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New Ford Explorer Ratings

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    9/4/2006 5:41:07 PM

    2004 Ford Explorer - XLS 4.0L (100A) 4x2

    Pros: nice ride

    Cons: donot feel safe with the transmission problems

    Advice: DO NOT BUY

    at 12,000 miles transmission jerking from park or drive into reverse after a short delay - now at 20,000 miles jerking when accelerating. Also whining noise from back of vehicle. DONOT BUY A FORD EXPLORER!!!

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    6/27/2006 7:45:54 PM

    2004 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.0L (220A) 4x4

    Pros: drives nice

    Cons: quality

    Advice: buy a honda

    The explorer is very nice to drive when it is not in the shop and I am afraid for when I don't have waranty. I have had transmission problems and engine problems. My 04 Explorer has now been in the shop a week and they can't figure out what is wrong w/the computer for the dash. It has a howl in the rear-end and the power windows in the back won't roll down.

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    4/9/2006 8:18:29 AM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: The 4x4 capabilaty in snow

    Cons: POWER

    Advice: GRAB ONE

    The handeling was grate in hardecorning and is very stable good visabilaty.

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    3/17/2006 12:00:22 PM

    2006 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.6L (125A) 4x2

    Pros: How quite and smooth yet nimble the ride is.

    Cons: The stereo needs a more midrange.

    Advice: I would highly recommend this car especially if you need seating for 7 and the toughness of a truck.

    I have owned a 2006 Explorer XLT with the 4.6L V8 engine and 3 rows of seats for 2 months now. I was impressed from the first time I drove the car. It was far beyond my expectations. I was amazed that a body on frame 'truck' could be so quiet, smooth and effortless to drive. This rides better and is quieter that the Lexus SUVs I have tried. A coworker of mine who is a European car fan was also amazed at how quite and smooth the ride is. Yet there is plenty of power with a nice growl from the V8 when needed. I have had seven adults fit comfortable in it. Even the 6 foot guy in the 3rd row said it was surprisingly roomy. I was aware of the unusual door pulls before I looked at the car and despite my concerns I don't even notice them now. I have had no problems with the fit, finish and quality of the construction so far. Out of all of the SUVs that I have owned this is by far the best.

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    3/2/2006 5:04:52 AM

    2006 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.6L (225A) 4x4

    Pros: New quiet interior and towing capacity.

    Cons: Although improved from last year, Gas mileage. Lack of Sirius radio as an option.

    Advice: Concider the 4x2 as an option. The gas mileage is better.

    I really enjoy the updated seating and interior. Ford plans to fix the door handle placement next year. I am getting used to it. The ride is nice and interior is quiet. I have a boat and a camper. The Explorer tows well. I found that several SUV's were built on a car chassis. I shopped foreign and domestic vehicles. This vehicle is the best 'Utility vehicle for the price.' The engineering of the frame and suspension cannot be matched.

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    1/30/2006 8:11:51 PM

    2006 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4.6L (245A) 4x4

    Pros: Comfortable seats with 10 way power and heat

    Cons: Door pulll and door opening handles are designed by idiots and put in the least accessible spots

    Advice: Think about the poor fuel economy if you have any concerns about the price of gas!

    Slight stumble on initial cold drive off. Fuel economy fair to poor in city (12 mpg) and sub-par on Hwy (17). However, this is a sweet vehicle to drive. Very comfortable and handles well for a relatively large vehicle. Gripes - turn signal/wiper stalk is way too high to reach. Idiotic placement of door unlock and door pull handles make for problems when trying to catch a door that suddenly swings open. Dash is too flat, reflects on windshield. Other than that I'm really enjoying this SUV.

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    1/21/2006 9:02:32 PM

    2006 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4.6L (245A) 4x4

    Pros: 6 speed trans get good gas milage for a V-8

    Cons: Don't like the inside door handles, look strange and some of the edges seem sharp.

    Advice: There are many options, check around and only get what you need.

    Has a very nice ride for an SUV, got the eddie bauer model with a v-8 and all the extras. Automatic 4 wheel drive works great in the snow. I love everything except two things. The body panels don't line up good and the optional 6 disk in dash changer seems cheep and has problems especially with reading MP3 disks.