Remind him that FORD stands for Fix Or Repair Daily. The ExploDer is a piece of garbage. Sure on paper, it offers a IRS, V8, etc etc. but keep it for a couple of years and you will understand why it is nicknamed the exploder. Ford claims that Quality is Job 1, but they continue to have poor reliability across their entire line. Your friend is dreaming if he thinks that the exploder is in the same league as the MDX. what a Joke!