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2011 Ford Explorer



  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    AND, NHTSA investigated fully, and determined it was the faulty Firestone tires that caused the rollovers. IE; the Explorer did not roll over on other brands. WWest hates Fords, so his bias always defaults to blame Ford.
  • He must have a lot of time on his hands. I started to review this forum in order to get information on buying one of these vehicles. WWEST has made this another useless forum. Unless the moderators correct incorrect inforamtion on the posts there is no reason to visit here to gather information.

    I do know that the new Explorer could not be different than the old one. So far what I have seen it like night and day.
  • WWest knows the problems were not with the Explorer but with the Firestone tires. Firestone recalled tens of thousands of their tires as a result of this issue and settled law suits running into the millions.

    He has posted similar disinformation on other sites in regard to other issues as well. Worse; he has sometimes made recommendations to people to make modifications or alterations to their vehicles that would void the warranty, damage their vehicle and/or compromise their safety.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    edited August 2011
    If you buy the crossbars and want to install them yourself, I can you some installation hints.
    You can pop the rear rail covers off without a screwdriver.
    Just pull them straight up form the back.
    If you look at the sliders that connect the cross bars from the front or back, they have an 'H' shape.
    One vertical part of the goes inside the rail and the other outside.
    I tried to put the whole piece except the nubs that connect the cross bars inside of the roof rails. Big mistake.
    The crossbars have the word 'Front' and 'Back' lightly embossed on the top right side.
    If you do it right, it's about 15 minute job.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,609
    Andy - what color are the cross bars? Also how are they shaped and what diameter? I have a Yakima roof box I want to use and the Yakima site shows it will work with the factory bars before I order.

    It seems no dealer has them in stock so I can look at them.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    The cross bars are black and are kind of tear drop shaped from the front edge to the back.
    The have a bit of a bow shape from side to side.
    They look just like This
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,609
    Thanks. Have you attached anything to them yet?
  • Does anyone know if Ford is going to increase production for MY 2012 or keep it controlled as is since it's working for them, rolling out more limiteds than xlt's along with high margin options?

    Glad to see they are a healthy company and am happy to wait for the new model to get kinks worked out.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    edited August 2011
    It's irritating to me, because all we want is a Kona Blue XLT with 201A, power liftgate, and we're still on the fence whether to wait for the unknown quality EcoBoost or take the known quantity of the V6. No leather allowed. That's why we can't get a Limited (which has the power liftgate and the 201A package goodies).

    I've found them here and there. Luckily Texas Ford dealers have a site where you can search them all, so if there's one just right way out in El Paso or down in McAllen, I'll be able to see it easily!
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    That is up to the dealers as to what they order. If the dealers want more limiteds then that's what Ford will build.

    If you want something specific just have the dealer order it exactly the way you want it. Should only take 5-8 weeks.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,653
    edited August 2011
    Has anybody read the review on MT?

    I've been following reviews since I was young...never read such a scathing review. I got the distinct impression that if they had the opportunity they would do the folks at Ford bodily harm for producing such a terrible product.

    This was the review with the Ecoboost

    I haven't compared the Explorer to the competition...are there only fans here or do some agree with that review?
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    edited January 2011
    Apparently Ford refused to pay for the TOTY award and now they're seeking retribution. There is no other good explanation for their vitriole. MT is the last magazine I'd use for an objective review (not that the rest are much better).

    Their first drive impression was good (before the TOTY contest). After the TOTY contest it did a 180.

    Go drive it yourself and make up your own mind.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I'm skeptical myself.... I'm in the market for a 2012 Limited myself right now, and am going for the 6. 1 more mpg is not nearly enough incentive to pay $995 more for the 4cyl Eco, with less power and more risk.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    edited August 2011
    MT locked themselves into hating it after their first review.
    If you opt for the upgraded electronics, there is a learning curve, just because there are so many ways to do things.
    For example, with MyFord Touch, if you want to change the fan speed, you can use the rotary knob, the main screen after bringing up the climate control view, the screen to the right on the speedometer using the steering wheel control buttons, or by voice control.
    Also, the seating position is different than a lot of other vehicles, so you sit more upright. If you are like me and put the seat in low position, the leg room seems cramped, the door sill seems high and there is a ton of headroom.
    I raised the seat, never have done this before, and it becomes more normal.
    Look at the incentives, which one has the least?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,456
    I have a pretty big Thule cargo box. It's about 7 ft long, weighs 44lbs and holds 18 cubic feet.
    Had a lot of problems with it moving around the first time I used it, better but still figuring it out after the second time.
  • a4b5a4b5 Posts: 17
    Do you have the link to this site where you can search all dealer inventory? Looking for a 4wd explorer in TX and am having trouble finding anything.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,015
    edited October 2011
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    2011 Ford Explorer
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,015
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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Most (st,d)ealers, at the beginning/introduction of a new model, year, etc, will only order fully loaded models initially... and why not...

    But it could be that those (st,d)dealers have now found that a Ford Explorer on a FWD "base" (Taurus X, FreeStyle) is a bit if a hard sell. In that case it is much easier to sell "stripped" down, "CHEAP", models to the unwary, unknowledageable.
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