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I have a 1996 Explorer 2DR Sport Utility with sun roof, white, we purchased used from a local ford dealer in 1998. It is in service and, while it has issues, it is reasonably reliable. It starts, runs, goes through all the gears. However, at 200,000 miles I was thinking it might be time to do some real re-work.

Oh, I forgot to say the brakes, on occasion, make a funny sound. It sort of comes and goes and is not predictable. The rear brakes I believe.

I was considering taking it to a local mechanic and asking him to sort of give it a once over. Maybe rebuild the engine, transmission, service all the major items, rework the brakes, oh and work on the door closure mechanism, especially the rear door/lift.... Oh and I did have an issue with the right door which a local "mechanic" sort of fixed which will need to be redone (has a different key for that door alone, claimed he could not get the correct part to fix the door lock).

So the question is, keep it and do the work (don't know the price yet) or purchase a replacement (used similar but newer).

The newer vehicle would have many unknowns which would, maybe make it more or less reliable.

Anyway, the question is, what is the possibility of finding a local mechanic that might be able to do what I want and get a reliable outcome.
 

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Keep your Xplorer for sure, you already know the car, spend the money to do what it needs. If the motor is good( not smoking and rattling) why rebuild it, only fix what is wrong. I also have a 96 xlt and I have spent money on the things it needs, it's a great car and you've had it along time. Don't get rid of it, fix what's wrong and besides, if you get another one, you'll have a whole bunch of other problems to fix, why start over? Fix her up and keep her happy, she'll treat you well for many more years.
 

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Thanks AA7KN,

I have decided to do just that and have a list of things I want the local mechanic to look at. Will start in the next week or so.

And just in case I got it right - DE KI4KZ
 

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I have a 1996 Explorer 2DR Sport Utility with sun roof, white, we purchased used from a local ford dealer in 1998. It is in service and, while it has issues, it is reasonably reliable. It starts, runs, goes through all the gears. However, at 200,000 miles I was thinking it might be time to do some real re-work.

Oh, I forgot to say the brakes, on occasion, make a funny sound. It sort of comes and goes and is not predictable. The rear brakes I believe.

I was considering taking it to a local mechanic and asking him to sort of give it a once over. Maybe rebuild the engine, transmission, service all the major items, rework the brakes, oh and work on the door closure mechanism, especially the rear door/lift.... Oh and I did have an issue with the right door which a local "mechanic" sort of fixed which will need to be redone (has a different key for that door alone, claimed he could not get the correct part to fix the door lock).

So the question is, keep it and do the work (don't know the price yet) or purchase a replacement (used similar but newer).

The newer vehicle would have many unknowns which would, maybe make it more or less reliable.

Anyway, the question is, what is the possibility of finding a local mechanic that might be able to do what I want and get a reliable outcome.
I have a 1997 Ford Explorer that has 235,000 miles on it....spent a lot on it in the past few years and am having problems again with the engine, starter. I'm wondering if this current issue is worth repairing (not sure of the cost yet), or to say goodbye to it. I love the vehicle, standard transmission and has taken me all over the place, but I have to be practical. Any suggestions as to it's potential in terms of life left?
 

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I have a 1997 Ford Explorer that has 235,000 miles on it....spent a lot on it in the past few years and am having problems again with the engine, starter. I'm wondering if this current issue is worth repairing (not sure of the cost yet), or to say goodbye to it. I love the vehicle, standard transmission and has taken me all over the place, but I have to be practical. Any suggestions as to it's potential in terms of life left?
What shape is the rest of the truck in? Starters aren't that big a deal. Right now used cars are at an inflated price. If it's structurally sound, engine and trans ok, consider the cost to replace (and the unknown problems in the replacement truck) vs. your repairs. Previous poster had a good idea - have a mechanic go over the whole vehicle to evaluate what's right/wrong with it mechanically.
 

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I have a 1997 Ford Explorer that has 235,000 miles on it....spent a lot on it in the past few years and am having problems again with the engine, starter. I'm wondering if this current issue is worth repairing (not sure of the cost yet), or to say goodbye to it. I love the vehicle, standard transmission and has taken me all over the place, but I have to be practical. Any suggestions as to it's potential in terms of life left?
What type of problem are you having with the engine?
 
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