2004 Ford Explorer Overview

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Eddie Bauer V6
Avg. Price: $6,729
Eddie Bauer V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $8,376
Eddie Bauer V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,954
Eddie Bauer V8
Avg. Price: $6,887
Eddie Bauer V8 4WD
Eddie Bauer V8 AWD
Limited V6
Avg. Price: $7,456
Limited V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $8,372
Limited V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,954
Limited V8
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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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My 2004 Ford Explorer Xlp Tries To Start But The Engine Dies Out. What Coul...

when i try to start it the engine seems like it wants to start but it stalls out

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Kayleigh Sheehy
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04 Explorer Won't Start After New Starter And Battery

4 days ago our Explorer wouldn't start, not even lights coming on and wouldn't jump start. We replaced the battery. Now the lights come on but it wouldn't start. So we replaced the starter. And it...

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Is There Any Way To Reset My Anti-theft System Without Taking My Car To A D...

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2004 Ford Explorer Xtl. When The Ignition Is On, The 4x4 High Icon Flashes ...

Car is permanently in 2wd and cannot drive in the lightest snow fall. No traction whatsoever. It is worst than driving the Toyota Camry in the snow. Only the back wheels spin and the car will only fla...

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My 04 Ford Explorer Abs Light Comes Off And On, And My Cruise Control Perio...

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