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Pros: EverythingGreat vehicle to own
Love my SUV, but TOO much for GAS
Pros: Cruise control
Cons: MPGLove my SUV.. Hate the MPG.. Gas going down is a good thing but for how long. Need the room, but something better on gas that can pull a trailer
Cons: sizevery economical
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!
Pros: Plenty of comfort and convenience with truck capabilities.
Cons: The fuel filter that is very difficult to access and change.
Advice: Shop until you can't take any more shopping. Prices vary greatly. Be patient and you will find a very good deal.I bought my Explorer October, 2005 with 2300 miles on it. I now have almost 41k miles in January, 2007. I have had no problems with it other than a very slight paint problem that was resolved under warranty. This Explorer replaced a 1999 I had with 130k miles when I sold it. I use my Explores pulling my boat or trailer and I use four wheel drive regularly. Unlike most SUVs built on a car frame, the Explorer is a truck. For the money, nothing compares to the Explorer value (on 87 octane!).
Pros: comfortable ride, very roomy.
Cons: radio controls
Advice: shop well, the toyota 4runner is a great vehicle, but for everyday shuttles, the explorer is right up there with it.I'm still a little worried about the transmission problems carrying over from previous models. Just make sure you have an extended warranty!