The Truth About Cars » Explorer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:30:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Explorer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: Dodging the Grand Wagoneer’s Destiny? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-dodging-grand-wagoneers-destiny/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/piston-slap-dodging-grand-wagoneers-destiny/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1250081 Shandor writes: I used to have an ’84 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. When it died, I replaced it with a new ’99 Dodge Durango. It seemed to be a fairly solid, updated replacement for the Wagoneer. My mechanic, who was a master Jeep mechanic, said that Chrysler came up with the Durango to fill the gap in […]

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Shandor writes: I used to have an ’84 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. When it died, I replaced it with a new ’99 Dodge Durango. It seemed to be a fairly solid, updated replacement for the Wagoneer. My mechanic, who was a master Jeep mechanic, said that Chrysler came up with the Durango to fill the gap in […]

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Let’s Break Down The Ford Ranger and Bronco Rumors, Shall We? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/lets-break-ford-ranger-bronco-rumors-shall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/lets-break-ford-ranger-bronco-rumors-shall/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1153297 News today that the Ford Ranger pickup and Bronco utility could return to the United States and Canada is being met by very enthusiastic ears, including yours truly. According to multiple outlets, the two vehicles could be built at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant, the same plant that will lose Focus and C-MAX production to Mexico in 2018. […]

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News today that the Ford Ranger pickup and Bronco utility could return to the United States and Canada is being met by very enthusiastic ears, including yours truly. According to multiple outlets, the two vehicles could be built at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant, the same plant that will lose Focus and C-MAX production to Mexico in 2018. […]

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Add Bronco To Today’s Ranger Return Rumor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/add-bronco-todays-ranger-return-rumor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/add-bronco-todays-ranger-return-rumor/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1153329 Ford may bring back the Bronco name as a Ranger-based SUV if production returns to the U.S. in 2018, Bloomberg is reporting. The Bronco would be based on a mid-sized pickup frame, unlike the current Explorer. A Bronco could be targeted at Jeep, either Grand Cherokee — or Wrangler. Ford ended production of its Bronco in 1996. […]

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Ford may bring back the Bronco name as a Ranger-based SUV if production returns to the U.S. in 2018, Bloomberg is reporting. The Bronco would be based on a mid-sized pickup frame, unlike the current Explorer. A Bronco could be targeted at Jeep, either Grand Cherokee — or Wrangler. Ford ended production of its Bronco in 1996. […]

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Lincoln MKS Axed, Continental To Be Assembled Elsewhere http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/lincoln-mks-axed-continental-to-be-assembled-elsewhere/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/lincoln-mks-axed-continental-to-be-assembled-elsewhere/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1091761 The 2016 Lincoln MKS will be the last of its kind, as the brand will cease production when the calendar rolls over. Parent company Ford gave a statement on the matter, USA Today reports, which reads as follows: Chicago Assembly Plant is vital to our global manufacturing footprint and will continue to manufacture the Ford […]

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The 2016 Lincoln MKS will be the last of its kind, as the brand will cease production when the calendar rolls over. Parent company Ford gave a statement on the matter, USA Today reports, which reads as follows: Chicago Assembly Plant is vital to our global manufacturing footprint and will continue to manufacture the Ford […]

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Could Aviator, Not Continental, Begin the End of Lincoln’s Alphabet Soup Naming Scheme? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/could-aviator-not-continental-begin-the-end-of-lincolns-alphabet-soup-naming-scheme/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/could-aviator-not-continental-begin-the-end-of-lincolns-alphabet-soup-naming-scheme/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:46:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1084433 Updated with statement from Lincoln at bottom. If rumors prove true, Lincoln could end its love affair with MK alphabet soup names with a new Aviator based upon the new Ford Explorer. According to a second-hand source, TTAC has been told Ford engineers are working on a project internally called ‘Aviator’ based on the new Explorer. The source also stated […]

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Updated with statement from Lincoln at bottom. If rumors prove true, Lincoln could end its love affair with MK alphabet soup names with a new Aviator based upon the new Ford Explorer. According to a second-hand source, TTAC has been told Ford engineers are working on a project internally called ‘Aviator’ based on the new Explorer. The source also stated […]

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2015 Ford Explorer Limited Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-ford-explorer-limited-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2015-ford-explorer-limited-rental-review/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 14:35:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072858 I’ll put the pedal to the flo-ah/of my two-tone Ford Exploh-ah You know how it’s done. – Ice Cube, Down For Whatever The great O’Shea Jackson penned that lyric in 1993, and I know exactly what Ford Explorer he meant. Back in the day, the Explorer Sport was a three-door SUV that could be bought […]

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I’ll put the pedal to the flo-ah/of my two-tone Ford Exploh-ah You know how it’s done. – Ice Cube, Down For Whatever The great O’Shea Jackson penned that lyric in 1993, and I know exactly what Ford Explorer he meant. Back in the day, the Explorer Sport was a three-door SUV that could be bought […]

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Future Ford Explorers, Expeditions Could Wear All-Aluminium Bodies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/future-ford-explorers-expeditions-could-wear-all-aluminium-bodies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/future-ford-explorers-expeditions-could-wear-all-aluminium-bodies/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:36:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=793281 As previously reported by TTAC earlier this year, future Ford Explorers and Expeditions could one day wear aluminium bodies. Edmunds reports the SUVs could easily go aluminium should Ford decided to do so based on the higher base prices of both vehicles being able to sustain the higher cost of the metal. The Explorer and […]

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As previously reported by TTAC earlier this year, future Ford Explorers and Expeditions could one day wear aluminium bodies. Edmunds reports the SUVs could easily go aluminium should Ford decided to do so based on the higher base prices of both vehicles being able to sustain the higher cost of the metal. The Explorer and […]

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Holy Explorer – 2006 Ford Explorer Capsule Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/holy-explorer-2006-ford-explorer-capsule-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/holy-explorer-2006-ford-explorer-capsule-review/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:14:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498983 For the past two weeks, Your Man in Abu Dhabi is now Your Man in Amman. Being the Best and Brightest, you already know Amman is in Jordan and in addition to being the capital, it is the most populous city is the country.  It is also one of the oldest cities in the world. […]

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For the past two weeks, Your Man in Abu Dhabi is now Your Man in Amman. Being the Best and Brightest, you already know Amman is in Jordan and in addition to being the capital, it is the most populous city is the country.  It is also one of the oldest cities in the world. […]

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Monday Mileage Champion: 2000 Ford Explorer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/monday-mileage-champion-2000-ford-explorer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/monday-mileage-champion-2000-ford-explorer/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462928 Every classic Mercedes enthusiast and their antique mother will brag about the longevity of their ride. Then you have the Camrys. The Accords. The Volvo 240/740/940 triplets. Silverados. F-150s. Crown Vics. Town Cars. And of course the VW TDI models. They all will endure along with Cavalier cockroaches and the ever ready Rangers. But there […]

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Every classic Mercedes enthusiast and their antique mother will brag about the longevity of their ride. Then you have the Camrys. The Accords. The Volvo 240/740/940 triplets. Silverados. F-150s. Crown Vics. Town Cars. And of course the VW TDI models. They all will endure along with Cavalier cockroaches and the ever ready Rangers. But there […]

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Super Piston Slap: A Love Supreme, A Traveling DashMat http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/super-piston-slap-a-love-supreme-a-traveling-dashmat/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/super-piston-slap-a-love-supreme-a-traveling-dashmat/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:22:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426446   TTAC Commentator supremebrougham writes: Hey Sajeev… I just got done reading the Ranger piece on TTAC, and I decided that I want to ask you something. A few months ago I lost my Father, and last week my Mom gave me his ’03 Ranger to use as a trade for a new Escape. I […]

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  TTAC Commentator supremebrougham writes: Hey Sajeev… I just got done reading the Ranger piece on TTAC, and I decided that I want to ask you something. A few months ago I lost my Father, and last week my Mom gave me his ’03 Ranger to use as a trade for a new Escape. I […]

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New or Used: Wear a Cup Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/new-or-used-wear-a-cup-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/new-or-used-wear-a-cup-edition/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:17:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410350     William writes: My wife is currently in the market for a new car. Our current garage consists of her 2008 Ford Explorer XLT Ironman Edition V8 that gets a dismal 16 MPG in mixed driving, and my beloved 2010 G37S 6MT that I love in every way, and gets a decent 22 MPG […]

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    William writes: My wife is currently in the market for a new car. Our current garage consists of her 2008 Ford Explorer XLT Ironman Edition V8 that gets a dismal 16 MPG in mixed driving, and my beloved 2010 G37S 6MT that I love in every way, and gets a decent 22 MPG […]

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New or Used: A Truck For My Love http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/new-or-used-a-truck-for-my-love/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/new-or-used-a-truck-for-my-love/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 19:43:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408485     Matt writes: Sajeev and Steve, I think it’s time to replace my wife’s 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L. It’s got 48,000 on the clock and has developed a few problems over the years. Power side doors that get wonky on really cold days, a slow leak in the AC system, a leak somewhere around […]

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    Matt writes: Sajeev and Steve, I think it’s time to replace my wife’s 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L. It’s got 48,000 on the clock and has developed a few problems over the years. Power side doors that get wonky on really cold days, a slow leak in the AC system, a leak somewhere around […]

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U-Haul Won’t Rent Trailers To Explorers, Idiot Lawyers (Not Unibody Construction) To Blame http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/u-haul-wont-rent-trailers-to-explorers-idiot-lawyers-not-unibody-construction-to-blame/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/u-haul-wont-rent-trailers-to-explorers-idiot-lawyers-not-unibody-construction-to-blame/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 18:18:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396256 Should you be afraid of towing in a new Ford Explorer? Though the newly-unibody Explorer is rated for up to 5,000 pounds, Jack Baruth noted in his review that My experience pulling my race car on an open trailer with my Flex indicates that the D4 chassis is more than up to the job, but […]

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Should you be afraid of towing in a new Ford Explorer? Though the newly-unibody Explorer is rated for up to 5,000 pounds, Jack Baruth noted in his review that My experience pulling my race car on an open trailer with my Flex indicates that the D4 chassis is more than up to the job, but […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Would You Recommend A Ford Explorer? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/ask-the-best-and-brightest-would-you-recommend-a-ford-explorer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/ask-the-best-and-brightest-would-you-recommend-a-ford-explorer/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 23:43:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=394761 Despite being on something of a roll product-wise, Ford has just experienced its second run-in with Consumer Reports, which failed to give Ford’s new Explorer a coveted “recommended” rating. Why? CR explains its decision in Automotive News [sub] thusly “The engine is a little noisy, handling is secure but lacks agility, and the driving position […]

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Despite being on something of a roll product-wise, Ford has just experienced its second run-in with Consumer Reports, which failed to give Ford’s new Explorer a coveted “recommended” rating. Why? CR explains its decision in Automotive News [sub] thusly “The engine is a little noisy, handling is secure but lacks agility, and the driving position […]

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Review: 2011 Ford Explorer Take Two http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-ford-explorer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-ford-explorer/#comments Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:03:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384552 I thought the Ford Freestyle would sell well because it was so incredibly functional. It didn’t, even if I bought one myself (in updated Taurus X form). I thought the Ford Flex would sell well because it combined even more room and comfort (if inferior visibility) with the style of a MINI. It hasn’t done […]

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I thought the Ford Freestyle would sell well because it was so incredibly functional. It didn’t, even if I bought one myself (in updated Taurus X form). I thought the Ford Flex would sell well because it combined even more room and comfort (if inferior visibility) with the style of a MINI. It hasn’t done […]

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Review: 2011 Ford Explorer XLT AWD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-ford-explorer-xlt-awd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/review-2011-ford-explorer-xlt-awd/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:33:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381801 Imagine, for a moment, you are a plant. Well, not just any plant. You are Robert Plant, and everywhere you go, people want you to sing “Stairway to Heaven”. I’d rather not, you tell them. Never liked that one much, to be honest. We’ve a much better song that I’d much rather sing. Called ‘Kashmir’, […]

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Imagine, for a moment, you are a plant. Well, not just any plant. You are Robert Plant, and everywhere you go, people want you to sing “Stairway to Heaven”. I’d rather not, you tell them. Never liked that one much, to be honest. We’ve a much better song that I’d much rather sing. Called ‘Kashmir’, […]

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Ford Ordered To Pay $131m In Explorer Rollover Trial http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/ford-ordered-to-pay-131m-in-explorer-rollover-trial/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/ford-ordered-to-pay-131m-in-explorer-rollover-trial/#comments Fri, 03 Sep 2010 15:43:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=364640 Ford was ordered by a Mississippi jury to pay $131m to the family of a New York Mets prospect who died in a rollover crash in 2001. The ruling came despite Ford’s insistence that Brian Cole had been driving at 80 MPH and was not wearing a seatbelt when his Explorer went off the road. […]

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Ford was ordered by a Mississippi jury to pay $131m to the family of a New York Mets prospect who died in a rollover crash in 2001. The ruling came despite Ford’s insistence that Brian Cole had been driving at 80 MPH and was not wearing a seatbelt when his Explorer went off the road. […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Does The Outgoing Explorer Earn Its “Exploder” Nickname? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-does-the-outgoing-explorer-earn-its-exploder-nickname/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-does-the-outgoing-explorer-earn-its-exploder-nickname/#comments Mon, 09 Aug 2010 21:05:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362540 This week’s “Haggler” column in the Sunday New York Times was ripped from the pages of TTAC’s beloved Piston Slap series, with a Wendy Marek writing in to complain that In July 2008, I made a huge mistake: I bought a Ford Explorer. It was a 2006 model with 40,000 miles, and it cost $17,000. […]

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This week’s “Haggler” column in the Sunday New York Times was ripped from the pages of TTAC’s beloved Piston Slap series, with a Wendy Marek writing in to complain that In July 2008, I made a huge mistake: I bought a Ford Explorer. It was a 2006 model with 40,000 miles, and it cost $17,000. […]

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Ford Exploring Counterintuitive Engine Pricing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/ford-exploring-counterintuitive-engine-pricing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/ford-exploring-counterintuitive-engine-pricing/#comments Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:54:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361581 Last week, the big news coming out of Ford was that the new Lincoln MKZ would be available with a hybrid drivetrain as a no-cost option. With Mercury on its way out, and Lincoln struggling to carve out a niche in the luxury space, that move made a certain amount of sense at the time. […]

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Last week, the big news coming out of Ford was that the new Lincoln MKZ would be available with a hybrid drivetrain as a no-cost option. With Mercury on its way out, and Lincoln struggling to carve out a niche in the luxury space, that move made a certain amount of sense at the time. […]

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2011 Explorer: Ford Dealing With SUV Withdrawal? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/2011-explorer-ford-dealing-with-suv-withdrawal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/2011-explorer-ford-dealing-with-suv-withdrawal/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:34:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359760 It’s been written at least a few times here at TTAC that crossovers are the methadone of SUV addiction, and Ford is proving the point, as it prepares to launch its 2011 Explorer. Once one of the most popular SUVs in America, the Explorer is going to a unibody chassis, and the reactions to teaser […]

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It’s been written at least a few times here at TTAC that crossovers are the methadone of SUV addiction, and Ford is proving the point, as it prepares to launch its 2011 Explorer. Once one of the most popular SUVs in America, the Explorer is going to a unibody chassis, and the reactions to teaser […]

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Ford: 4-Cylinder Explorer, V6 F-150 Launching “By The End Of The Year” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/ford-ecobooost/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/ford-ecobooost/#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:16:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352239 Ford’s relationship with hybrid technology has been an on-again-off-again affair, since Bill Ford first pledged to build 250k hybrids by 2010. And it’s probably a good thing the Blue Oval backed away from that promise, as the firm sold only 33,502 hybrids last year. Meanwhile, Ford still has yet to claim profitability on any of […]

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Ford’s relationship with hybrid technology has been an on-again-off-again affair, since Bill Ford first pledged to build 250k hybrids by 2010. And it’s probably a good thing the Blue Oval backed away from that promise, as the firm sold only 33,502 hybrids last year. Meanwhile, Ford still has yet to claim profitability on any of […]

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