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Car hunting and the 2005 Ford Explorer XLT

August 18th, 2009 3 comments

Maria and I had been a one-car-family for over a year now, but that all changed this past weekend. Late 2007 my former whip, a 1992 Acura Intergra became increasingly unstable and eventually died.  Having stuggled with only one car to make it to work, conflicting appointments and events we decided it was time to upgrade the Straatsma family line of cars. Before we began the long search we sat down and made a list of requirements and a secondary wish list of ‘dream features’. Here is the final list:

Requirements:

  • Some form of traction control for winter driving
  • Significantly More storage space than the Camry
  • Medium to Large size with a high safety rating
  • Comfortable seating for at least 5
  • General Hotness

Wish List:

  • All-Wheel or 4-Wheel Drive
  • Crossover or SUV
  • Decent Fuel Efficiency (20+ City and 24+ highway MPG )

We initially started looking at the Buick Rendezvous but decided that they were a little overpriced and the selection was not that good. That’s when we stumbled across the Ford Explorer at a local dealer. We initially looked at a black 2002 and Silver Birch 2005. Amazingly the 2002 had less millage than that 2005. However, not only was the 2005 Explorer in better shape it also had AdvanceTrac traction control and a better gas millage all while costing less than the 2002.

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