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The second transmission failure in 4 months on our '03 Ford Explorer was the last straw >:(

79,000 miles, owned since new. Air conditioning compressor failed at 65,000, that was good for just under $1,000. Two transmission incidents totaling over $1,000. Rear differential at the beginning of a failure. I'm done.

My first new vehicle ever was a '85 Toyota pickup I drove for 14 years and well over 200,000 miles. A clutch was the most expensive thing I put in it. A 2003 Ford Explorer that I maintained religiously is wheezing at 79,000 miles. Pathetic. I was half tempted to let Ford know my feelings but I think they really couldn't care less. So I let my wallet express my feelings.

I'm confident about the Honda. They were also great people to deal with. Here's to many years of reliable transportation :)

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You will be very satisfied with the Honda.

Incredibly reliable cars.

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My 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac has 214,678 on it as of today. Same transmission, motor, and rear end. Only changed the fluid in each. Five sets of brakes. The A/C went out a couple of months ago. I fixed it myself for just under 500.00. Wiring harness in the steering column went bad last year. I fixed it myself and the parts cost me 63.14. Other than replacing five fog lights due to rocks breaking them over the years that's it.

The only thing currently not working is the overhead temp/gps feature. I'll tear into it next week and find out what's up with it and fix it before the weekend.

I pull my skeeter weekly with it.

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My 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac has 214,678 on it as of today. Same transmission, motor, and rear end. Only changed the fluid in each. Five sets of brakes. The A/C went out a couple of months ago. I fixed it myself for just under 500.00. Wiring harness in the steering column went bad last year. I fixed it myself and the parts cost me 63.14. Other than replacing five fog lights due to rocks breaking them over the years that's it.

The only thing currently not working is the overhead temp/gps feature. I'll tear into it next week and find out what's up with it and fix it before the weekend.

I pull my skeeter weekly with it.

I didn't even mention some of the other nickle/dime stuff that has occurred over the years. The heaviest thing mine ever hauled was a kayak ;D You seem to have had very good luck with yours Jack. Maybe I got the lemon, I don't know. It didn't start to make lemonade until after the warranty expired. I do know that back then my research found mostly positive things about it. Now that time has gone by I see that many others have had similar experiences with theirs.

Anyway, here's wishing you another 200,000+ ;)

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A buddy of mine has an '03 Explorer. 3 transmissions and 2 computers.

Toyota is  not without problems. I have a '08 Tundra. My first foriegn car. Bumpers replaced twice due to rust (a plating problem). Radio replaced 3 times (Toyota doesn't make radios, that's why they broke, I was told.) Front differential rebuilt once.(Service advisor said he was unaware of any problems but the mechanic knew what was wrong immediatly) Not to mention the multiple "gas pedal" recalls. Knock on wood, all those repairs were on Toyotas dime. Now they said the inner CV boot is ripped. $400 to repair with an alignment. ::) I have to say I've been driving Ford and Chevy vans for work and Ford and Dodge trucks for personal use for 20 years. Sad to say, even with the problems the Toyota still the best truck I've driven.

Good luck with your Honda

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I own a '99 Honda Civic with 148,000 miles on it and apart from a oxygen sensor going bad and a worn out window regulator (hand cranked windows), I've had to replace nothing except standard wear and tear parts (brake pads, belts, exhaust system).  I did just recently replace the timing belt and water pump but that was just proactive steps to avoid more serious damage later).  Even my battery had 140 thousand miles on it before I deemed it wise to replace (before winter sets in).  You won't regret your decision.

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