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Wife's 2020 Explorer ST

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Background: It is kind of funny how we ended but getting this. We recently added to our family and with us both having cars at the time with a 60 pound pup, we knew we had to get into something bigger for future trips. The explorer really wasn't on our radar at all. We drove a xlt and platinum, decided the size was perfect but it just wasn't the vehicle we really wanted. We really were down to a Mazda CX-9 to hold us over until the CX-90 came out in a few years or a Toyota Highlander for the gas mileage. When we spotted this on the lot, it looked great, had the size. With her coming from a 2014 Mazda6, the infotainment was an upgrade along with the headed seats and steering wheel. The bigger motor helped... The Explorer ST is somewhat its own class of performance compared to all the other three rows. Both my wife and I know cars and wanted a step up in performance and it to be somewhat luxurious. Having a newborn, we knew going in, this will take some abuse in the coming years, all in all it was the perfect step up. We came home that day it. Hoping to keep this up t date with mods and life of the vehicle.

SUV: 2020 Explorer ST - 13,500 miles. 6/17/2022
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Plans: A few tasteful mods to add while not getting out of hand :cool:

Oil Change Tracker:
6/1/22 - 13,500 - Dealership said oil was changed once they received it (not trusting)
6/25/22 -13,800 - Mobil 1 5W-30 - Purolator Filter.

Mods: Stock
 

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Background: It is kind of funny how we ended but getting this. We recently added to our family and with us both having cars at the time with a 60 pound pup, we knew we had to get into something bigger for future trips. The explorer really wasn't on our radar at all. We drove a xlt and platinum, decided the size was perfect but it just wasn't the vehicle we really wanted. We really were down to a Mazda CX-9 to hold us over until the CX-90 came out in a few years or a Toyota Highlander for the gas mileage. When we spotted this on the lot, it looked great, had the size. With her coming from a 2014 Mazda6, the infotainment was an upgrade along with the headed seats and steering wheel. The bigger motor helped... The Explorer ST is somewhat its own class of performance compared to all the other three rows. Both my wife and I know cars and wanted a step up in performance and it to be somewhat luxurious. Having a newborn, we knew going in, this will take some abuse in the coming years, all in all it was the perfect step up. We came home that day it. Hoping to keep this up t date with mods and life of the vehicle.

SUV: 2020 Explorer ST - 13,500 miles. 6/17/2022
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Plans: A few tasteful mods to add while not getting out of hand :cool:

Oil Change Tracker:
6/1/22 - 13,500 - Dealership said oil was changed once they received it (not trusting)

Mods: Stock
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Just wrapped up the first oil change, it’s not that I don’t trust the dealership, I really wanted to do it myself and see the process. I have been using Mobil 1 oil and purolator filters since I can remember. My father has used these brands years without issue on all sorts of vehicles. I have followed in his footsteps. Honestly this might of been the most annoying oil change I have done in sometime (doesn’t help I’m not the tallest guy) just due to placement of things. The Focus ST has a way more annoying bottom tray than the explorer does, it was more so the placement of the filter, oil cap and dipstick


Some Notes/Questions:
These motors get hotttt I couldn’t believe it how hot that filter was from just driving around a bit to get the oil up to temp.

I actually don’t mind the plastic oil plug… its nice not cursing like a sailor when the dealer over tightens the bolt. That being said, a tad nervous how it will last over the life of services… is there a replacement cycle on these?

Has anyone lifted their ST on a quickjack? I’m assuming I might need to get the extension to feel safe under it. I have the 5,000lb unit, any experience would be appreciated.

We have a trip next week to cape cod which will be a nice mileage test and comfort test. Now if I can convince the wife just because we don’t have a sedan anymore doesn’t mean we can pack everything
 

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First aesthetic mod was something simple/ OEM+. The wifey wanted to match my Focus ST so, white it is. I went with "reflective white" for hers.. The vinyl fits as close to perfect as you can ask for.
Some detail spray, a shakey hand and taking my time, it was done in 5 minutes.
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Next up is the catch can, stay tuned!
 

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