable, and the 2008s look much better than either the 2006 or the 2007 in our stats. The Expedition might have a further edge here, but I'd only buy something that large if you need the additional space. The 9-7X and related GM SUVs are probably more reliable than the 2006-2007, but less reliable than the 2008 and up.


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