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Re: Had an encounter with an Explorer Sport

last year aviator was 2007 i think and it was basically a fancy explorer, was a 4x4 i believe. probably awd

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But imho...give me a jeep srt anyday...in any weather situation over an aviator. Do they even build those any longer? Wasnt it a ford escape? Fwd based?

It was a 2004 and was quite nice for the time. It was explorer based but shared very few components, which made it cost prohibitive to continue when Lincoln began its identity crisis. It featured the 4.6 DOHC from the Mach I, better steering, aluminum control arms, and a nice AWD set up. They stopped making them in 2006. Had the SRT GC existed in 2004, the Aviator would have been its competition.

Don't get me wrong, although some were great cars, a lot of them were riddled with problems. Cylinder heads were known to go around 60k, coils went about every 15k, front hubs went every 30k, and shifters would stop working at around 120k. Also, the thermostat was located on the bottom side of the block and was very difficult to get to. Never try to work on an Aviator unless you want to get cut up everywhere, it was very cramped.

I liked my Aviator, however, it taught me that a warranty is worth its weight in gold. Let's just say that car was the best salesman for a lifetime max care plan I could have run into.
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Ive had my jeep srt in 18" of snow ans went places others couldnt...even lowered. I have rides into my neigjborhood for many..including a local police officer. There is a very steep hill into my neighborhood and there were like 50 cars, trucks and suvs parked at the bottom. I went up without hardly a tire spin...and that was on 22" wheels/tires
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Re: Had an encounter with an Explorer Sport

Jeeps are beasts, maybe it's the stock Pirelli tread design or compound that just didn't work for me. It kinda reminded me of the summer only tires I had on my BMW with just a coating on the ground. Ya six speed rear wheel drive summer only tires that'll work lol. Man I wish I didn't have to swap tires with the change of seasons and I could of put that money somewhere else but it is what it is.


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Re: Had an encounter with an Explorer Sport

Agree, that's why I put off snow tires. Although from what everyone is saying, it may be necessary.
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I think the stock Pirelli is actually a 3 season tire. I ran them through the first snow storm and traction was horrible. I bought a set off Pirelli ice and snow and the difference was night and day. I really had to give it a decent amount of throttle for them to loose traction. If you live where you you get a good amount of snow then a winter set up is a wise and good investment. I'll probably put my 3 season tires back on in mid April
The stock Pirellis are available in 3 Season or All Season. Mine are All Season. In Canada the All Season are standard and I believe the Three Season are optional.
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last year aviator was 2007 i think and it was basically a fancy explorer, was a 4x4 i believe. probably awd
The Aviator was produced from 2003 to 2005 and had the 32V 4.6L V8. It was built off the Explorer platform but had some different suspension components, etc. In the US it was available in RWD or AWD while in Canada it was only available as AWD.
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The stock Pirellis are available in 3 Season or All Season. Mine are All Season. In Canada the All Season are standard and I believe the Three Season are optional.

How are the all seasons in Canada? You get a lot more snow than me in Philly.


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How are the all seasons in Canada? You get a lot more snow than me in Philly.


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Well, as I stated I'm not really impressed with their performance in the snow at all. I've noticed a lot of near new takeoff sets advertised on our local buy and sell website, so I'm guessing others have been equally unimpressed.

We have had a relatively mild winter here in Edmonton (by our standards anyway) but the couple instances I was caught in the snow left much to be desired from the Verde "All" Seasons.
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