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2004 Ford Explorer

2004 Ford Explorer

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Fords equals adventure!

by from Culpeper, Va on July 23, 2011

Just got a 2004 Red Ford Explorer XLT. After an accident in my Jeep Grand Cherokee. Although the Jeep was awsome off road, it gave me a ton of mechanical problems, ex. Engine, fuel injector, starter. ...
Just got a 2004 Red Ford Explorer XLT. After an accident in my Jeep Grand Cherokee. Although the Jeep was awsome off road, it gave me a ton of mechanical problems, ex. Engine, fuel injector, starter. And so on. My Ford has given me none of that.. biggest positives: seating for seven and the fold down third row, pleanty of sleeping room with backrows folded down for camping, high tow rating for yard work and travling, All wheel drive is a god send in mud and snow, ground clearence of 8+ inches. I wish I had goten a V-8 for power and get up and go. Overall the mpgs is pretty good around 23. I am very happy with my descion. Would recomnen highly! Enoy. Happy travels.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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A Paragon Of Excellence

by from Florida on June 4, 2012

This is my first Explorer, although I've owned just about every other model Ford has made over the years and this one is replacing an E-150 conversion van I no longer need. The independent mech who ha...
This is my first Explorer, although I've owned just about every other model Ford has made over the years and this one is replacing an E-150 conversion van I no longer need. The independent mech who has maintained all of my cars, when I asked him what he thought of them, said "I've never heard anyone say anything bad about an Explorer". And yes, my family owned a Ford dealership but my dad died when I was 13 and we sold the dealership so it's been many years since I've had a financial interest. IMHO Ford blew it in 2011 when they took a front wheel drive sedan, put a SUV body on it and desecrated the Explorer name badge which is why I'll never have any one built after 2010.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Absolutely great car!!

by from Springfield, Il. on January 26, 2014

I bought this car in 2001 (2 yrs. old) with 46,000 miles on it. The mileage is now at 215,000+. It has the original tranny, engine, exhaust system and I have never had to do anything to them except no...
I bought this car in 2001 (2 yrs. old) with 46,000 miles on it. The mileage is now at 215,000+. It has the original tranny, engine, exhaust system and I have never had to do anything to them except normal maintenance. I have spent money on it but you have to with any car to keep it in good condition. It still runs like a charm and I will keep it until something really expensive breaks down....I might even consider fixing that! I love this car!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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The 2002-2004 transmission is not dependable

by from on February 6, 2014

I bought mine with a 112,000 looks brand new to this day, however the drive line and transmission has giving me nothing but problems. @ 117,000 the rear end and drive shaft had to be replace. I have n...
I bought mine with a 112,000 looks brand new to this day, however the drive line and transmission has giving me nothing but problems. @ 117,000 the rear end and drive shaft had to be replace. I have not even used 4x4 at that point yet. 122,000 front wheel barring went. @133,000 transmission went with out a warning, Whining and will not engage reverse or drive past second gear. You cannot check the transmission fluid with out crawling underneath and you have to use hex to check from the bottom of the pan. Overall just the worst vehicle i have ever owned. Bought this vehicle because i needed something reliable and all i got is a pretty piece of junk! i drove this vehicle 24 miles each way to work.
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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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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Great vehicle for the price

by from Gainesville, Va on May 4, 2009

For the price, I couldnt ask for more. Fully loaded (everything except heated seats and premium stereo system) with leather, sunroof, 8 cylinder, etc, for 10 grand. Right now (May 2009 at least) you c...
For the price, I couldnt ask for more. Fully loaded (everything except heated seats and premium stereo system) with leather, sunroof, 8 cylinder, etc, for 10 grand. Right now (May 2009 at least) you can pick these up for dirt cheap. The thing you will notice most is the extremely comfortable ride, its very smooth on the road. The interior is, well, its a Ford so you cant expect anything fancy. But its not horrendous. The leather is a little slippery and if you make sharp turns your butt may move around a bit. If you can get the cloth, get the cloth, as the seats are MUCH more comfortable. The handling is so-so. The V8 is by no means "fast" but its extremely noticeable over the V6. Its not so great on gas. Overall a great vehicle for the price.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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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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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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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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