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Old 08-20-2009, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to this forum, so pls excuse any misunderstanding on how to post. I presently own '92 explorer 4x4 and been happy, but at 350K miles, its time to retire her "Jade". I'm looking at a '98 Eddie Bauer 4x4 w/under 60K miles. looks very clean, Price seems OK (under $5K), but unsure of a few things 1) engine: 4.0L V6 SOHC, I thought I've read these may be trouble w/tensioner/timing belts...which could be very costly (and in fact generated recall---is this legit? 2)cruise control button stick (recall)? 3) apparently has 1st, 2nd, and Drive? (cant locate overdrive) or is that it? Anything else that one should consider/look for specific to this model? thnks b
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #2
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The overdrive on/off is located at the end of the gear selector. That tranny should be a four speed I believe. I have heard things as well about the tensioner and timing chain but under 60k I don't think you'll have a problem. I would just make sure the truck has been maintained well overall, i.e. fluid changes and regular preventative maintenance. Sounds like you had a good run out of your '92 that has to be the most miles I've heard of yet on any Explorer. I just flipped 259k last week on my '96 XLT.



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Old 08-20-2009, 06:04 PM   #3
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thanks for your reply. especially about the OD location. I figured I was ignorant. car had no manual. which is part of problem. car had two real owners, w/third being dealer which bought at auction after repo, which makes research difficult, and maintenance history impossible. BUT carfax chronology seems to substantiate low mileage. I may go take another look. Yes my '92 is still running pretty strong, I bought it from seller who maintained it in mint! but he was 2nd owner and was uncertain of mileage...and repped that it was 99,000, in 2005...i ran carfax and demonstrated its REAL MILEAGE as 295K, which i had hard time believing given the condition of car. I've put on another 50K, and I'm much more rough on it...but its still going strong...she is retiring to beach work in baja! good luck to you and thanks bajabrent
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:59 AM   #4
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Welcome to the site, I did shuffle your post to the correct area.



The only addition I have to add is the trans will be a 5 speed auto. A dealer should be able to tell you if the proper recalls/tsbs were performed.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:23 AM   #5
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thanks for everyone's help...as an FYI, from another site (Justanswer.com) i received this reply...pls feel free to comment:



"Hi Bajabrent this is lostrider and welcome to Just Answer, run, run as fast as you can from that truck, and yep thats the 4.0 suck motor as we call it that you have been reading about, that engine has been trouble since day 1, and when it breaks its costly to repair, the recall was a patch job for the oil fed tensioners, and the concern was wide spread, what you need to look for in an Explorer is the 4.0 OHV engine, those engines where really good as far as durability as long as it was taken care of and maintained properly, if you have any other questions about it please ask, hope this helps."



The problem can start at any time, have seen it with 30K miles and then again have seen some with 90K miles before the concern happens, when it starts is normally a cold start rattle and then gets progressively worse, the guides is usually the first to go, the plastic runners break off. hope this helps.



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Old 08-21-2009, 10:37 AM   #6
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There are many here that have the OHC without serious issues. You just have to take care of it with regular maintenance and insure the updates are done. If you like the truck, get it it. Everything else we can help you out with
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Hey Todd, as it turns out, according to Wikipedia, the 4.0L V6 SOHC engine was introduced in 1997 and is STILL being used today...2009! Some of the early reports I read derided the motor, but of course, happy people rarely write reviews. Obviously to avoid the motor completely would blackball most explorer v-6, which means I should buy a different car entirely. I had great experience with the '92,and want to stick with it, so I wonder 2 things: 1) were some of the earlier problems ('97-98) resolved in later additions (i.e. 2000+) AND under worse case scenario, what would happen if I have a meltdown? I understand I might have to replace an engine, and if so, at what cost? I live/have great mechanics in Mexico, where I live, and their labor is much less. I ponder my $$$ exposure in the worse case scenario (that might never happen), any other advice would be appreciated, cheers B
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Adam on here has a 97 with around 145k on it with the OHC with no major issues. (I hope I don't jinx him!) A good many of the issues were worked out by '98 and the timing chain issues carried on to the early 2000s. I'll get him to chime in here with all the correct info though.
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Welcome. Given the value of the trucks and issues, buy a 98-01 and make it an OHV V6 or the V8. The V8 engine and trans is much stronger than either V6, and the SOHC does need special care. I have a 99 SOHC, and given some time I will rebuild my spare V8 parts and get rid of the V6. The 95-97's have things which were upgraded in 1998, the extra cost of a 98 is well spent over a 95-97. The 2001 has the same features as a 1998 Explore, so the 98 is the best bargain.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:05 PM   #10
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I thank you for your help. I'm wasting time/money researching so here is the final ?, and then I'm goinna buy one



1998 58K miles, very good condition, Eddie Bauer 4x4. Has all options but stereob( i will need to replace) . 3 owners No maintenance history, V6 SOHC $3800 (includes tax title etc)



2001 XLT 133k miles, good condition, small dent, knicks here and there, 2 owners, maintained V-6 SOHC asking $4200.



In the end, price difference will be $300 for 2001, but gotta buy stereo for 98.



I like the low mileage on the '98, but like the new milenia on the 01...



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