Even though it has been a few years now, I feel the need to share my story for the 1998 Expedition that my family owned.
Back in 2007, Mom decided she was done owning Windstars and wanted something different that would fit the family. Dad wanted something that was 4×4 so we could go on some of the back roads in the area. We decided on a very clean Red, Eddie Bower, Expedition that, at the time only had 154,xxx on its 5.4L. (I know that the Ford dealer was very happy to sell us a SUV because gas was the highest the town has ever seen.) What made this really cool is that this was the first vehicle we had ever owned with a moon roof.
I also learned how to drive in it.
In the winter of 2010, my dad and I were coming back from Snow Haven tubing hill when we hit black ice on the highway. Sliding off the road, the Expidition went sideways and rolled 2.5 times. It was after we stopped rolling that we realized that we were on our side. In fact, I thought we just hit the snow bank and popped over it. Thankfully the moon roof bused and made a perfect exit.
When the responding officer showed up (in a 2008 F-150) even he was impressed the now body was hurt. We didn\’t even get cuts from the broken windows. We have since replaced that Expedition with another Blue, Eddie Bower, 1999. Sadly this one has no moon roof but its just as reliable as the last one.
If anyone was in the SUV market I would tell them to go get a Expedition. Safe, Reliable, and comfortable. Its kind of a bummer that Ford made the moon roof a option because in my family it feels more like a safety feature.
(I just used a stock Photo, unable to show pictures from the accident)