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Pros: drives nice
Advice: buy a hondaThe 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.
Pros: The 4x4 capabilaty in snow
Advice: GRAB ONEThe handeling was grate in hardecorning and is very stable good visabilaty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: advace trac with roll stability control
Advice: much easier to fold rear seat and shorter turning radius than similar vehicles from jeep and gmGood power for towing and merging plus surprisingly good gas mileage(almost 22 mpg on a recent trip) for a vehicle with 295 horsepower.The power fold flat rear seat is a neat option.