The pros and one con of owning a previously owned Ford Explorer as a family vehicle.
Overall, our family is pleased with our Ford Explorer. We didn't buy it brand new and drive it off the lot; instead we settled ourselves into a previously broken-in vehicle. This was years ago. The preowned vehicle has been kind to us. We've had to put money into the Explorer here and there for mechanical maintenance such as oil changes, new tires, new battery, etc. But besides the everyday vehicle maintenance and occasional tune up, we haven't had to put too much into keeping "ole Betsy" alive and purring. We had our vehicle side swiped in 2014 and thought she was a goner. However, much to our delight, the Explorer functions just the same. There's a large dent in the exterior of the driver side door and the door itself sits slightly askew, but the accident had absolutely no impact on the vehicles functionality. This makes me feel pretty safe out on the road these days. I'm confident that if we were to collide with another vehicle on the road somewhere that we would be in good shape afterwards. Now with all of that said, my only real complaint regarding the Explorer is regarding our gas mileage.