Ford Explorer Ratings

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    2001 Ford Explorer

    Best Vehcle Ever!

    Pros: Roominess

    Cons: Really nothing

    Bought this vehicle new. It's 9 years old with 130,000+ miles on it and still looking great and performing well. VERY little maintainance to the vehicle. I look forward to purchasing another one!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2002 Ford Explorer

    Wonderful

    Pros: The comfort and familiarity

    Cons: 4WD never failed once and the comfort level

    There are some minor issues with it, but overall the best towing/fun/people-hauling/SUV you can get. And it definately has the best bang for you buck out there.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2005 Ford Explorer

    Pros: interior

    Cons: size

    very economical

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    2007 Ford Explorer

    Love my Explorer

    Pros: Handling and smooth ride on the highway

    Cons: The headlilght dimmer could be in a better place.

    I love my Ford Explorer XL. (Red with light gray interior) It has 4X4 on demand and V6 engine. It steers great, good on the highway and around town. It is very solid with no rattles. When I need get up and go power, the V6 gives it to me. I like my Explorer so well that my Lexus has been parked in the garage since I bought the Ford.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    2006 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4.0L (140A) 4x2

    Pros: Ride and Handling

    Cons: Gas mileage and center console storage

    Advice: Drive one for a few days before purchase it.

    This is my third Explorer and overall I happy with my purchase. I've owned 1997 and 2000 Explorer's prior to this 2006. The best features noted are the improved ride, acceleration and handling. The features which have not been improved or are a step backwards are worse gas mileage, moved controls for 4X4 to the lower center dash and on the passenger side, (prefer left side of steering wheel), driver storage (moved shift lever to console which took away console shelf space) smaller glove compartment, higher step up and loss of rear and passenger side vision due to higher seat backs. The feature which needs change or should be eliminated from an option is the finish on the chrome wheels. This premium wheel (std Limited opt on EB) is coated with a chrome film which peels if cut (carwash or tire change). I like the explorer but do have concerns whether I made a smart purchase.

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    2003 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.0L (220A) 4x4

    Pros: Stereo system

    Cons: Engine power train

    Advice: Do not purchase a Ford Exployer

    I purchased the Exployer because of the price and my buy american sentiments. The SUV served me well until recent engine problems. The Dealership indicated that three of the valves had lost compression and would require a new engine to correct the problem ($5,300). This is the first american made vehicle that I have ever owned and the last. I did not feel that the Dealership was honest and forthright. They presented no other alternatives to the engine replacement. There were also transmission issues with the gear shift really changing very hard between gears that concerned me. Consider buying Toyota or Acura for price, reliability and ownership longevity.

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    2005 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4.6L (255A) 4x4

    Pros: Comfortable ride.

    Cons: Quality & Service

    Advice: Do not buy a Ford. They do not stand behind their products.

    This is the second Explorer we have purchased. We traded in a 2002 Explorer because of the many problems we had. Example: The ABS sensors would need to be replaced every 10 to 12 thousand miles. Not only was it expensive, when they began to go out there were times when the brakes would fail al together. After the 2nd near crash with no help from the service department, I took a loss and traded it in for another Explorer. Big mistake! I theorized that the first was a lemon and it could not happen a second time. Our 2005 fully loaded Explorer has been an absolute nightmare. The list of repairs in just the 1st 50 thousand miles include fixing the rear latches 3 times (Back hatch randomly pops open.) The rear heating and cooling system is out. ($600 to fix.) Now the front cooling system is broke. The brake pads needed to be replaced thousands of miles before they should have or did their service guys just take advantage of my wife? There has been a loud howling noise coming from the back and sides since 20 thousand miles, but they could not find the cause. (Hint, it's the air conditioning!) I've seen this same comment on several reviews and I find it hard to believe Ford does not know there is a problem. The technicians do not document problems that occur within the warranty and you will be stuck paying for them later. Ford and other American companies that do not care about the quality of their products are forcing consumers to look outside the US. Shame on you, FORD!