View Full Version : Ford Explorer Sport Trac?

04-14-2004, 12:47 AM
I was looking into buying a ford explorer sport trac.. are they any good? i know they just came out with them, but maby some of you will know. I would like it to haul my new 6x12 enclosed trailer. Thanks!

04-14-2004, 12:50 AM
i think it will haul a 6X12 trailer fine but if you plan on ever expanding I would go with a F-150. Gas won't be much more and neither will the truck.

04-14-2004, 01:51 AM
I had a 2001 Sport Trac for just over a year. I just traded it in last week for a F-350. I purchased a 6 x 16 open trailer, and the V6 in the sport trac couldnt handle it. I pulled the trailer 1 day for mowing...then traded it in the same week. Gas mileage was not very good either. I would highly recommend getting a V8. Plus, a pickup truck with full size bed is better for business in case you deliver mulch, etc...
Just my opinion...hope it helps.


04-14-2004, 11:20 AM
i have a ford explorer the GAS MILEAGE SUCKS! i have a 6x12 also and i can suck alot of gas when it is hitched up. the 4.0 liter engine is a gas guzzling pig. the thing that worries me is the abuse the tranny takes also you'll go through brakes more if you don't have trailor brakes. dont get the sport trac! i regret not buying a truck every day!

04-14-2004, 01:14 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the post. I guess maby i shouln't get it. I wanted to get a 4 door pick up that i can use every day.. any suggestions?

04-14-2004, 02:23 PM
Get a ford f150 crew cab, still has 4 doors just like the sport track but much bigger. You can get 2 different size V8's in there, the 4.6 or the 5.4. The 4.6 is now the most common seller but I perfer the bigger one, the 5.4. I've never had any troubles with my f-150's and one (1993) is getting ready to hit 300,000 miles.

04-14-2004, 11:44 PM
I agree with ECM Lawn--F150 or bigger. Buy a used one, alot out there. Extended cab with fold out doors for backseat passengers. Full size bed if possible. I just got a 2001 F-350 with 5.4 motor. Pulls the trailer like it was nothing. Gas mileage is not much worse than sport trac and I now have alot more room.
Good luck.

05-03-2004, 11:39 AM
I have a 1-ton Dodge dually 5 spd 4wd... I wouldn't trade it for anything! I can pull anything from a 16' trailer loaded with my equipment to a 30' gooseneck loaded with a 50 hp Ford tractor, and it runs on diesel so gas mileage is great. My suggestion is to purchase at least a 3/4 ton truck. Trust me... you'll thank me later. :)

05-07-2004, 09:52 AM
If you are going to be towing a load, definitely get the big truck. They're a lot more stable, and fuel usage will be about the same.

I have a Ford Ranger, which is essentially the same as the sport trac, with the same 4.0 V6, and the mileage with no load is nothing to brag about. Nice little truck, easy to park, very reliable, but not much when it comes to towing. Glad I kept my old F150.

06-03-2004, 03:25 PM
I have a '99 Explorer and I get about 15 mpg towing a trailer with my 4.0 liter V6. If I had a chance to get something else, it would have to be the new Ford F-150.

06-03-2004, 03:43 PM
For LC only, why not a Van? They are cheap, you can find F250's and F350's vans that can haul anything plus, everything is enclosed for hiding various tools.

Use an enclosed small trailer and the rig is pretty safe.
Look for an used cared for Church van and you would probally have a decent rig.

Just a thought..

12-17-2010, 03:30 PM
I was looking into buying a ford explorer sport trac.. are they any good? i know they just came out with them, but maby some of you will know. I would like it to haul my new 6x12 enclosed trailer. Thanks!

I got one , ive had it for like 3-4 weeks , cant complain , it is an 03 with 99k miles im the 3 owner , i cant complain , ima post some pics tonight

Puddle of Oil
12-17-2010, 04:23 PM
This is six years old.

Capemay Eagle
12-17-2010, 05:54 PM
this is six years old.lol>>>>>>>>>>

12-17-2010, 11:35 PM
Holy Smokes! this is an old thread! THANK GOD i didnt go and buy that. Since then i've had, and still have a chevy 1500 that i started out with and two 2500hd's. All great choices.

12-19-2010, 07:07 AM
Sprot tracks are good transportion. Not the best for lawn care or landscapers. For a the average homeowner just ducky.

For the average LCO a half ton unless you plan to really upgrade. A 1 ton to pull a 6x10 might be overkill. A 16 foot with 3 or 4 larger mowers it makes sense.

12-23-2010, 03:26 AM
buying a "sport trash" to run a lawn biz and pulling an enclosed trailer, well thats just setting yourself up for failure.

there is a reason that 99% of lawn guys use Trucks.

just get a crew cab truck and save yourself the uselessness of a sport trash...