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Old 06-21-2005, 16:01   #1 (permalink)
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What year to buy

I am considering an explorer. I have a F150 now but it is tight for a family
of 4. I am thinking about an explorer but I want one with the 4.6 V8. I pull
a 2 place sled trailer and I am wondering if the 4.0 SOHC would be as good
as the V8 or should I stick with the V8. What kind fo milage do you guys get
with the V8? Also what year is the best to buy for this engine combination.
I believe the 4.6 was offered starting in 2002 is this correct? Let me know
your thoughts as to what you would buy if you had to do it all over again.


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Old 06-22-2005, 00:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What year to buy


"XCR600SP" <dl.beres@456789.ca> wrote in message
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>I am considering an explorer. I have a F150 now but it is tight for a
>family
> of 4. I am thinking about an explorer but I want one with the 4.6 V8. I
> pull
> a 2 place sled trailer and I am wondering if the 4.0 SOHC would be as good
> as the V8 or should I stick with the V8. What kind fo milage do you guys
> get
> with the V8? Also what year is the best to buy for this engine
> combination.
> I believe the 4.6 was offered starting in 2002 is this correct? Let me
> know
> your thoughts as to what you would buy if you had to do it all over again.
>
>


The '02 Explorer is the first year with independent rear suspension, so I
would get an '02 or later (which I did, and I'm very happy about). It rides
great.

If you're going to be towing then you should absolutely get one with the
"tow package" installed. It upgrades the standard Class II hitch to a Class
III/IV hitch (with 7 pin electrical connector) and a 3.73:1 rear end. I
don't recall what the specs are for the V6 or V8's towing capacity. I think
you can find it online.

The V6 is enough power, for me, and I get lousy mileage (maybe 18mpg
average). The V8 Explorer would really suck (literally). YMMV.

Bob


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Old 06-22-2005, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: What year to buy

Overall average mileage for my '05 V8 is about 17.5, goes as high as
20 on straight highway and around 16 on local. I had a '99 SOHC and
the V8 is far better in terms of performance, smoothness and noise.
The gas mileage with the '99 was about 1 MPG better than the '05. I
also had a '92 with the OHV engine and would not recommend that one.
Runs well, reliable, lasts forever but low on power.

On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 22:23:42 GMT, "XCR600SP" <dl.beres@456789.ca>
wrote:

>I am considering an explorer. I have a F150 now but it is tight for a family
>of 4. I am thinking about an explorer but I want one with the 4.6 V8. I pull
>a 2 place sled trailer and I am wondering if the 4.0 SOHC would be as good
>as the V8 or should I stick with the V8. What kind fo milage do you guys get
>with the V8? Also what year is the best to buy for this engine combination.
>I believe the 4.6 was offered starting in 2002 is this correct? Let me know
>your thoughts as to what you would buy if you had to do it all over again.
>


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