so, I traded old blue to a buddy for a Jeep Cherokee, drove it for about a month and a half... decided to go ahead and subject myself to payments for the first time in 10 or so years, found this beast at a local dealership
2004 Explorer NBX with the 4.6L V8
definitely a change from the MitsiRam, but has all the comforts of being a big gas guzzling road hog.
already missing this forum, finding information on such a hugely produced vehicle has proven to be a pain to say the least.
It is much nicer to drive in bad weather then the blue ever was though.