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Why is Ford discontinuing the "real" Explorer and making a new uniframe vehicle that looks like Volvo, the Flex and the Explorer had a baby together. In my opinion it was the only 4X4 on the domestic market that isn't a Truck that was worth a look at for the price. Now with no solid frame it's a large station wagon. Has the Explorer sale diminished that much?
 

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Why is Ford discontinuing the "real" Explorer and making a new uniframe vehicle ...
Ford did a lot of market research and found out what most of us already knew. Most Explorers are "grocery getters" and "kid haulers". About the only off road use they get is driving across the grass at the soccer field to drop of the refreshments.

More importantly, there was no way Ford was going to be able to built a body-on-frame vehicle that would meet future fuel economy standards. Rumor is, at least on version of the unibody Explorer will exceed 30 mpg highway.

Sure the die hards will go buy a Jeep, but I think 95% of the current Explorer owners will never notice the difference.
 

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The fact that we cant buy new X's is just more incentive for us to take care of our old rigs and keep them on the roads and trails.
 

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Personally, I am looking forward to the new Explorer coming out in mid November. It is what I have been looking for, but didn't like what I saw with most of the GMs and foreign models. If the new Explorer is what all the hype is making it out to be, it will probably be my next vehicle.
 

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In the market for a new to me but used explorer. Have had 2 - a 1991 and 1996. Both were diehards. My '96 is now giving up on me. Anyway, I thought ford already changed the frame. What year is the last year they made the ford with the sturdy frame. Thats what I want and will look for that or a year older.

Thanks
 
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