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Junkyard Gem: 1991 Mazda Navajo

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Noting how American Motors and Chrysler made big money putting ex-sedan and wagon drivers into the new XJ Cherokee in the late 1980s, Ford built a suburban-focused car based on off-the-shelf Ranger powertrains and suspension components. I was busy designing an SUV. . this is. . .was Explorerdebuted in the 1991 model year and sparked the boom in commuter truck growth in the 1990s that continues to this day. We all know that the ’91 Explorer stood out in the history of American automotive history, but do you remember Mazda selling a badge-designed version for a few years? His one of the rare trucks found. Denver Self-Serve Yard soon.

Ford had a close relationship with Mazda when this truck was being designed. In fact, from 1972 to 1982, Ford sold his Mazda pickups with his Courier badge on them. Built Festiva, the second Aspire. Even the divine Mustang nearly became the Mazda MX-6 sibling (which eventually got Probe his badge). 1991 may have been his Mazda’s year at its peak at Dearborn. brand new escort Moving to the 323/Protegé platform, Mercury dealers debuted the Australian-built Capri on Mazda hardware.

Now that all the Mazda hardware has been put into Ford, it’s time for Ford to get the Mazda badge (which Japanese car shoppers could buy). 13B rotary large GM sedan with Mazda Roadpacer badge several years in the 1970s).Mazda had just spent a fortune on development MPV minivan It was meant for the North American market and didn’t have enough headroom to design a new truck to compete with the Cherokee (not to mention the chicken tax applied to SUVs imported since 1989). If built on our shores, it would sell cheaper here.

That’s why Mazda signed a deal to badge the Kentucky-built Explorer with a different grille, taillights and wheels. Perhaps to make the comparison with the Jeep his Cherokee more clear, native american country assigned to this track.

Unfortunately for Mazda, Ford did not allow the 5-door Explorer to be marketed as a Navajo. At the time, the main reason Americans fell in love with his SUV was the desire to replace Squaresville sedans, minivans and wagons with rugged-looking trucks that could comfortably take a family to the mall. did. Navajo sales were never great.Mazda gave up on the Navajo after selling just over 40,000 1994 onwardsIt ceded the North American SUV market to competitors until the 2000 Mazda Tribute (renamed Ford Escape) came along.

All Explorers and Navajos built up to 1995 came with German pushrods Cologne V6 Gives this truck something in common under the hood 1970s Ford CapriIt had a displacement of 4.0 liters and was rated at 155 hp.

Believe it or not, some early Explorers and Navajo buyers No “Upgrade” to an automatic transmission. The original purchaser of this truck (who may have been in Canada as the manufacturing tag shows a Canadian sales office code) was based. 5th floor manualmade by Mazda.

Ford had to give up building the Explorer with a manual transmission until the 21st century.

In 1991, the Navajo was 4×4 only. A rear-wheel drive version is available for model years from 1992 to his 1994.

The Explorer was essentially a truck, with the Ranger’s body-on-frame chassis design. This was meant to be a thirstier, rougher ride than his XJ Cherokee on a unibody. What did Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 do to fuel prices? 1979 Iranian Revolution When 1973 Yom Kippur War is overThe SUV boom might not have happened and the Explorer would have become a footnote in automotive history.As it stands, gas remained pretty cheap and commuter truck shoppers didn’t mind the single-digit fuel economy penalty. In the fall of 1990, the 1965 Impala was given the 350 instead of the 454.However gas pipe childhood We tend to be cautious.

How many miles was this when you retired? Ford hadn’t moved to five-digit odometers by 1991 for his entire model range yet, so we’ll never know.

i learned it TRUE long mileage vehicle at the junkyard tend to look pretty nicebecause 500,000 miles is pass under the tire If you are not paying close attention to your ride quality. This interior of this one is pretty rough, but not completely discarded.

The replacement of the plastic and tape windows and the graffiti on the hood is the last owner of this car Already knew They became the final owners and refused to invest extra money in its upkeep.

The roof rack and gas can mounts are reminiscent of decades of off-road adventures in the Rocky Mountains.

I’m getting to the point where I’m having trouble finding a car in my Front Range boneyard in Colorado. please do not have cannabis business related stickers. Those other states are legalize it All they want, but Colorado was first!

now this A commercial that makes you shiver! The Navajo were cracked down in court, chasing companies with this sort of thing recently.

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