|05-21-2014 09:05 AM|
|05-09-2014 09:55 AM|
|DinoBlue||My explorer is a 2010, the last year they were built on the small truck chassis, so I think I will be good for a few years to come.|
|05-08-2014 04:54 PM|
Platform and drawers is a pretty common truck set up. Certainly got the ideas from other folks. .
Any old anything is going to have problems I would think. Those mid 90s Explorers were pretty sweet. Same thing with Ford Rangers (actually the same chassis) from that era. Newer Explorers are built on a car chassis and not a small truck chassis. I looked at Rollover Stats as well though and, as far as safety, the Tundra is the bomb. Of course if I ever have to replace the 8 airbags, I may break the bank. It is an absolute beast on bad roads and rides like a car.
|05-08-2014 04:28 PM|
i'm hesitant on the explorers because they're prone to oil and gasket malfunctioning.
What I realistically think I can afford and be able to do what i want would be a 1993/1994 jeep cherokee, and just rip out the backseat. nancy, i really like your set up. i've considered doing that more recently for Buggi so we can get out and do some longer trips.
i'm meeting with Meghan, the Travis County SAR coordinator on the 19th. Hopefully I'll get some more questions answered, and meet some local SAR folks!
|05-08-2014 03:49 PM|
I went with the larger Tundra for a couple of reasons. Same would be true of The Ford and Chevy trucks. The Honda is silly if you ask me, as it does not have a truck chassis and who wants to have to go through the truck bed to get to the spare?
The fuel economy of a big V8 is not that much less than a little V6 on the highway; they kill you in town though. But you have a big truck.
The small V6 trucks are "boy toys" for "mudding" and I found insurance was higher. I did not like the plastic bed in the Tacoma.
|05-08-2014 03:28 PM|
Yeah. I am actually looking at new trucks now. Don't want to wait until it's an emergency. I have a few months.
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|05-08-2014 03:07 PM|
I was told that around 225-250, the transmission starts to go and that is where I actually did start having problems. I knew it would strand me at some point. That, and knowing I would be due for an engine rebuild........but I did love it. Good size and handling. Very comfortable (but the Tundra is better hehehe and my mileage is not all that much worse and with the towing mirrors I have great visibility-I would NEVER get a truck without tow mirrors after having them!). Of course parking can be, uh, interesting.
The nickname "Exploder" because when the transmission goes it literally explodes in the crankcase and it is "done"
|05-08-2014 02:25 PM|
My explorer has 200,000 on it right now. Just starting to get cranky, need to sweet talk her a lot. But a great dog truck!!!
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|05-08-2014 02:16 PM|
|DinoBlue||I really like my Explorer, and I did have the crate built for it so it better last for a long time. I only have 65k miles on it so if you ran yours to 225k I have hopefully quite a few years before I get there.|
|05-08-2014 02:07 PM|
My first SAR vehicle was a Ford Exploder. At about 225k miles on the transmission and engine, it started getting cranky...and I figured it was about time. Wanted the truck for other reasons and I liked how much cooler I could keep it under the camper shell.
I have about 100K on this car in 7 years (I telecommute so it is not a daily driver) So I figure it should be good for a good 10 more years if I can afford the gas (I average between 16 and 17mpg)
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