Ok, I've been looking for a cheap SUV to get for a daily driver. I found a deal that may be too good to pass up. A co-worker is selling a 1995 Ford Explorer XL 4x4. It has about 98k miles on it. It's 4dr, automatic, power everything, full leather, BFG tires, and in pretty good shape. On a scale of 1 to 10, i'd say it's a 7. I can pick this up for $3500. Blue book on it is around $4800 or so. Here is what I found. The ac works, but it's barely cool. It's R134 so hopefully just a recharge will help. The lady i'm getting it from said it blows pretty cold in the mornings and cool evenings, so i'm thinking either a recharge or evaperator. The engine temp gauge didn't work at all. It never moved. It stayed all the way down on cold the whole time. The engine doesn't seem to be running hot though. I popped the hood and it wasn't any hotter then a normal motor after being ran for 30 minutes. The ran was on and working. Coolant temp sensor maybe? Would that have anything to do with the ac? When braking, there seemed to be some good clunking and creaking noises from the front end. I'm thinking maybe just some worn out bushings or even normal noises. The suspension as a whole did seem to be pretty noisy. Is that pretty normal on the 4x4 explorers? The interior was in pretty good shape. A few tears and stains, but it's a 95. I'm not too concerned about all that. So what do you think. Still worth $3500? Also does anyone know any good explorer forums where I can do some research on the truck? What is the biggest size tire I can put on there without lifting it any? Is there any way to run the engine codes and see if there are any codes that pop up? Thanks in advance for the help.