2004 Ford Explorer

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$26,600

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

5

Seating capacity

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Easy to drive and maneuver
  • Crash-test ratings
  • Step-in height
  • Front and rear interior space

The bad:

  • V-6 performance
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Fully independent suspension
  • V-6 and V-8 engines
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Side-curtain airbags/Safety Canopy
  • ControlTrac 4WD

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.3
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

LOVE MY 2004 EXPLORER XLT

My Explorer was left to me in my friends will I knew the truck for a few years before inheriting it and except for 1 thing have had NO problems with it other than normal maintenance and I LOVE this truck and have no intention of getting rid of it unless I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO... and then I would still be hesitant about it ! It's always started and drove excellent especially in snow !!! My truck has 90600 miles it was given to me at 75000 miles ... only negative is that before I got it my friend needed to replace the transmission due to losing reverse (literally out of nowhere) WE were both stunned about it .... I wish I could check the transmission fluid by a dipstick too !

5.0

Great Truck, original owner!

This is a one owner car, my uncle brought it brand new for about $36k in 2004, it’s now 2023 and it has 52k miles on her! She had work done, this is only beside he never drove it! Beyond what repairs he fixed, from lack of driving it, it’s one heck of a reliable car, it’s in great shape, fully loaded, even in this age, it still like really nice! The 4x4 mode is awesome in the snow and icy conditions, the engine starts like a baby every time, it was passed down to me, and I’ll keep it until I’m old an gray! Even if I get a newer car, I will still keep it! It has 52k original miles, in 2023! Would make no sense, the KBB value is worthless, knowing how well it was maintained! I would suggest if you can get a lower mileage explorer, that has its paperwork, I would recommend this vehicle! Remember, I witnessed this truck from 2004 till now, 2023 worked like a dream boat! There’sa few minor issues with the headliner starting to sag, but again that’s age, living in New York with all that moisture, beyond that it’s three thumb👍👍👍

3.0

It drives and that's about it.

Purchased this car used with a completely dead engine. We did two engine replacements, but later found out that we likely only needed to do one because there was a very small issue we didn't notice at first that I guess had a chain reaction and prevented the entire engine from working. This car has defeated me many times. Particularly in the wintertime, it gets cold and refuses to start, and often has problems at stoplights moving again. I'm sure the air conditioning worked at one point but it doesn't anymore, nor does the heating; which makes this care miserable to drive in hot or cold weather. The power windows have needed to be repaired many times. I must say, it's when it's 101 degrees, the air conditioning is broken and you can't even roll the windows down. It also makes going through a drive through pretty embarassing. The front windows are now working, back windows are not. The sunroof leaks in the rain and drips into the celing light. After getting some repairs it drives fine though. I haven't had problems starting it since last winter. Here's to hoping it gets me through this winter lol.

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Safety

Based on the 2004 Ford Explorer base trim.
Frontal driver
4
Frontal passenger
5
Nhtsa rollover rating
3
Side driver
5
Side rear passenger
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Powertrain
Available
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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