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2011 Ford Explorer



  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I think you might mean the Flex can't do what the legacy Exploder was able to do. The new Exploder is nothing more or less than a re-clothed re-badged Freestyle or Taurus X.

    The Freestye and Taurus X both failed abysmally in the marketplace so Ford is well aware that to sell a FWD Exploder will be costly.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    build up a bit.
    With the number of loaded models on the ground, I think some incentives will introduced.
  • steve366steve366 Posts: 2
    I ordered my white 4wd limited on Feb 17th, so just over 3 months ago. The dealer told me yday that it was finally in production but didn't have a delivery date yet. He said that ford will probably stop selling the vehicle soon and take 2 month break from sales in order to catch up on production, then relaunch it as a 2012 vehicle in August.

    Although I did read in a Ford press release that Red and Black were the ones with a paint issue from Japan. A local dealer told me it was white and red.
  • Our ordered Limited 4wd in Bordeaux Red started assembly on 3/24 and arrived in Houston on 5/10.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    Picked up my XLT, same color last Saturday. It has a May '11 build date.
  • caser82caser82 Posts: 1
    I have manually folded down the third row seat into "tailgate" mode in my 2011 Ford Explorer, and now I can't figure out how to get it back to normal position. There is nothing in the manual about this, but the car dealer showed it to me. I just don't remember how to get it back to normal. Please help!
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    edited June 2011
    Look for the plastic cutouts. Reach in with your fingers and close your hand.
    Listen for the click to indicate it's released. Pull the strap up to raise the seat.
    Page 177.
    Hope this helps.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    If the 3rd row could slide back 3 or 4 inches, it would be a good feature.
    Sometimes it's worth it to sacrifice the space the behind the 3 row to make the passengers more comfortable.
  • safety9285safety9285 Posts: 88
    I am starting to get serious about buying one of these and will trade in a 2007 Acadia. I was initially spooked by the touch screen to handle average things like heat and A/C. I am a button and switch person but I am computer literate. I think I can accept the touch screen if everything lives up to the hype.
    So, here are the questions:
    1. Do you like the ride?
    2. Is it quiet?
    3. I have the high level Acadia, leather trim and the bells and whistles. How would the Limited compare in creature comforts?
    4. I wanted AWD and the Explorer is shown as 4WD with the Dial Up on the console. How would that compare?
    5. I do a lot of long distance driving and the seats are important. Love the Acadia. Feels like I am driving down the road in a recliner. Anyone have any long distance drives under there belt?
    6. I have been following the forums and other consumer reivews and have not seen a lot of negatives. Any smoking guns out there that I am unaware of at this time?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    It is AWD and uses the same basic hardware as the Fusion, Flex and Taurus. It just has more sophisticated software controls for special circumstances like snow, mud and sand. Ford chose to call it 4WD because it sounds more macho and better fits the rugged image they're shooting for.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited June 2011
    "..has more sophisticated software controls.."

    Yes, since it is now FWD or F/awd the TC, Traction Control, software has now been made HYPER-VIGILANT so as to quickly dethrottle the engine and apply front braking INSTANTLY once front wheelspin/slip is detected.

    Expect a revision that includes a TC off function shortly, if not already. That what's users of these types of F/awd systems request/require once they discover how crippled TC makes these vehicles.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Not true. That's part of what the different terrain settings change. E.g. it allows more wheelspin for sand. It also changes the throttle response.
  • tgoodelltgoodell Posts: 19
    I just bought my 2011 XLT 4WD a few days ago. This is my first crossover and I really love it.

    To answer most of your questions with a "single, broad stroke", I cannot imaging someone not liking the way this vehicle drives, or how and comfortable and quiet it is. Power is very good--especially once the adaptive transmission "learns" how you like to drive, and responds accordingly. I think this is head and shoulders above the GM products--and one can actually take it off-road if desired.

    The MyTouch/MySync system is a departure from good, ol' buttons and switches and takes a couple of days to get used to. Once you've played around with it (and pls don't do this while driving--haha), it is very intuitive to use.

    Do yourself a favor and rent one from Enterprise for a few days. Won't cost you that much, and would serve as a small "insurance policy" to ensure you're buying something you like.

    Hope that helps,
  • Hi Safety9285

    Renting a car before buying is a good way to determine if it will be a good fit for you. You have the advantage of having it for an extended period and it already has mileage on it so you can see how it feels and sounds after it is thoroughly broken in.

    I rented an Explorer from Enterprise for a few days just as they came out and was impressed with it. The ride was excellent, noise level was good, seating was very good (and I have a bad back) the touch screen is a dream once you acclimate to it - no pun intended. I also like the Acadia/Enclave a lot, but adaptive cruise and accident mitigation systems are not available on them. I did not buy the Explorer because it was a little too big for my needs and traffic conditions where I live, although I will take a last look at it before I order an MDX..
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    Have had my XLT with 202 package for about 5 weeks and will echo the other owners impressions.
    Not sure what is standard on a Limited, but I would get the power folding 3rd row seats if I had to do it again.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    YOU "know" you're driving on sand but the Exploder does not, so TC (safety measure) activates INSTANTLY with even a minor level of front wheelspin.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,610
    You "know" the Explorer has a terrain selector on it??
  • tgoodelltgoodell Posts: 19
    ...yeah...not so much when you have engaged "sand" on the mode selection--which is really the purpose behind it. Its designed to allow more wheel spin and defeats some of the other safety systems which normally (on dry roads) activate to help keep the vehicle under control.

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited July 2011
    Yes, but the Ford design engineering team would have been being idioctic to believe you would never LIE to your car, intentionally or otherwise.

    That's what TC "off" functionality is for, to help you get unstuck while at the same time relieving Ford of most liability, YOU disabled the safety features.

    Besides which just what idiot would want to incur FWD biased wheelspin/slip, at any level, on a sandy surface, good way to get really stuck, BURIED, that.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "...defeats some of the other wafety systems.."

    Not on your life, Ford does not need to incur that level of liability.

    Sand mode....lower DBW gain to prevent easy engine over-speed and hold lower gears longer, yes, but disable TC or VSC absent driver intervention, TC off, NEVER.
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