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2004 Ford Explorer Ratings

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Ford Explorer 2004
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    12/21/2004 8:31:04 PM

    2004 Ford Explorer - Limited 4.0L (260A) 4x4

    Pros: INTERIROR/DVD

    Cons: THE PERFORMANCE OF THE TRANSMISSION

    Advice: DONT BUY STAY AWAY AND DONT LISTEN TO THE DEALERS THE TRUCK SUCKS

    THE TRANSMISSION ON ALL 2004 FORD EXPLORERS ARE MADE LIKE GARBAGE INCLUDING MINE STAY AWAY FROM FORD .I WILL NEVER BUY FORD EVER AGAIN.I AM GOING TO TAKE A BIG LOSS ON MINE AS LONG AS I GET RID OF THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE.

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    12/15/2004 6:24:13 PM

    2004 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.6L (225A) 4x4

    Pros: The bucking and kicking of the worst vehicle I have ever driven

    Cons: Ford's denial of a transmission problem

    Advice: Do not buy

    I purchased this vehicle in June 2004. The minute I drove it off the lot I noticed severe jumping of the vehicle as it shifted at low speeds and especially when going into reverse. My first trip to Ford service resulted in them telling me this is how this vehicle operated and that it was due to the auto 4x4 feature. I have taken the vehicle in 5 more times since my original visit at 200 miles. My vehicle now has 27,000 miles and it bucks and kicks more than ever. Ford tells me this is how their vehicle operates. If so, this is the last Ford I will ever buy.

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    12/15/2004 3:50:19 PM

    2004 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.6L (125A) 4x2

    Pros: I love the third row option, it's so easy to get rid of, just push it down, no taking it out! A lot more roomy back there than I expected!

    Cons: A tiny noise that comes from the air conditioner fan, my friend has a 2002 and it has the same thing, doesn't really mess anything up or nothing.

    Advice: Get it! & if you have the option, GO FOR THE THIRD ROW!!!!

    I love my truck! It's VERY roomy and very nice to drive. It's a family vehicle, even called the modern day station wagon, but it's one wagon that kids actually would want to borrow from their parents! Very tight body, esp. the Black Color that I have. I wouldn't trade it for any other vehicle I've ever owned!

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    11/9/2004 9:23:26 AM

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

    Pros: Appearance, third row seat

    Cons: Minor electrical problems are a consistent annoyance and cost.

    Advice: Do not buy one.

    Have had numerous problems with the vehicle. The transmission is now in need of rebuilding and the transmission casing has hairline cracks in it so that will cost an additional $800. This is my 3rd and last explorer. I complained to Ford 'Customer Concerns' but that is a waste of time and energy. If the warranty has expired you are out of luck. The service tech at the dealership was told by Ford engineers that they have seen some hairline cracks in Explorer transmission cases which tells me there are some metal failure problems that they are not willing to acknowledge.

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    10/2/2004 10:25:27 AM

    2004 Ford Explorer - Limited 4.6L (265A) 4x4

    Pros: confort

    Cons: performance

    Advice: be aware of transmission problems

    i have 16000 miles on a 2003 centinal explorer which is a limited edition. so far I have had the transmission rebulit, not sure if its a problem with all fords or its just a lemon. Checking with my mom who owns the same vehicle has also had transmission problems and had to have it rebuilt and her car had 15000 miles on it.