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Pros: That I purchased the extended warranty.
Cons: The exhaust and transmission problems
Advice: Don't do it!!!I have owned this vehicle for 10 months. To date it has had the exhaust completly replaced two times. It is currently in the shop to have the transmission worked on, for the second time. The interior door panel has been replaced twice thus far. The cruise control went out 4 months after I purchased it. The molding on the drivers side doors both fell off. Overall a horrible expierence with Ford, and the dealership. Never again.
Pros: four doors, and rear seat
Cons: the ride and the poor build quality
Advice: RUN LIKE HELL!I purchased my 2004 Sport-Trac new in April of 2004, the paint started peeling off the hood less than a month later, dealership was very reluctant to repair. The vehicle has an excessive amount of body flex, and more creaks and rattles than a 62 Rambler! It is now back in the shop for the second time for a transmission repair, and leak, plush bad bushings on the front suspension. The paint is from hell, a sneeze will scatch it down to the primer. If i had know about the the Honda Ridgeview I would have waited! what a disapoinment!
Pros: The rear window and flat cargo area in the back seating area
Cons: Placement of the turn signal control (too low)
Advice: Don't skip out on the radio; get the Pioneer... and get a sunroof.The Sportrac is a GREAT compromise between a family car and a truck; especially for traveling. It has a comfortable ride, it gets good gas mileage on the highway, and it is relatively quiet inside at higher speeds (70-80 MPH). In 4WD it does exceptionally well in the snow; GREAT ski mountain vehicle. I have had a few warranty related issues since I bought mine but once those bugs were worked out the maintenance has been uneventful
Pros: Back Seat
Cons: Turning radius and clearance
Advice: Buy It - Get the 4 wheel drive.I love this vehicle. I have had a Dodge Dakota, Jeep Cherokee, and a Ford Ranger FX4. The vehicle is a great combination of everything that I wanted. I have the 4 wheel drive XLT with the sprort group. I love the no carpet flooring, and the composite bed. I also love the fact that this vehicle is not too big to fit in my garage with my other stuff. The backseat has tons of room for my two dogs. The ride is smooth. I don't care what the reviews say about the ride, and the rather outdated platform. I don't drive a pickup as though I was in my wife's Audi - I don't understand all the hubbub about the 'cornering and rollover' of such vehicles. If you drive like you had good sense such things are not a consideration when judging this type of vehicle. No vehicle on the highway can 'do it all'. The Sportrac is a great vehicle if you don't need a sport car when you bought a pickup/suv.
Pros: 4 DOOR
Cons: NOT STICK SHIFT
Advice: CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF NICE!!IT SELLS ITSELF
Pros: back window/hose out interior
Cons: throttle responce
Advice: do your research, get the incentivesafter 8 years of Jeep Grand Cherokee my kids are to the point where I need to haul more stuff that the back of a SUV can hold, and I'm not a fan of the size of Full-size SUV's or crew cab pickups. Only real choice was the Sport Trac, others like it were nearly as large as expeditions/crew cabs, or not large enough for a midwest american family. I could use more throttle response and better shift ratios, but an aftermarket performance chip and KN airfilter will fix that. Super quiet on the highway, almost ot amazement. Get the top of the line XLT premium or Adrenalin, worth the extra $$. Hose out interior!!!!!!!! Awsome
Pros: The power rear window
Cons: the cassette deck/cd player
Advice: get the best, it will be worth itGreat feel, on and off the highway, personally the engine is responsive, but could use a few more horses under the hood. Interior, no complaints, always get compliments on the vehicle overall. I found the best deal with the XLT Premium, and your options open up a whole lot more witht his category.