2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
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- Overall appearance. Highway MPG. 20" rims. Good brakes.
- Suspension, transmission, V6 lacks power
Purchased As New
Overall I am pretty happy with the versitility of my Limited Sport Track. 4 people and all their gear in the back can fit nicely and go on a 2-3 hour trip without becoming too uncomfortable. Although the bed might be smaller than many of the Sport Track's competitors, I have always had room for everything I've ever needed to take along. The tie downs on the outside and inside of the bed are very handy.
I bought my limited decently equiped with the crome pkg, sunroof, cargo bed extention etc for about 26k and change. I got a 1.79% interest rate with no money 72mo. loan at 438.00/mo. I'm sure you can get a much better deal now. I owned an '05 adrenaline and was happy with it, but I like the '07 and up body style much better.
Although the ride can be choppy at times, the 4 wheel independent suspension is better than in my '05 track. For a SUV I am also very happy with the stopping power the brakes provide. Highway MPG is decent. I average 21-21.5 with a K&N air filter and nitrogen in the tires at 70-75 MPH. I can get about 18 in the city with an overall combined MPG avg. of 19.5. The V6 provides decent power with one extra person and no gear. Load it with 4-5 people and gear and it can be sluggish. I got rid of the standard speakers and radio and put in some J&L audio speakers with a 4x400 J&L AMP and Kenwood faceplate. It sounds much better. The traction control is very good along with handling. It drives much better than my '05.
On the con side, I have had some trouble with my transmission shifting properly when I accelerate up a steep hill, especially when shifting from 2-3 gear. The truck will sometimes bounce because the transmission is shifting so hard. The wheels also make a weird clicking sound when I am turning or when I back up right after I start my truck. The Ford dealships I have taken my truck to have been unable/unwilling to look for or solve both of the above issues. Although these problems seem minor, the service the dealerships provide on their warranties is so poor, I will not purchase another domestic vehicle again. I have owned a total of 5 vehicles, 3 of which were new, and all of them Fords. The service has been poor on each vehicle.
In conclusion, the vehicle is very nice and I really like it. But as with seemingly all domestic vehicles, reliability is unreliable at best. A nice vehicle without good warranty service isn't worth it. I recommend purchasing a Toyota or Honda. My wife has an '05 Accord w/ 51k+ miles and we haven't had problem one out of it....read morehide
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