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Ford Explorer Sport Trac - IV

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  • Can someone post how to track my ST online.
    It was built late last week and I would like to
    track its shipment to FL.
  • Just Received my Director Chairs for FORD and it looks great.
  • Traveling along at 68MPH, when at 193 Miles on the Odometer the Front Drive Shaft Seal went defective. Caused the Front Drive Shaft to seize, loud grinding noise present.

    Dealer replaced Front Drive Shaft complete with U-Joints, and new fluid in Transfer-Case Assembly. Claims that the Transfer-Case Unit is OK, and the grinding noise was the U-Joints slipping. Have asked them to de-greese the undercarriage, and do an extensive road-test (overnight, highway, etc).

    Due to pick it up this weekend when I return home from business.
  • Not sure if this is a problem for many of you, but the ST comes standard with the only side cargo racks which alone can't be used for much. The cross racks (which run from one side to the other)are a $189 option. The cross racks are what is needed to attach any kind of ski/bike/luggage carrier to the top. I thought I could add a good quality ski rack for less than $100, but now looks like it will be close to $300. I believe the cross racks used to be standard on Explorers, but are now another pricy option. Anyone know of any other less expensive aftermarket options for ski rack?
  • Just bought a Sports-Trac yesterday. The Tonneau cover was one of the deciding factors over a 4dr Explorer. We couldn't find a manual transmission, convenience package and Tonneau. Best we could find in Southern California was manual, convenience and cage. We went to purchase the cover but was quoted $1400. 230% over MSRP. I guess somebody saw some of the comments here about the cover being worth more then they were charging. Can anybody find a better deal? I'd like to know.
  • Just called Ford. They are standing by what the dealer quoted. $1400 for a Tonneau cover. My advice... order what you want, wait the 6-8 weeks and pay MSRP. Don't wait for deals.
    Or look for something else.
  • Was watching CNN Headline News yesterday afternoon. On comes a story about the bad weather in the midwest (Chicago area?) and how driving was treacherous. How is the story punctuated? With video of a white Sport-Trac sitting on its side in a ditch.

    Just goes to show you, 4WD and All Terrain Tires cannot stop physics and human stupidity.
  • This may be old news to many Sport Trac owners, but there are other choices beyond the Ford cover. The cover from Ford is a very good design and a great deal at$590. It isn't such a great deal at $1400. If you go the the Leer website, in their new product section they have a cover designed for the Sport Trac. The photo shows one on a red ST (just like mine!). It looks great! Pricing is around $700. I have a soft cover from Ford at this time (hard cover not available when I ordered). I plan on looking seriously at the Leer cover. It is styled to pick up the hood design, installs w/o drilling and is supposed to remove easily. Just some other options.
  • what the hell happened to this site? it does not work at all like it used to
  • Its the new crappy look and new crappy feel with lousy fonts especially the compose font which must be a 8 point its so small. We also lost our category marker check boxes and it appears Edmunds lost its respect for different screen resolutions 800x600 and 1024x768. The "Pickups" topic screen is too wide and causes double spaces between subjects. It also causes the counters to be unreadable. Although trying to find your topics in the other catagory screens is no picnic either. They're so squeezed together is a pain in the $%&#.

    My guess is the developer uses Microsoft IE and has probably never looked at his/her own work using Netscape. I have to stop now, this font is giving me a headach.

    WOW! I thought it couldn't get worse! Is that what Edmunds thinks a better spell check is? Well maybe the developer doesn't use IE cuz they think Microsoft is 2 words. Doesn't anyone test before they deploy anymore? Jezz, bring back the old interface.

    DOUBLE WOW! Seems if you take too long to compose your message you get logged out (without knowing it) and your message gets trashed. I'm starting to think Ford's Customer Service department brought Edmunds.
  • I went to a Ford dealership and priced an ST yesterday. They tried to sell me a manual cranny silver ST (after market moon roof [$1000], bed extended [$175]) for $25,000 drive out. Is this a good price? Although, they claim the manual is the standard transmission, this is the first the dealer has seen on their lot, and I'd really like to make the purchase without having to special order an ST. I have reservations because the price seems high for a car that I cannot even get many options for! (I'm not a big fan of the basic cloth dark charcoal interior-the only one available with a manual cranny in Silver. I can't even get power seats, or rear climate control.) Any advice? I've priced Edmunds and Kelly Blue Book, and it seems I could get a fully optioned ST minus leather interior for a little bit more than what the dealer was offering. Was I getting fleeced or what?
  • Hey everyone! Check out this website -www.mysporttrac.com - for the answers to many of your questions. Most of us use that site, and there are many more posts on more subjects than there are here. One of the ST owners put it together, and did a fantastic job of it, too!
  • I just recently purchased a 01 ST and I have been having the same problem especially when I let it sit overnight or for a period of time. When I try accelerating it starts to make a rattling noise from my valve shaft. If anyone knows why this is happening because I sure would like to know.
  • I purchased Dec 1999 a 2000 Ford Explorer 2DR Sport with an MSRP of $28,735 & after discounts an adjusted MSRP of $26,785. The Explorer options totaled $8,215. My final purchase price ended up at $22,750. I attempted to trade at same dealer for a 2001 XLT 4DR and they offered $14,500 trade-in. A 50% depreciation value from MRSP for a vehicle with 11k miles. CarMax offered $15,500. So be warned the SUV is not going to hold its value. I have purchased my last FORD and FORD related product.
  • tractiontraction Posts: 141
    According to Kelly Blue Book, the Retail price of your Explorer is $20,300 and the trade-in value is $17,360. The dealer will always try to low ball you at first. Sell it on your own if you want the most money out of it.
  • Exclusive Report
    Ford to extend warranty on Explorer, Mountaineer

    published: 01 December 2000
    Robert Lane
    date of revision:

    Ford Motor Company has decided to extend the warranty on 1997-2000 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer models produced at their St. Louis assembly plant that are equipped with the 4.0L SOHC engine. The free extended warranty also applies to 2001 Explorer Sport and Sport Trac models with the 4.0L SOHC engine as well.

    The extended warranty will only cover the engines camshaft, timing chain tensioner and lower intake manifold gasket for six (6) years of 72,000 miles. If the vehicle already has 72,000 miles than the warranty will be extended to 01 April 2001.

    Ford will also authorize dealers to replace all three parts should a vehicle come into the service department for any one of the problems.

    If you would like to contribute or comment about this article, please contact robert lane or comment about it on our message board

    BlueOvalNews.com



    This all pertains to problems with the 4.ol engines with noises like yours.
  • I have read earlier posts indicating that some individuals have had no problems with leaks.
    I have returned mine to the dealer twice to solve leak problems. Leakage occurs while sitting idle in rain and when I hand wash the vehicle. The dealers feedback to me is that they do not guarantee the covers not to leak. I explained that several persons on this board and my neighbor have reported no leaks in their covers. His response was, well I guess you got one that leaks!

    Do others have similar leakage problems?
  • Went to the dealer today with all intentions of buying a Ranger super/styleside. Saw the Sport Trac for the first time.

    Its the only vehicle without rebates or special financing. Sales dude sez they are hot- thats why. I was thinking.. both dealers have over 20 on their lot. Thats not hot to me. No haggle had price from 78$ to $350 off MSRP.

    Rangers and Explorers $2K off MSRP.

    With the economy tanking and these things building up, anyone think the true sales price will be coming down?
    Dave
  • I don't know where you live, but I was at the Long Beach Convention Center a few months ago. They had a Sport tram on display. As I was looking at it the sales guy says that he is the fleet manager and he will sell any sport tram for $200 over invoice. I don't remember the name of the dealership, but if you are in the area, I could probably dig up the salesman's name and dealership.

    Personally with all the bad press explorers have gotten lately, I doubt they are hot sellers.
  • plaaane---

    I suggest you check around at other dealers. While there might not be any rebates on Sport Trac you should be able to do a lot better than $350 off of MSRP. That's ridiculous. Tell that dealership if they won't haggle then you're going to hit the road.
  • Thanks for the info. Im in Tampa FL so CA is too far away unfortunately.

    About the recent problems... is the Sport Trac prone to roll or not? Any place I can research that?
  • tomsrtomsr Posts: 325
    Here in San Diego there are lot's of ads in the paper for Sportracs for under $20k and not just one or two.Of course they are 5 speed manuals
    which nobody wants in a heavy traffic area such as SoCal.Also I agree about depreciation,it is
    awful.The only way to be comfortable with the
    situation is buy a 2 year old car with low mileage
    and get an insurance policy against breakdown.
  • pribcopribco Posts: 3
    Got Sporty Trac in Sept--love!!

    We keep our vehicle a long time-1986 Bronco II has 125,000 miles and going strong.

    Question--what is opinian off Ford extended warranty if we expect to keep The Trac for at least the 7 years and 100,000 miles???

    Thanks
  • Well, I was all set to order my lovely red, fully loaded Sport Trac this coming weekend UNTIL I READ ALL OF Y'ALL'S MESSAGES!! Very few encouraging words. I made a list of everything that went wrong that each of you wrote about and it covered 2 pages!! I'm now thinking about waiting until the 2002 models arrive, hoping that Ford will have gotten the design problems ironed out by then. In addition, I'm hoping I can avoid the Death Tires and get Michelin instead. I currently drive an immaculate 1995 Mustang GT with 110,000 miles that has been virtually trouble-free since Day One. Am I crazy to even be thinking about throwing away great handling and better gas mileage (Mustang) for a troubled SUV that Ford is now having a hard time selling???? The only problem is that I've test driven 2 ST's and I absolutely LOVE them!!!!

    Any encouraging words for me that will get me to the dealer as scheduled this coming Saturday, Jan. 13th?? I REALLY, REALLY want to make this deal (I'm getting it at invoice and with an excellent finance rate), but the accountant in me is whispering "what are you thinking???")... Help, help!!
  • Never let the accountant in you buy a car...you'll always wind up in a Honda because it's so practical.

    Seriously, I've had my Sport Trac for four months. I have not had any problems. And I know plenty of other owners who haven't. None of the issues that I've heard of are uncorrectable design flaws. Most are nuisance problems that the factory has either quickly fixed on the production line, or that the dealers can handle.

    If you come over to www.mysporttrac.com, we've got lists of common problems to look for when taking delivery of a Sport Trac. If you know what to look for, you can get a Sport Trac without the typical issues, or have the dealer correct anything before you even take delivery.

    I've met very few people who have major issues.

    Ford and the dealers have been great about standng behind the vehicle and servicing customers well.

    I feel it's a solidly made vehicle (and I come from having owned a long line of reliable Hondas).

    Good luck.
  • I've had a Sport Trac since August. It's red with everything. I have had a couple of minor problems, but all were quickly corrected by the dealer. Overall it is a great vehicle. It won't give you the gas mileage of a Honda or even a Mustang, but it's not the same kind of vehicle. I love the vehicle and very happy that I have it. Look over the vehicle you are considering buying. Any problems should be obvious. My moon roof did leak because the drain hoses weren't connected. That was a quick fix by the dealer. Buy and enjoy.
  • dmichdmich Posts: 11
    Tennis pro, could you tell me what interest rate you were quoted and the name and location of your dealer. Thanks
  • I went through my credit union and got 7.99% financing with a promise that if the rates drop as a result of the recent actions by the Fed, I will get an even lower rate when I take delivery of my ST. I am wary of going through the internet to obtain financing (call me old-fashioned) and I like having my car payment deducted from my paycheck every two weeks automatically. I will purchase my ST from Bankston Ford in Frisco, TX if I go through with it. I called my sales person today and told him I won't order it unless I can have different tires put on. I don't think he's talking to me anymore...I've been quite demanding through the negotiation process as accountants tend to be. We'll see what happens. Should I hold out for the different tires or let it go and pray Firestone finally figured out how to keep treads from separating?
  • dmichdmich Posts: 11
    Tennis Pro, Thanks for the info. I will probably wait until they get rid of the Firestone tires and put Michelin tires on.
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