2006 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

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2006 Ford Explorer
4.2
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Exploratia 2.0

by from Greenwood, In on September 28, 2011

I purchased my beautiful Two-toned (White with Tan undercarriage) 06' Eddie Bauer Explorer in 08' with 21k miles on it. I now have 65k miles on it after 3 years of ownership. The good: I was instantly...
I purchased my beautiful Two-toned (White with Tan undercarriage) 06' Eddie Bauer Explorer in 08' with 21k miles on it. I now have 65k miles on it after 3 years of ownership. The good: I was instantly drawn to the seating position, which offers an expansive, commanding view of traffic. Also, the layout of the cabin is very warm, felt very insulated and comfortable. The power driving seat aids me in finding the perfect driving position. I never owned an SUV before, so I was really nervous about the ride. That anxiety was laid to rest when I fired up the smooth engine and took it for an 'extended' test drive. This SUV feels very 'carlike' in the way it handles turns, and bumps. The solidity and confidence I feel when driving in the snow is unsurpassed. I recall particularly this past winter when driving on the interstate; I hit a patch of invisible black ice going about 60 miles per hour. For the briefest of seconds, the vehicle slid and also turned a bit to the right. In an instant I turned the wheel back the other way and the vehicle repositioned and continued in my intended trajectory. Though the situation was a bit scary to me, I didn't truly appreciate how well the traction system which Ford calls 'AdvanceTrack with RSC(roll stability control, which is standard)' had come through until I got further up the road. As I continued north and the weather became worse, I passed no fewer than 10-15 other motorists who had actually run off the road. It's worth noting that none of these were Explorers. I also love the space; there is enough room for the wife, the in-laws and our two girls and the second row reclines to provide more comfort. Also, the vehicle drives 'small' which is to say the turning radius is very good. This bodes well when parallel parking or taking a quick turn. The latter two rows fold 'flat' but not into the floor. Despite this, I have carried numerous 'large' purchases home including a 51 inch flat screen, a massive entry table and a pub style table and chairs (2 trips).I won't complain about the gas mileage either, which tends to be in the low 20's on long trips and about 16-17 mpg in city. The bad: No product is without a couple flaws and the Explorer is no exception. The engine, while perfectly adequate in most situations, can feel a little underpowered at times. 252lb ft of torque is not a lot of ‘scoot’ for a vehicle that is this heavy. You almost feel like you have to really 'gun it' if you are passing on a two-laned road and the engine revs pretty high. Also, the radio unit says 'MP3' and has an 'auxiliary' setting, but there is not auxiliary jack. I am a bit of an 'Applehead' so I am disappointed that I cannot directly connect my Iphone to the radio. 'MP3' to Ford just means you can play an MP3 cd. Reliability: There has only been one issue and it is a known one having to do with the radiator. This failed at 29k miles and was quickly replaced under warranty. There have been absolutely no other issues besides this. Parting thoughts: After 3 years and an additional 44k miles, my family still loves Exploratia (my youngest daughter names everything) and she takes care of us. When we travel, everybody is comfy and the bus-driver man(that's me) has the piece of mind knowing that all the things that matter to him in life are riding stylishly, comfortably and safely.
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Traded one Explorer for another

by from Los Angeles on March 30, 2012

I have driven a Ford Explorer since 2003, when I purchased my first one. It has been such an all purpose design for me that I practically live in it. I am constantly on the road with it. It is great f...
I have driven a Ford Explorer since 2003, when I purchased my first one. It has been such an all purpose design for me that I practically live in it. I am constantly on the road with it. It is great for hauling (I do swap meets), travelling (I've driven from Los Angeles to the Arctic Circle and back), and just plain luxury driving in great comfort. It easily transports from 1 to 7 people. My previous Explorer lasted for 185,000 miles and still no engine problems. I have great expectations for this one too. So far, so good! Get one!
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Bulit Ford Tough

by from winnipeg mb on February 2, 2012

This car we bought used with 60,000km on it and know we have 160,00km on it and it barley ever has had problems we drive it eveyday and it always starts first try. We use it to tow our quads around an...
This car we bought used with 60,000km on it and know we have 160,00km on it and it barley ever has had problems we drive it eveyday and it always starts first try. We use it to tow our quads around and we have taken it offroad before to pull them out before. the truck doesent seem to quit
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06 Explorer

by from on November 18, 2008

I leased a 2006 Ford Explorer from november of 2005 to 2007. It was comfortable and I felt safe driving it. I live where there is snow and it goes through snow unbelievably and is heavy which makes a ...
I leased a 2006 Ford Explorer from november of 2005 to 2007. It was comfortable and I felt safe driving it. I live where there is snow and it goes through snow unbelievably and is heavy which makes a person feel better in ice and snow conditions. Overall it handles well and has a nice tight steering that allows for the feeling of total control of your vehicle.
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Overall a great vehicle.

by from Rocklin, CA on April 2, 2009

We have owned our fully loaded 2006 Eddie Bauer Explorer for 3 years now and have 37k miles on it. It has been very reliable and the only thing we had break was the electronic third row seat. Ford too...
We have owned our fully loaded 2006 Eddie Bauer Explorer for 3 years now and have 37k miles on it. It has been very reliable and the only thing we had break was the electronic third row seat. Ford took care of it and I just had to pay $100 for repair since my warranty was up. We bought this vehicle because they were dealing so low on the big SUV's. MSRP was $44k and they gave us $10k off sticker price for it brand new. We had a 2002 Mustang before this which is now owned by a family member and no problems at all with that car either. I'm starting to think Ford makes a decent car now.
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very pleased

by from AR on September 24, 2010

Found my low-mileage...superbly clean Ford Explorer on cars.com. Don't know that I've seen a used car this clean before and am very happy with my purchase.
Found my low-mileage...superbly clean Ford Explorer on cars.com. Don't know that I've seen a used car this clean before and am very happy with my purchase.
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Reliable and a comfortable ride

by from OH on December 31, 2013

I only had a radiater issue which seems to be a common problem, other than that I have not even replaced the brake pads yet, I have 76K on this. I was lucky with the radiater issue also since the deal...
I only had a radiater issue which seems to be a common problem, other than that I have not even replaced the brake pads yet, I have 76K on this. I was lucky with the radiater issue also since the dealer was very nice and gave me good ammount of credit which I believe he said he got from Ford and acknowledged the issue with the Radiator.
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Explore Eddie Bauer 2006

by from Detroit, MI on April 15, 2013

I purchased this truck one month ago April 2013. I am the third owner. The truck still looks and runs like a brand new truck. Smooth ride. Gas millage not too bad. It had 101,500 miles at purchase. I ...
I purchased this truck one month ago April 2013. I am the third owner. The truck still looks and runs like a brand new truck. Smooth ride. Gas millage not too bad. It had 101,500 miles at purchase. I can't wait to take it on the road. Love It.
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Great Ford Explorer for the Price

by from Catonsville, Maryland on July 15, 2010

Averaging about 17 miles per gallon. The car was very clean and runs very well. I would recommend shopping for an extended warranty on the internet before going to the dealership. Otherwise a good sho...
Averaging about 17 miles per gallon. The car was very clean and runs very well. I would recommend shopping for an extended warranty on the internet before going to the dealership. Otherwise a good shopping experience.
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Explorer Review

by from Bel Air, MD on February 21, 2010

Purchased a 2006 Explorer V-8 Limited with 32,000 miles. Roomy, comfortable seats, and smooth ride.
Purchased a 2006 Explorer V-8 Limited with 32,000 miles. Roomy, comfortable seats, and smooth ride.
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