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2017-2019 Explorer, best enginer/transmission

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Looking to replace 2007 Explorer with 262,000 miles.  Which Explorer engine/trans combo is the best to look for?  looking for one with under 40K miles. 

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I think the 5th Generation [2011-2019] is the best Explorer ever in terms of public road behavior. It's the ultimate family SUV. The 2019's [the last year] are the best Gen 5's as Ford quietly corrected some known issues in the final year of production. The best engine during this generation was the transverse mounted 3.5L V6 engines - BUT - those engines also contain a potential problem. The BIG and really only major issue with the 5th Generation Explorers is the internal water pump inside the 3.5L V6's. This means a failure of the internal water pump turns a $200 repair into $2,000+. There are ways to protect the engine from the water pump failure. Routine oil changes with semi-synthetic or full-synthetic oil and coolant flushes every 30,000 miles or 3-years. I owned 4 5th Generation Explorers ['11; '14; '16; '19] and I still own the 2019. We did purchase the extended warranty so at the end of 8 years, I have to ask myself to I want to take the chance with the internal water pump or not. My favorite 5th Gens were/are the 2014 [we got the best gas mileage and it handled the best] and the 2019. We continue to absolutely love our 2019 Explorer. We will do the routine maintenance as described above. But after 8 years, I cannot guarantee that we will keep it due to the internal water pump. Stating that, we like the vehicle so much, we may keep it regardless.

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