She's got the massive 4.2 V6 and a 4 speed auto.
Traded my 97 for her 4 years ago today. Needed a bigger truck to cart the grandkids to camp with us.
Although it is a little underpowered with the V6, It has enough power to pull a 6x12 utility trailer with a golf cart on it and a fully loaded bed and 4 people in it and get 16 mpg doing it. Waiting for Ford to come out with a F150 diesel in 2010.
No Mods, Just keep them running well so they can make it to old age. They will both be paid off within 6 months of each other, so we shall see who gets a new one first. I am holding out till Ford puts a diesel in the F150.
My 2002 Explorer (all-new that year) was one of the first 10,000 built. My only problem in three years was a DPFE valve that only caused a little engine "misfire" at part-throttle. My dealer fixed it in ten minutes, since they have drive-up service with no appointments.
My 2005 Escape (entirely new electrical system and front-end structure that year) was built on the first day of '05 production. I owned it for three years with no problems.
My 2007 Edge has been totally problem-free so far as well. And although the Fusion is in the third year of production, ours is also problem-free so far.
Sounds good JP, I have yet to buy or own a Ford that proves to be a lemon, but Ford's track record with diesels preceeds the new engine. And yes I know they came from Navistar, but it was a Ford design and spec engine that was provided.