2004 Ford Explorer
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Drive What You Love

by from Knoxville, TN on September 27, 2013

Best vehicle that I have ever owned. Evidently my family agreed since they all borrowed it whenever they took long trips. This could be because of its comfort and great handling. I have towed everythi...
Best vehicle that I have ever owned. Evidently my family agreed since they all borrowed it whenever they took long trips. This could be because of its comfort and great handling. I have towed everything with it from a tandem trailer to a pontoon. The mileage is not as good as our car, but then look what you get : space, 4x4 is great in snow or mud, ground clearance, great ride, towing capabilities, great price, and more. It is a fun vehicle. Things that I did not like: you must run matched tires at all times,and the faulty hinges on the rear window. After 150,000 miles it started needing lots of repairs so I made them before I traded it off. Trading it off was a big mistake. I will buy another one Ford Explorer.
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My second explorer and definitely not my last!

by from Los Angeles, CA on February 7, 2008

Great car! I dont know what else to say. I dont regret the purchase at all. It does everything I need, though I wish the fuel economy was a little better but it was an easy fix with a new performance ...
Great car! I dont know what else to say. I dont regret the purchase at all. It does everything I need, though I wish the fuel economy was a little better but it was an easy fix with a new performance air filter and performance spark plugs.
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Love it

by from columbia, mo on January 17, 2012

We bought ours in 2006 w/33K miles. It runs like a top, have never had any major problems with it. Cloth seats are easy to clean, exterior still shines like a new dime. Gas mileage could be better, bu...
We bought ours in 2006 w/33K miles. It runs like a top, have never had any major problems with it. Cloth seats are easy to clean, exterior still shines like a new dime. Gas mileage could be better, but overall we are very happy with our very reliable truck!
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Descent suv

by from on March 11, 2009

I bought 2004 used with 32,000 miles on it.Have not had any problems but I am worried because of the transmission problems I hear about.Chance u take with any vehicle.
I bought 2004 used with 32,000 miles on it.Have not had any problems but I am worried because of the transmission problems I hear about.Chance u take with any vehicle.
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150,000 miles and going strong!

by from Caledonia MI on July 12, 2014

I purchased my explorer new in 2004. Yes, some things have needed to be fixed over the years, however, most have been typical. I did buy the extended warranty which covered most of the expenses. The b...
I purchased my explorer new in 2004. Yes, some things have needed to be fixed over the years, however, most have been typical. I did buy the extended warranty which covered most of the expenses. The body is still not showing any rust due to the trim package protecting the wheel wells from salt. The transmission is original but shifts a little abruptly when cold and the internal computer has had to be replaced twice. The 4.6 liter V8 runs like a charm. The oil has been changed on a regular basis and it does not burn or use any. I do however need to replace the from wheel bearing assemblies soon. I have had to replace the rear will bearings many years ago. I have had a couple of electrical issues stemming from the driver's door. Overall, it has been a good vehicle. The repair costs are far less per year than the payments were. It has pretty dependable and we still take it on long trips because to the space. This is the third one I have had. I leased a 1999 and a 2002. The 2002 needed a new transmission along with many other repairs.
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Great bang for buck

by from phx, az on July 6, 2011

I bought this SUV used when it only had 30,000 miles on it and It has 82,000 now and the only thing I have replaced was the tires, battery, and brake lights. It is very comfortable and drives like a d...
I bought this SUV used when it only had 30,000 miles on it and It has 82,000 now and the only thing I have replaced was the tires, battery, and brake lights. It is very comfortable and drives like a dream, the rear air is very powerful. The front A/c is my only complaint as it seams a little weak but the rear air is so powerful it cools the car down quick even when sitting in the back third row. I love this truck and will drive it untill it can't drive anymore.
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Grate SUV #1 seller for a reason :-)

by from Modesto CA on September 27, 2006

Bought this car for family duties. Third row seat a big plus. Turning radius better than our PT Cruiser! Car does what's designed to do haul people, things, and trailers on vaction. Smooth ride. L...
Bought this car for family duties. Third row seat a big plus. Turning radius better than our PT Cruiser! Car does what's designed to do haul people, things, and trailers on vaction. Smooth ride. Love the features auto lights, electronic door enrty used way more than I ever thought. Cons Gas Mileage, Transmission shifting sloppy.
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Very Sturdy Truck!

by from Erie, PA on May 10, 2011

I bought this truck as I wanted to drive a Full size Ford SUV. And Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer was my best bet!! It is one solid truck! Very sturdy and very comfirtable ride on freeways! I'll give it a...
I bought this truck as I wanted to drive a Full size Ford SUV. And Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer was my best bet!! It is one solid truck! Very sturdy and very comfirtable ride on freeways! I'll give it a 4.5 out of a 5! (0.5 less because of the gas mileage...but hey... if you are worried about the mpg ..why drive a ford! :))
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Just like new

by from Oceanside, CA on September 22, 2012

I purchased a 2004 Ford Explorer on s private sale with 134000 miles. I have been in the rental car business for many years and have driven Ford Explorers quite often. This one drove exactly as I woul...
I purchased a 2004 Ford Explorer on s private sale with 134000 miles. I have been in the rental car business for many years and have driven Ford Explorers quite often. This one drove exactly as I would expect from a new one. No paint wear and Ford carpets clean up like new. The leather seats have some wear and can't be made to look brand new. The best I could get was very good and with one small tear on the left side if the driver seat. Every Explorer I looked at had this same damage. Expect that a cared for Explorer should run exactly the same as a brand new one and if it doesn't then there is something wrong. The interior buttons and carpet should not be stained or worn even at high mileage. If it is then the vehicle may have been used hard. I did have to replace the alternator and an oxygen sensor but both of these were easy to diagnose and fix by ordinary mechanics.
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Good SUV

by from Detroit, MI on October 25, 2006

I hate the V6. Love the all-time 4wd. Love the red paint and chrome grill. Must have side steps, makes it a whole lot easier getting in or out. I hate the fuel economy, I get avg. 18.72mpg and thats a...
I hate the V6. Love the all-time 4wd. Love the red paint and chrome grill. Must have side steps, makes it a whole lot easier getting in or out. I hate the fuel economy, I get avg. 18.72mpg and thats accurate for the last 6 months. Took on a trip could not believe how comfortable it was never thought in a million years it would be as comfortable as it was. Best feature on the truck is its head light system. Wowwww, high lights are something else they show everything even to the sides and the fog lights are great in the city if you have a hard time driving at night. I have the 3rd row seat and its great when you have to haul a whole bunch of people because then you only have to use one vehicle. The rear heat and air is a must so everyone has vent and the heat is distributed throughout the vehicle. I love the grey cloth and metal looking facia interior, very sharp. Love the ride height, your way up there. Overall a good vehicle although not perfect, but then again what is perfect.
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