Good morning, Is it realistic to get 200,000 miles out of a 2004 explorer used exclusively for highway driving?

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Asked by Jun 09, 2007 at 11:35 AM about the 2004 Ford Explorer

Question type: General

Dear Sirs,

I have a 2004 Ford explorer with 105000 miles on it. I use it exclusively for highway driving and drive maybe 30000 miles per year.
Is it possible with the right care to get it to 200,000 miles before
having to replace ?

Thank you

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I would say yes. I think with the proper care you possibly reach 200,000. I think you can always expect belts and smaller parts to need to be replaced but I think yes.

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Without doubt. I've owned 3 cars lasting over 300,000 miles. Most important is regular oil changes (3000 miles), correct air pressure, park in a garage, and most important...no collisions.

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Yea it's possible as long as ur vehicle is properly maintained. And wearing parts are taken care of before they start affecting others.

2,805

They have a poor history of rear differential failures!

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Absolutely. I owned a '94 that is now closing in on 200k, & currently own a '97 with 165k+ on the clock. The rear differential issues are likely due to rear seals that have fallen into neglect. They should be replaced at about 100k mark unless they show signs of leakage prior to that. It's entirely possible late-model Explorers could have weaker rear differentials than prior models, and if used a lot for towing or to accelerate hard could become stressed to a point of failure.

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Very possible. I purchased three explorers since 1996 and handed all of them down to my children who still drive them. The 95 V^ has a little over 200K with one tranny rebuild. The 99 is approaching 200K with one tranny rebuild. Here is the kicker. The 03 has 65K when I handed it down. Very well maintained vehicle. The engine blew at about 75K sitting on the shop floor when the mechanic asked me to start it to determine where the knock was comming through. I understand the V6 in the 03 had problems with tensioners in the engine and were prone to problems.

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i had a 94 with 220k it was still running strong when i tried to send a rod through it cause i was mad at it cause of a warped pulley it kept breaking belts and i didnt need it but it never blew and it ran hot over and ove about 5 times and kept starting and running..you cant kill them things lol

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my 2004 explorer has 198900 miles and doing great I did have a new trans put it at 170000 miles it is my work horse for trips and work wish they still made them like the 2004 the new ones are smaller interior and exterior : (

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rear diff- RUST-ball joints, and actuator doors are your enemy.other than that and DRIVING STYLE....

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I use fully synthetic oil and a good filter, change every 10k, never had an engine problem. Have gone through 2 trans and a transfer case, replaced rear wheel bearings and seals at 200k. Original trans went at 125K, Certified Rebuilt (junk) only lasted 29k, second used replacement has lasted 90k (it had 100k on it when installed) and is going strong. Replaced transfer case at 175k with used one (had 90k on it) it now has run an additional 75k and is going strong. Truck has 250k, 1994

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I owned a 1998 Ford Explorer XLT and when it reached 300,000M, it was still running. I have given it away—perhaps he sold it to a junkyard. LOL. But I tell you, that truck just won't quit on me, so I quit it. :)

I have a 2004 ford explorer almost at 339,000 original miles . I love this truck. I drive local to save even longer.

I have a 2003 ford explorer sport trac with 241,000 miles. She runs great and looks good. I love my truck, bought her new and plan on keeping her till she dies.

We bought a 2007 Ford Explorer (so called eddie bauer) with one owner, 61K. Since our purchase, we have put about 3K in it for repairs. Fly wheel needed replaced; wheel bearing; all rotors, emergency brake pad; problem with tire sensor; a component was loose over engine compartment; feel its a nickle and dime. Is this a vehicle worth keeping? It still needs alignment and a new exhaust system because a section is rusted out.

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