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2K Ford Explorer Sport Trac's - II

meredithmeredith Posts: 577
edited March 2014 in Ford
This topic is a continuation of Topic 1847....

2K Ford Explorer Sport Trac's. Please continue
these discussions here. Thanks!

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  • rschfamilyrschfamily Posts: 19
    Hello from another St. Louisan ... your profile says from SC. Do tell.
  • dolphins66dolphins66 Posts: 78
    What do you want to know?
  • bigdogst1bigdogst1 Posts: 22
    Just got done w/second oil change (6K miles) and decided to change the fuel filter too since gas mileage has not been too great (about 16mpg). Also noticed air filter to be particulary dirty for having so little miles...thanks for the info on the K&N filter.

    Ad for all the posts on the 6 disc in-dash changer, it seems that my opting for the JVC after-market (which also works with the single-disc) was much more economical (under $400 installed in 20 minutes with no backorders)
  • dolphins66dolphins66 Posts: 78
    Who paid $400 for theirs? We only paid $229 which is invoice when we purchased our ST. The MSRP was only $270 so you are paying more than you would have had you gotten it installed when the vehicle was being built.
  • dolphins66dolphins66 Posts: 78
    Just received a letter in the mail from Ford today that offers the tonneau for $590 (MSRP)through September 30, 2000 for those who purchased their ST before the tonneau was available. Of course, we still don't know if it is available. Anyway, there are no additional costs included. Ford will pay for installation at the dealer and the tax. I think that's a fair offer from Ford for those of us who would have liked to have the tonneau when our "early-birds" were delivered.
  • If your getting poor MPG a possible reason may be...

    The air conditioner compressor will run on ALL settings except 3.

    1. OFF --> O
    2. Floor Only
    3. Face Only

    Any other setting runs the air conditioner compressor and would probably result in lower MPG. Also expect lower mileage until after the break in of 500 miles. I would suggest for accuracy sake no one post MPG's until they have at least 1000 miles.
  • craig002craig002 Posts: 32
    I now have 1500 miles on mine. In cool Arizona we hardly need the AC, and our reformulated gasoline does wonders for mileage. I am averaging right at 14.8 MPG. All on the freeway or in town driving.
  • bigdogst1bigdogst1 Posts: 22
    Does anyone know if the speakers (front and back) are all the standard 5x8 factory type? Even though the grill is round that may be the case and I did not want to remove the door to find out before purchasing some better speakers.
  • mljohnmljohn Posts: 9
    bigdogst1 - I upgraded all my speakers with Eclipse 5x7s, they were direct replacements for what's behind the round door grills. I also ripped out the crummy single cd radio and replaced it with a jvc xc770 cd/tape. Even without an amp this thing puts out 40w by 4.
  • bigdogst1bigdogst1 Posts: 22
    MLJOHN - thanks so much for the info. I have not heard of that a brand sold at places like Circuit City? What did you pay? Did you install them yoursel? If so, any tips on the panel removal would be appreciated!
  • bigdogst1bigdogst1 Posts: 22
    I guess I could have done the work before posting my question to MLJOHN. I found a place that carries them (5x7 Eclipse) for $119 per pair.

    That sound right?
  • cleekcleek Posts: 9
    Hi all,

    Does anyone know if the wiring harness for the fog lights is in place? I passed on the the wheels-nerf bars-fog lights bundle from Ford, but would like to install some after market lights.

    I also r'cv the Hard Tonneau cover solicitation today. My saleman's "educated guess" was that the T-Cover orders would be filled in the later half of July.

  • mkazarian1mkazarian1 Posts: 17
    After four weeks of waiting, I finally got a build date of 8-6-00. Does anyone know how long after build date can I expect it to be delivered to my dealership? Thanks.
  • rb125rb125 Posts: 28
    I now have 7000 miles on mine. I am averaging right at 18 - 19 MPG in town and 24 MPG on the freeway moving at 70-80 MPH with the A/C on.
  • mtrice7mtrice7 Posts: 7
    I am in the process of determining whether to use a lease or loan in financing my future ST, with the desire of low payments.

    For loaning thru Ford, there is 7.9% for 60 months thru 7/5/00. Does anybody know of any longer terms or lower APR's offered thru Ford or other finance companies?

    For leasing, I have been unable to find any details since the ST is so new (MY01). Does anybody know residual values and money factors for various terms (24, 36, and/or 48 month) with 12K and/or 15K miles/yr? Thanks.
  • mljohnmljohn Posts: 9
    That sounds about right, the panel is attached with standard Ford plastic push pins. It comes off easy with a panel removal tool. Eclipse is made by Fujitsu-ten and is very high in quality. Check to see if you void the warranty by putting them in yourself. I thought you could only buy them through an authorized Eclipse dealer/installer. This was part of a carryover sytem I pulled out of my Bronco before trading it in; I also have it hooked up to an eclipse 5 channel 250w amp. I am waiting until I have more time to put in a punch-hes sub in the factory location. The amp is mounted behind the panel where the jack was. I'm going to mount that in the bed once my rollnlock cover gets here.
  • craig002craig002 Posts: 32
    do you do a lot of down hill driving? just kidding. Is your ST a 4x2, and what rear end gears do you have? Thx.
  • jab1964jab1964 Posts: 21
    what kind of oil are you using?
  • tinley1tinley1 Posts: 3
    I've never received the Ford Outfitters Catalog. Can anyone post a short list of what's available for the ST with part nos. and prices
  • bigdogst1bigdogst1 Posts: 22
    MLJOHN - according to a online stereo consultant Ford uses 6x8 and Chrysler uses 5x7. Either way, there are more options now than I thought and will go from there.

    RB125 - WOW! I have 6K miles and am not even close to that MPG. Hopefully it gets better!

    TINLEY1 - the catalog has lots of cool stuff but no prices. I am sure the Ford site has a form to request a catalog but I can scan it and send you some info...e-mail me @ [email protected]

    MTRICE7 - I am currently leasing my S/T and with also trading in my 97 Ranger. Your residual will be based on how long you lease the car (mine was approx $15K after 3 years...but don't quote me). I can get you more info if you want to e-mail me at the address above.
  • rb125rb125 Posts: 28
    I got 4X2 with 16" wheels and 4.10 axle. Oil change at my dealer. Use speed control as much as I can.
  • melvin7melvin7 Posts: 32
    Does anybody know about the new 6-cd player that is going in the later produced Sport Tracs. There is an upgrade and a price increase, but that's all I know. My dealer is trying to find out more about it now.
    Thanks, Mel
  • rb125rb125 Posts: 28
    Where did your letter come from? Did it have a address and or phone number? When did it say we could order it? My dealer has been waiting 5 weeks for a soft cover to come in. I would like to order the hard one now, because the way things are going, Ford maybe will have it by the 25 of Dec. so Santa can del. it.
  • jetskijetski Posts: 5
    I was starting to become concerned after seeing other ST buyer comments regarding the varying information on purchase, build and delivery dates. There appeared to be no rationale or consistency other than the buyer not getting what they were "promised" which is the dealer. Anyway, I can accept that certain things take time and that's fine, but if I think I'm getting a snow job that gives me the reason to approach the situation from a different angle, which I did.

    I purchased a ST on June 1 which was ordered from Kentucky on June 5. I was informed it would take 6-8 weeks. On June 22 I contacted the sales rep to follow-up. He was just too quick to say that he heard nothing. After reading all the postings of other buyers problems, I called him back. This kid was so new and I was presenting all this industry information that he could not answer, he was more than glad to pass me off to the Ford Sales Manager. The Manager checked the on-line Ford order system and confirmed that my build date is July 20. Most reps do not have the access permission to do this. ST should arrive at dealer approx. 2 weeks after. We'll see.

    A few's your money, don't be afraid to ask questions. Do as much shopping for a sales rep and dealer as you do picking out a vehicle.
  • dep7dep7 Posts: 12
    can you post the letter that you received from ford regarding the tonneau cover....have you called an ordered one yet?thanks
  • Brought my ST in for the Punch list of problems.

    1. Power Steering Shimmy
    2. Fuel Door rubs
    3. Sun Roof Leak.

    They fixed the sun roof leak ASAP. The drain hose apparently falls off and needs do be clamped or glued. I suspect it happens when the hose gets hot in the sun and expands????

    Fuel Door. They ordered an new door for me. I don't think they realize that it may not help but its not a big deal to me because they are committed to fixing it.

    The power steering shimmy problem has another service message of either 14191 or 14192 I didn't want to press him for the correct number (1 or 2) for fear of scaring him off. This message is on hold as Unresolved meaning that Ford has not identified the problem with a resolution yet. I pointed him to the service message 14005 that everyone is talking about. He said they would check it out. I'm guessing that the 1419x message replaced the 14005 message???? But that is a GUESS!

    I'm not going to fault ford for the power steering issue. Its minor and better they acknowledged the problem and issue a resolution when its fully tested.
  • bigdogst1bigdogst1 Posts: 22
    I checked mine last night and saw nothing weird....what's the deal with the "rubbing" problem?
  • Its not the cap its the Fuel door. It rubs the fender on the hinged side when opened. Eventually it will rub the paint of the fender in a spot smaller than a #2 pencil eraser.
  • tractiontraction Posts: 141
    You do indeed need a certifcate number to order the tonneau cover with this special deal. Best to ait until you receive before calling the number.

    Thanks Ford for taking care of us early buyers with this offer. I think they read Edmunds.
  • Oh I'm sure they read Edmunds. Did anyone notice how quickly all the posts from davesteele of the Tonneau cover manufacturer were deleted????? Sounds more like Ford has Edmunds in their pocket to me.
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