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1991 Navajo; 95000 mi, recovered stolen veh, broken dash.

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1991 Navajo; 95000 mi, recovered stolen veh, broken dash. runs. How is this engine? tranny? towing capasity? thinking of getting this for a new teen age driver. needs to be durable and safe.

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Your Navajo is basically an Explorer. Actually it is. Any way, they are pretty reliable. I would make sure the Trans was flushed and filter kit replaced if the fluid was any color than pink, and replace the coolant and thermostat. If any of the hoses say Motorcraft, Mazda or are bulged at the ends by the clamps, replace them all. You may also want to drain and fill all the differentials and transfrecase if it is a 4x4.

 

The 4 liter engine is good; however you did not mention mileage. If it is nearing 200K, you may be in for chains and tensioners... not an inexpensive job.

 

Towing, Edmund's wrote an article stating "For those who actually used these vehicles for some of their intended purposes, 4WD Explorers came with a Low range for serious off-road duty. And towing capacity was rated at up to 5,600 pounds, depending on the model and choice of equipment." Read the attached link {full article} it depended on what equipment/options you have.

 

http://www.edmunds.com/mazda/navajo/history.html

 

 

Here is a run down of the truck.

http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/1991-to-1994-mazda-navajo-6.htm

 

Hope this helps you make a decision.

 

Scott.

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