Somebody at work bought a 1991/2 Explorer Sport and I really liked the
looks of it. It was a revolutionary vehicle. I'd never seen anything
like it (well, maybe there were Land Rovers, etc. in that era). But,
by the time I got around to buying an Explorer, it was a 1993 Explorer
Sport, Cayman Green, w/ 5 speed manual.
I still have it. It has 221,000 miles on it. I've put in a new fuel
sender/fuel pump, new fan clutch, new clutch/pressure plate/slave
cylinder, rebuilt the transmission, put new bearings in the rear end,
and put a new windshield in (rock chip that grew and grew), spark
plugs 3 times and spark plug wires once, new transfer case actuator, a
fuel pump relay, new console bracket.
I paid $18,500 for the vehicle new and all told, I've probably spent
about $4000 on maintenance including tires. I've done most of the
work myself. It has never let me down (always started and never had
to be towed). It's mostly been garaged at night. The original paint
still looks good. The leather seats still look OK (a few cracks, but
very serviceable for a 16 year old vehicle).
Perhaps the one laughable negative is that you can't use the cupholder
because the shifter will hit the drink when shifting to reverse or
4th. In fact, the owner's manual tells you NOT to use the cup holder
if you have the 5 speed manual transmission. That is a really stupid
human factors design, wouldn't you say? It's in the owner's manual,
so they clearly knew about it as a "defect". In the end, it's just a
I love it. I really love it. I still drive it about 3000 miles a
year. I couldn't get nearly enough money to replace the fun of
driving it, so I'll never sell it..
> Are there any other original owners of the original
> Explorers 91/92 still left here?
I don't own it any more, but I bought a new '92 EB 4-dr w/4WD in
the Fall of '91--one of my favorite vehicles, ever. Fit me like a
glove. I even tolerated the fact that the electro 4WD was hard to
I would have put manual hubs on it, but I loaned it to a friend in
2003 and it burned up (literally) shortly thereafter--a leak
somewhere in the fuel system, I think.
Mine doesn't get driven much anymore but when I do drive it I'm often
amazed at how well it's held up. It's our preferred vehicle for long
trips due to the quietness, roominess, decent ride, comfortable seats,
and good visibility. Gas mileage, not so much.
I bought mine in early 1992. Held on to it until a couple years ago.
Sold it with a little over 200k on it. 1992 4dr 4WD auto, black with
light grey leather sport seats. Still the original trans. I replaced
head gaskets and intake gaskets on the engine, and had the diff
rebuilt under warranty to cure a whine. Otherwise just consistent
maintenence stuff. Car ran and looked great when I let it go to an
employee who really needed something more reliable than his ancient
Chev Cavalier for his growing family.
I think I can stake some sort of claim to earliest ownership on this
On Fri, 27 Mar 2009 19:35:05 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (dr bob) wrote:
I think I bought mine in March or May of 92. Compared to my 76 Blazer
it was like driving a Mercedes. I still marvel at how tight it is, no
rattles at all except of an occasional clunk from the RABushings
(those things are hopeless). It's our preferred car for long trips,
comfortable seating, plenty of room.
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