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Unread 07-26-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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2011 Exploder

Another one bites the dust:

"The new Explorer has been completely redesigned. The most obvious difference: It's built a car platform, not a truck one, so it sits lower to the ground and has a smoother, more fuel-efficient ride. The new Explorer shares a platform with the Taurus X sedan. "

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Unread 07-26-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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I've always loved Explorers and thought they were excellent vehicles, but this kills it for me. They did away with the V8, too. Way to ruin it, Ford...
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Unread 07-26-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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Ford's new slogan: "Exploder, you thought they sucked before."
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Unread 07-26-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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Unread 07-26-2010, 01:44 PM   #5
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That sounds like a great decision. Now it will be based on the legendary offroader, the Ford Taurus.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 03:03 PM   #6
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We have a 2002, and I have had several others of the same platform; Rangers and BII's. So much for the RBV.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 03:19 PM   #7
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I think its a good idea but should not be called a explorer should be called the taurus X It has the 3.5l ecoboost and it gets 30 mpg thats pretty damm good for a huge car small suv what ever you want to call it.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 03:23 PM   #8
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If I were in this market I'd get the Grand Cherokee over this.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 04:26 PM   #9
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"The new Explorer has been completely redesigned. The most obvious difference: It's built a car platform, not a truck one, so it sits lower to the ground and has a smoother, more fuel-efficient ride. The new Explorer shares a platform with the Taurus X sedan. "
Let's just break down this description, shall we?

"The new Explorer has been completely redesigned."
Well that's good, the old design was only 4 years old!

"The most obvious difference: It's built [on] a car platform, not a truck one,"
Ah, the legendary CUV conversion.

"so it sits lower to the ground"
Off-roading? Puh-lease!

"and has a smoother, more fuel-efficient ride."
Putting aside the logistics of a ride being fuel-efficient, is Mercedes smoothness really needed? The last version had 4-wheel IS! And fuel efficiency could be solved by better engines, which they just released.

"The new Explorer shares a platform with the Taurus X sedan."
I'm sure they mean Taurus, or the Flex.

As much as I hate this transition, I'm betting that they're going with the approach that GM is taking with their FWD based midsize CUV's. I guess as long as they keep their fullsize SUVs RWD based, then it won't be all bad. It would be nice though if they would come out with a Wrangler-sized Bronco for some nice competition.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 04:54 PM   #10
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I heard a commercial on the radio today about the new explorer and it said "I't will get you out of the mud" or something along the lines of that.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 05:22 PM   #11
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I heard a commercial on the radio today about the new explorer and it said "I't will get you out of the mud" or something along the lines of that.


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Unread 07-26-2010, 05:27 PM   #12
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wonder if it comes with firestone tires? I do like the overall design of it but just not for what an explorer should be.

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Unread 07-26-2010, 05:37 PM   #13
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Ford's trying to make a buck. That's fine by us. No, our biggest problem we've got is that Ford's taken a name with a heritage and used it in a completely un-historical way, thus betraying it. If Ford's willing to call the Explorer an SUV imagine what happens when they realize the next Ford Flex should really be called the Ford Bronco. It's a slippery slope.
^^That^^ Is why I hate this.

The only upside is the V6 its getting makes more power more efficiently than last years V8... But its not an SUV so who cares. Why couldn't they just let the Edge continue to fill this segment? It bugs me when companies whore out their platforms to try and capitalize on the latest trends; crossovers in this case. This is much like patriots/compasses and all the other filler cars GM and Chrysler spread out across every brand they own trying to squeeze as much money from one platform as they can.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 06:54 PM   #14
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bleh I'll take a red 2011 Grand Cherokee limited with Hemi to go, oh and I brought my reusable grocery bags so there's no need to waste plastic.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 07:30 PM   #15
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looks like my wife's GMC Arcadia.

it's a mini van w/o sliding doors so my wife can feel cool on the way to the soccer field

but I've had 2 explores and they were great, handled well on and off road. te off road was not near as good as the jeep, but the jeep did not handle near as well as the explore on road.
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