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Lost explorer

Asked by Phil

I AM considering buying a Ford Explorer to tow a 1600kg caravan around Australia next year. I won't be going off-road with the caravan, but will be doing some trips off-road. I'd be interested to know if the Explorer has any problems.

Answered by CarsGuide

11 Aug 2005 Graham Smith

THE Explorer probably wouldn't be my first choice. I'd opt for a Nissan Patrol, Toyota Landcruiser or Mitsubishi Pajero. But if you're towing only 1600kg I'd consider a smaller four-wheel-drive wagon such as a Pathfinder or a Prado. Even a Subaru Outback would tow your caravan, happily cope with the bush roads you want to go down, and be more comfortable. The Explorer is known to have problems with the auto transmission and the timing chains, which are at the back of the engine and costly to replace if they break.

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