<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Ulysses wrote:
> > >
> > BTW did you ever get your Explorer? I got a good deal on a '97 4WD.
> > still keeping the '91 and '92 as long as they are repairable.
> I'm getting close. I've passed on some good ones because I didn't like
> the color. I started dragging my feet when gas hit $3/gal too. That
> seems to be motivating more people to sell. I have my eye on this 98
> 4D, 4WD:
> That's at my upper limit, $6K. I'm hoping they drop their asking price.
> Good chance that'll happen.
Personally I think that price is already reasonable if not very good, but
heck, if you can get it for less...
I wouldn't wait for them to lower the price, I'd just offer less before
someone else grabs it.
I bought a '97 LTX with Control Trac 4WD, the color I wanted, power doors
and windows, tilt, cruise, no CD but casette (I never even turn the things
on anyway but the clock is nice to have), 4.0 V6 EFI, four wheel disc
brakes, no sunroof (don't really like em), some of those damn air bags, and
97,000 miles. The thing looks great and I got it from a Ford dealer for
just under $5000. I would have liked leather but was more concerned with
getting the right engine and most of em seem to have the SOHC. I'm pretty
sure I can keep this thing going for another 200,000 miles. I know you
don't like dealers but on mine they replaced the brake pads, changed the
oil, changed the coolant, changed the air filter, apparently charged the AC
(very cold), cleaned it thoroughly, got the smog test, took the stuff to the
DMV, and most likely set the engine to factory specs. They may have done
other things that I have not investigated quite yet. BTW they had several
used Explorers to choose from at this dealer. I got the impression they had
been there for a while too.
I have not made up my mind yet if I like the Control Trac or not. I think I
prefer having complete control over 4WD but it will go up a steep, loose
dirt hill without having to push any buttons or turning any knobs etc. I'm
also not so sure about the torsion bar suspension--sounds like sports car
stuff to me--so we'll just have to see when the road gets muddy. It does
feel more responsive than the old Explorers which could be an advantage
BTW I had to have a white one cause my other two are red and blue ;-)