2004 Ford Explorer Overview


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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

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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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My 2004 Ford Explorer

I can't locate the button to reset my alarm on my truck because it won't start without me resetting the anti theft. Can you tell me where I can locate it and what the button looks like?

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2 Power Windows Don't Work (drivers Side Front And Back) 2004 Ford Explorer...

Hi, Two of my power windows don't work. They went out at separate times a couple of months apart. Both stuck in the up position. I've checked the fuse in the engine compartment, I swapped out the ...

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Carolyn Hartsuff

How Do You Change A Rear Passenger Back Door Vent Window The Non Moveable O...

My back passenger window got busted out ina storm but the branch only went through the small back glass in the door that doesnt move . Need help on how to change it .. please thank you Carolyn. ..

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Nancy Rygiel

Ball Joints Control Arm

im wondering how much ball joint and control arm

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I Tried Every Thing To Get My 2004 Explorer To Come Out Of 4x4 Low But Stil...

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