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Old 09-22-2016, 01:44 PM   #11
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It does have the IRS. The wheel hub bearings started making excessive noise (loud humming), so I took it in before they actually failed.

I appreciate the responses. Sounds like it was most likely a random failure (B10 life, as Jim mentioned) and not something definitely caused by towing. Now that both hubs have been replaced, it'll be interesting to see how much life I get out of them. I definitely don't plan on towing any less than I do now.
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I worked for 2 dealerships and a manufacturer. They gave me "Demonstrator" or "Executive" cars and trucks. All of us who had them drove them like we stole them. Just like rental cars, we beat them just for the fun of it. Being an SUV, it's quite possible that it was used to trailer a boat, or driven off-road through water crossings.
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My wife has an explorer and we have changed the wheel bearings several times in its lifetime. It is a weak area with many manufacturers as there is no way to grease them.
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I worked for 2 dealerships and a manufacturer. They gave me "Demonstrator" or "Executive" cars and trucks. All of us who had them drove them like we stole them. Just like rental cars, we beat them just for the fun of it. Being an SUV, it's quite possible that it was used to trailer a boat, or driven off-road through water crossings.
Could not agree more. We had new (at the time) Demo Suburban. We were asked to go and get a fellow employee and his family. Who were snowed in and had lost power not to restored for days. Anyway we had this thing in the air many times while busting thru snow drifts. We put in a ditch, up on a tree stump. We had a blast in this truck but beat it up good. Did some repairs and put on the sales lot. It sold quickly poor new owner had no clue what had happened. For that matter, dealer owner didn't either. I don't believe I will ever buy a "demo" regardless of price.
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I worked for 2 dealerships and a manufacturer. They gave me "Demonstrator" or "Executive" cars and trucks. All of us who had them drove them like we stole them. Just like rental cars, we beat them just for the fun of it. Being an SUV, it's quite possible that it was used to trailer a boat, or driven off-road through water crossings.
That's my assumption about how it was driven. When we were first looking at it, it wasn't "Ford Certified". We insisted that they certify it in order to get the extra warranty coverage. We did get a very good deal on it also.
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