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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:15 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by spacecoyote15 View Post
Happy to offer up the knowledge the years of busted knuckles has gained me don't worry too much about the explorer they are pretty good cars. The wife will probably get another one when its time for hers to get replaced. ( I'm getting an xj mostly for the fun and modification factor)best way I could put it in jeep terms is would you pass on a nice 00 or 01 because of the 0331 head problem. Usually you can tell what the mechanicals look like buy looking at the body people who are lazy or cheap won't take care of anything and it shows. If they take care of the outside they usually take care of the insides. And I wasn't speaking exclusively about third row vehicles just an overall review of the auto industry. Besides I think consumer reports has always had something up there butts for the domestics. They have to be twice as good to get the same rating as foreign cars and maybe some of that was earned from the shoddy stuff the domestics put out in the 80's and early 90's but the domestics have really taken notice after almost going bankrupt and turned themselves around. Just one mans opinion good luck finding your family trickster.
Yeah I would, and have passed on several 00-01 XJ's, also 99-02 WJ's......

QUOTE=billzcat1;wsar10 is right on point on this oil thread - as usual. Anyone reading this would be well-served taking his advice.

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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:53 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by wsar10 View Post
How many miles on the TB ? I love an I6 motor......
its up to 150k range now. Been a good ride.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 06:48 AM   #33
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I've been working on an Eddie Baur(sp) '03 that a kid who works for me has. He has done no maintenance since he bought it and we just changed ot the factory rear pads and rotor. Considering all the neglect he heaped on that thing it must be pretty well built..just to be running at all.
Now my neighbor across the street is a ford family and they have two older explorers a 13 f250 and a 12 focus. He just had to replace the engine on one of the explorers. It just started knocking real bad, no warning, no abuse...he still isn't sure why, he just paid 2.5k for a rebuilt and called it a day.
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