Our Third

What do you do if you have a 2003 Ford Explorer and you have driven it so much that it has $2800 worth of repairs? Well, the answer is you buy a new one. So my mom bought a 2010 Ford Explorer Limited 4×4 V6. It is our third Explorer. Here is the time line. We had a 1997 Explorer Eddie Bauer 4×4 V8 for five years, then a Windstar, then a 2003 Explorer XLT 4×4 V6, the the Limited. Our 2003 saved me and my mom when someone going 30MPH rear ended us. The only damage was a tiny scratch and dent on the bumper. We bought the 2010 on March 16, 2010 and on April 2, 2010 it has 869.6 miles. Runs great and sounds great. We will continue to buy Fords in the future, and keep our other Ford, which is a 1997 Ford Mustang GT convertible. It has premium sound package, manual transmission, red exterior, a beige interior, and is always garaged. We have had many happy and sad memories with our 97 and 03, but our looking forward to making new one’s with the 2010. To see a picture from the car accident, look for the story called “We Love Our Explorer”, on the Ford Story Website.

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Ford Engineers really need to do a better job designing the 3rd Row Power Fold Seats with a locking mechanism. This has happened to me to many times and when I called Ford to comment I was told I was the first to bring this up.  Below are a few comments from a recent Ford Explorer forum...  I sure wish Ford had installed a switch that disables the 3rd row seat control. I had ours packed for a trip and when I was moving an item it bumped the seat controls and caused the seat to try and fold up on the cargo. Not a happy situation! That's funny- I was thinking exactly the same thing last weekend. We were on our way to the lake and I had a car full of family plus 2 friends for the kids. The third row driver's side seat was flat for storage and filled with stuff, including a cooler full of food. We stopped on the way to fill two 5-gallon gas cans for the boat. As I was wiggling the second can into position, something bumped the seat switch and everything started to move. You can imagine the brief, "Oh, #$%@!" moment when I thought the gas can was going to get folded onto the kid sitting in the third row seat. Fortunately, the resistance sensor stopped the process but I was thinking two things: 1) Those switches need to be recessed and/or relocated. I've bumped them before. 2) I would like a master on/off switch for them. And a third thing pops into mind: If those switches were moved, maybe they could have a storage bin with a door in that panel- that would be great! Yesterday we had a car full of family (kids in the back) and I was moving some items around in the cargo area when I bumped the switch that caused the whole thing to try to collapse. Kids were in the back and the damn thing literally squished them up against the second seats... Tears, screaming all sorts of hell broke loose. Luckily I was able to grab the head rests as they were going over - and literally ripped the whole seat backwards and broke it off the mechanism. This is a big problem, and I demand to know what ford is going to do about it. If it was my wife and not me, who knows how the kids would have got out of there??? This has happened in the past with luggage, but now that kids are involved I think this is a recall issue - very poor design. I commend your ideas on an override switch, but that shouldn't be needed - how about the seats reverse when you simply push the opposite button for which it is trying to do a the time of the issue? Ridiculous and unacceptable engineering. I guess when they dumped Volvo all the safety minds left too huh?!
Needs a 3rd Row Power Seats Disabling / Locking Switch
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