2004 Ford Explorer Overview


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Eddie Bauer V6
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Average User Score

4.15 stars

Based on 34 reviews

My Black Beauty by pleasebeawin
 — I love almost everything about my car. I live in Michigan and the winters are harsh, but that is no challenge for my Explorer. I have not had to replace anything other than brakes in the time i have h... Read More
Outstanding Outside, Inside, And Under The Hood! by soooner
 — This vehicle is nice to drive because of it's size and versatility. For a midsize SUV it really allows the room you need, the power you may want, without the bulk of a larger truck or SUV. Every tim... Read More
We Love This Car!! by Wendy
 — We bought this back in Jan. So we haven't had it very long, but it does awesome on the road. We've already taken it on several road trips. It drives awesome and I love the petal adjustment button!! We... Read More

2004 Ford Explorer Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 34 reviews

2004 Ford Explorer

The 2004 Ford Explorer was the first to be offered with Ford's Advance Trac antiskid system for all models (available as an option on the XLS, and standard on the XLT, NBX, Eddie Bauer, and Limited trims).  This was just the latest addition to the safety features with which Ford had laden the Explorer: the SUV also came standard with anti-lock brakes and specially designed passenger seatbelts; side-curtain airbags were an often-recommended option.

The concern with safety carried over into other aspects of the 2004 Explorer.  Buyers had the choice of rear-wheel, four-wheel, and all-wheel drives; the  Control Trac 4WD system provided an added degree of refinement, enabling drivers to choose between automatic and high-power four-wheel drive depending on road conditions.

The '04 Ford Explorer also provided plenty of choices under the hood, with two V-6 engines (a 160-horsepower basic model, and a single overhead cam V6 that put out 205 horsepower) and a 239-horsepower 4.6 liter Triton V-8 engine on offer.  

Despite all that engineering wizardry, though, the keys to the '04 Explorer's domination of the SUV market were most likely its roomy interiors (seating five adults comfortably, with a third-row seat option to take capacity up to seven), its impressive cargo capacity (up to 88.1 cubic feet for the five-passenger versions), and its reputation for being "built Ford tough".


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Ford Explorer Questions


My 2004 Ford Explorer Has Been Sitting And Not Driven For A Month Due To Il...

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The O/d Off Warning Light Is On What Repairs Will I Have To Make?

the o/d off warning light is on and the truck seems to have a problem switching from 1st to 2nd gear the engine revs up pretty high while changing gears, how do i fix this and how much is this repai...

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I Have A 2004 Explorer Xls 4wd V6 Can I Swap The Motor Out For A V8 4.6 And...

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Will A 2012 Explorer Oem Wheel With 255/50r20 Fit My 2004 Explorer Xlt With...

Will a 2012 Explorer OEM wheel with 255/50r20 fit my 2004 Explorer XLT without any modifications? I am buying my friends take offs from a 2012 for cheap so I am considering.

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What Would Cause My Gages(all Of Them), To Hesitate/stutter On Start Up?

When I start the vehicle, all of the gages(gas, tachometer, oil,battery) go as far left as possible and flutter for about 3 seconds.

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