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2011 Ford Explorer

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    AWD....would have hardly been noticed at all.

    And with RWD or R/awd NONE at all.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Given that these cars are all DBW, no mechanical connection to the engine, my guess would be that the vibration is being felt via the heel of your foot on the floorboard.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    Given that these cars are all DBW, no mechanical connection to the engine, my guess would be that the vibration is being felt via the heel of your foot on the floorboard.

    I was driving my wife's Taurus today and it's noticeable at approximately 2,500rpm while accelerating. I notice it most through my right foot that is on the gas pedal. I'm sure it can be felt through the floorboard too, but I must say it's a very slight vibration. The engine just feels slightly coarse while under a decent load (1/4 throttle or so), once it revs past 2,800rpm or so it goes away and it not noticeable once at cruise speed. I don't know what gear ratio the Explorer uses, but the Taurus at 2k rpm in 6th gear is going 80 mph.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    Toyota might have better damping mounts. In a RAV4 , if you replace all 3, the parts are up to about $400.
    Like WW recommends, I would make sure the tire pressures are in the correct range and balanced.
    Fords have really tight drivetrains and it can take a long time for it to break in.
    Do a web search for any similar issues with other new gen Explorers.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    Fords have really tight drivetrains and it can take a long time for it to break in.

    My wife has only had the Taurus 3 weeks, so she's put about 1600 miles on it so far. Maybe it will smooth up a bit as a few more miles are put on it.

    My brother has a '10 Fusion Sport with the same 3.5 v6 and it seems smoother to me. Though it doesn't have a different platform.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    When I say a long time, I mean about 10k miles.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,650
    When I say a long time, I mean about 10k miles.

    Well that will probably take about 3 months.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    That takes me a bit less than year now. I divide up my mileage between several different vehicles. My kids are away at school, so I put some mileage on what they drive while they are away.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    I've seen a couple of those on the road and black is a great color.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Indeed. Now if it'd only stop raining so I can get some wax/polish on it. I am eager to try out the new ArmorAll Ultra Shine stuff.

    -Brian
  • blevinsdblevinsd Posts: 4
    98% of the autos around here are beige, dark, or white. Gotta have a RED to find yours in a parking lot !!
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    I have used quite a few quick detailer products. I used some Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Detailer on my Alloy colored Fusion.
    I doesn't seem to attract dust like most of the others.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    I'd have a hard time driving a red vehicle.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I have about a hood's worth left of the Meguiar's QD and have been happy with that on my other vehicles. Just was curious of the new product from ArmorAll, and saw the ad while here on the forums. So now I have the new wax, polish, and detailer.

    -Brian
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    The bourdeax (sp) red on the Explorer is quite sharp too.

    -Brian
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    I had a deal all set on an XLT in that Bordeaux color.
    My wife wanted to drive it, and it was a few days before we could work it out.
    By then, it was gone.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    In a year or so you might very well consider that as a lucky break.
  • citivascitivas Posts: 144
    re: the moonroof, I confirmed this on my test drive. It barely opens at all. The dealer said its like that on all of them and it sounded like I wasn't the first to notice it even at that location.
  • citivascitivas Posts: 144
    I confirmed this on my test drive too. It definitely sounds tinny and hollow just above the windshield and makes a ton of noise if you get hit with hard rain. It seems like there is a pretty big gap between the metal and the interior finish their and they didn't bother to put anything to ampen the sound.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,738
    why do you say that?
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,859
    Because he spends his time in here bashing the Explorer for the most part.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    In my opinion the Explorer will soon get a few significant upgrades, DFI V6 for instance.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Please..

    Bashing ONLY the new Explorer, made-over, re-labelled, FWD Taurus X.
  • Ordered a '11 Explorer XLT 202A, nav, tow, pwr liftgate on 1/31/11, still not here, would love to know what the delay is. Dealer says the Nav is the cause, but 12 weeks? Really?
  • swhildinswhildin Posts: 6
    my 2011 explorer xlt is finally here - I pick it up tomorrow - so excited! I have waited 4 months! :)
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I'm betting that Ford was forced to make some change that had the potential for an adverse effect on FE. Until the vehicle is re-certified in the new confiruation by the EPA all vehicles must pass the test individually.

    It certainly appears that something is wrong that Ford doesn't want to admit publically.

    Just guessing.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    At least around here (SE WI) the Explorer was next to nill to find. Then the very beginning of April the dealers started having inventory. We found our XLT (including NAV) then and it has a March build date.

    Not sure why there's delays with orders. I know I wouldn't be able to stand the wait!

    -Brian
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,859
    I'm betting that Ford was forced to make some change that had the potential for an adverse effect on FE.

    Is this fact or just a WAG on your part??

    Perhaps Ford has decided to not flood the market with the Explorer which would result in the need for heavy incentives. Low availability is profitable for both the dealer and manufacturer.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Flood the market..??!!

    Wouldn't that be like....90 days of inventory on each dealer's sales lot...??
  • swhildinswhildin Posts: 6
    When I finally went to pick up my 2011 Explorer (after waiting for 3 months) I asked if the 3 other 2011 explorers that were on the lot were sold - they said they were ordered for people - but they got tired of waiting and bought something else - so they were available! 2 black and 1 white. Gentilini Ford in Woodbine, NJ. :)
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