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2004 Ford Explorer XLT Review

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Introduced in the 1990s, the Ford Explorer was Ford’s answer to the Jeep Cherokee. Emphasizing its off road capability in a family friendly package, the Explorer was met with success. In 1995, the Ford Explorer was redesigned, and it became America’s quintessential family SUV thanks to its ideal combination of decent looks, strong engines, high level of comfort, and affordability. However, despite the favorable reaction from the consumers, the Explorer was notably affected by the notorious Firestone debacle. These Explorers were equipped with Firestone tires which had low durability, and they were prone to tipping the SUV over. As a result, there was a huge recall in 2000 which also affected the Explorer’s twins, the Mercury Mountaineer, and the Mazda Navajo. The Explorer was completely revamped in 2002, with a new focus on regaining its best seller status back.

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