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Pros: Towing capacity
Cons: Incessant problem areas: brakes, engine, transmission, suspension, off-road 4x4 system
Advice: Look elsewhere.This has not been the experience of a vehicle supposed to be at this level. Rather, it's what one might have expected of an entry-level econobox - and even then it would be worthy of complaint. ***** The truck has had repeated problems with brakes (go out periodically), engine/transmission (lugs; makes some scary whistles when cold; fails to shift to deliver power), suspension (air suspension failures). Was in for brake problems five times between 29K and 36,800 miles... THEN they found major problems, when it was out of warranty. The number for Lincoln towing is on speed dial in my cell phone, for good reason. - Brakes: since 29K miles, the brakes occasionally become too heavy to push, and the truck fails to decelerate. Now almost 10K miles later, it still happens, despite replacement of just about everything to do with front suspension and braking. - Engine/transmission: Truck, still under 50K miles, sometimes fails to accelerate. Transmission finally does kick down (with pedal almost on the floor)... but drops two gears, making a noise and little else before upshifting. Makes pulling out to pass an excercise in the game of 'chicken'. - Air suspension: check suspension comes on periodically - a 'do not drive' condition in this truck. Dealerships have just reset the light. Once, a tech thought we had a ton of extra weight in the back, based on the angle the truck took, only to see the back was empty. Again, they just turned the light off. - Minor items: - HVAC heats until apparently reaching too high a temperature, then blows frigid air to compensate. - Heated/Cooled seats going out - they're very nice for my wife's hernieated discs, but they're getting weaker with age. ***** We chose the truck in part for its being 4wd - a big plus in upstate NY. My wife won't drive it in snow, though, because it acts as rwd until sensing slip... then it's already sideways. It's like driving a very tall 1987 Ford Country Squire station wagon, except it *can* be put in 4x4 mode. In that condition, which cannot be used on dry pavement, all four wheels turn at the same rate. So when the roads are REALLY bad, it's great. As soon as some plowing or salting occurs, it has to go back in A4WD, its normal mode, where it's RWD by default. ***** The (many) service departments we've been to have been consistently incompetent; the loaner cars (provided only on sufficient complaining) have been substandard: Focus, Neon, Escort (which died at traffic lights), Mountaineer (which died due to failed brake switch leaving brake lights on), Sable (with water puddles inside), and LS (which was nice, but too little too late). ***** So in short, go elsewhere. Don't get one of these and pay through the nose each month so the service department can drive your car.
Pros: the flip down tv
Cons: Thrid row seat
Advice: If U buy one 'please don't talk about the gas'When this truck first came out I did not like it untill last week I drove one! I had my heart set on a Cad (escalde) but once I drove it 'I went on and brought it and Let me tell ya its loaded.
Cons: CENTER CONSOL TAKES UP TOO MUCH ROOM
Advice: TRY THR EXPEDITION FIRSTBIG POWERFULL AND GENERALLY SPACIOUS ALTHOUGH CENTER CONSOLE TAKES UP A LOT OF HIP ROOM. DETAIL ITEMS; DOOR FIT,PAINT ETC DOESN'T MATCH UP TO HIGH STANDARD IMPORTS