My old Explorer Limited was very luxurious when it was new. Power leather memory seats, moonroof, JBL audio, air suspension, electronic vehicle control system, installed handsfree phone, nice plush carpeting, power everything. The Limited had body colored bumpers and trim, special wheels, special seats, gathered leather seating, contrasting seat piping, it was a nice truck. As luxurious or moreso than a ZJ or WJ of the era, as expensive or moreso. If it weren't for the popularity of the Explorer, the modern midsized SUV wouldn't exist. Remember...they sold 500k Explorers a year at the height, unquestionably the #1 selling SUV...period...Jeep never crossed 250k with the GC. Theres no question the GC has remained popular and relevant while the Explorer struggled after 2001, but that doesn't change the fact that the Explorer popularized this segment.
You'd loose that bet. I still see tons of 95-01 Explorers on the road, and a lot of 90-94 Explorers. I see more old Explorers than I do ZJs. Like I said, mines still in the family at 210k miles. Check out the online forums, tons of enthusiastic Explorer owners. The transmission sucked on the 90-97 V6 Explorers, especially the 90-94. Ive never heard of any reports of spark plugs being spit out of the heads, although we had that happen on an 87 Aerostar van. Ford recalled them for fire risks because of a cruise control module, but I've never seen a case of one catching fire.
Should we list all the common problems on the WJ? Plenty of them as well. How about the fact that if you rear end a WJ it explodes? Thats as ridiculous a statement as what you're saying about the Explorer.
This is the WK2 forum, if you want to enthuse about the WJ go to that forum. I'm not coming in there ramming my opinion down anybody's throat, I made a comment about previous GC generations as pertains to the WK2 in the WK2 FORUM
Originally Posted by fin1211
We can fight about this all day, all I can say is I love love love my wj, and I think the wk is one of the uglier cars on the road.
Thats great, I'm glad you love your WJ, but making the statement that it drives better than a new Mercedes ML is ridiculous. Why don't you say it drives better than a Porsche Cayenne too? It doesn't. Its a bouncy, poorly riding, poorly handling live axled truck, while the ML has an independent suspension, smooth and solid modern SUV. To say the WJ would drive better than an ML on the road is fanboy nonsense, like I said. No objective person would come to that conclusion.
You can love your WJ and still look at things objectively. All these modern SUVs are exponentially better riding and handling than any vehicle of the WJ's era.