Originally Posted by overlanding
So you've had 2 problems in 50k miles? Doesn't sound like a bad start at all to me. My Lexus has had more problems in the first 10k miles.......
Too bad about your Lexus, but that is horrible compared to the 2006 Ford Explorer V8 this Grand Cherokee replaced. In 163,000 miles the Explorer, the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned, only had the following problems:
1) It had a hard downshift to first when coming to a stop. I almost did not bother to take it in, but did so just before the warranty expired. They fixed it. I had the fluid changed a few times after that.
2) The power lock motor on the driver's door failed, but I lock and unlock it many more times per day than most people.
3) It had the rusted brake-shift interlock switch replaced under the recall, and it was starting to fail. The symptom was that it did not want to allow the shifter to be moved from the "park" position.
4) The radiator
and thermostat were replaced. My only complain was that the gauge did not indicate that it was overheating, so I did not understand what was happening when the computer went into engine protection mode and was shutting down the power output! This caused me to take it to the dealer, so the replacement was expensive. Still, I was busy, so I did not have time to do the work.
5) A few months before I sold it, the passenger side front door seemed to have a broken part
in the device on the hinge which allows the door to stay in place when partly open, as it make a bad noise sometimes when opened or closed. It was been a work vehicle, not just a drive to work and then back vehicle, so this is not something I can blame on the design.
6) The left rear wheel speed sensor
ring broke. The new ones are made with more metal, as the originals should have been (a few cents more per vehicle, and they could have charged many dollars more without hurting sales...)
7) It developed an exhaust manifold leak just before I sold it. This is a known problem with the 4.6 V8.