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Ford Explorer Sport Trac?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Petr51488, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    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!
  2. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    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.
  3. chris28

    chris28 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    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.

  4. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    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!
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    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?
  6. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    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.
  7. chris28

    chris28 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    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.
  8. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    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. :)
  9. TrapperJohn

    TrapperJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    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.
  10. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    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.

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