2004 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2004 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 17 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"big car" 5 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"transmission" 6 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"quality" 2 reviews

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Kyle writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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auto everything

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transmission - auto 4x4

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Exploder — Great day to day veh... although the v6 has the gas milage of the v8, it has just as much torque for everyday driving. no problems on the interstate or city. The auto 4x4 system is kind of a joke, it has auto 4x4, 4x4 high, 4x4 low options... they should have just done 2wd high instead of auto 4x4.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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Good Engine, Good For Off-Road

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Good Car — Performance - descent acceleration for a truck, long braking distance, handles well in snow and bad weather, and off-road Build Quality - good engine as well as overall quality Appearance - Descent looking car, roomy interior and third row is convienient Cost - N/A Fun - this car is fun if you plan to go off the road

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bgutshall writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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reliable,seats 7 comfortably, goes well in the snow nice SUV

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gas mileage is O.K. not enough storage space on long trips when using all seats,

bgutshall
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Nice Family Car — nice looking SUV, great family car, seats 7 comfortably, very reliable, We purchased this SUV with 20,000 miles and put 100,000 miles on it. The only thing besides the general maintenance that we had to do was front wheel bearings.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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randachris09 writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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fits all 7 of us

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just a piece of crap lol

randachris09
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Not A Happy Camper Anymore — hate just about everything. seriously reconsidering owning anymore fords. i have 5 kids and have nothing but problems. trans hits hard in reverse etc. now my theft system is messed up and i cant even start the car. im so over it!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Andrew writes:
2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 4WD Review
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If you need to haul people or stuff, or just want a dependable car get this car

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if you super concerned about gas mileage, or dont have alot of money for gas

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I Love This Car — Performance- This SUV handles like most. its big, pretty top heavy, but its got a 4.0 liter engine and can reall ypick up speed if necesary. its handles quite nicely, and braking is even better. half way down on the brake should easily stop the car in about 1.5 seconds while doin 60-70 Build quality- since this is a used car that i have there are a couple of things that i would like to get fixed, mainly in the sterio, but for a used car with around 120k miles on it there aren't alot of glaring problems with it. alittle bit of squeaking here and there but for a used car this thing is still running strong. Appearance- I love the look of this car. interior was designed quite nicely, leather interior on the seats, alot of trunk space and fold away seats. can comfortably seat 7, but this car is quite expensive. the exterior of the car is quite modest. its a dark blue with gold skirts near the middle of the car. grill has the standard explorer grill, rims are just stock as well. the whole car looks awesome and im proud to show it off in the high school parking lot. haha cost of ownership- this thing drinks gas like grad student drinks booze. it is not good at all for gas mileage. if i had to guess id say it gets around 15 to 16 MPG and gas money is always taking out huge chunks of my paychecks. so far maintenance has been good. no major problems with it. this car is great but the gas mileage will come back to kill you in the end. Fun Factor- I think this car is fun to drive. its great to just cruise around town, just having a good time with your buddies in the back. i also like how the explorer is higher off the ground than most of the other cars. i love this car, but i could see how for other people not in my situation how it could be my of a burden than a blessing.

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Jason writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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4

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Its been amazing in the winter,  It was one of the worst I can remember!

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Horrible on gas millage, Luckily I drive just a few miles to work and back.

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Dependable Ride — Its a very comfortable ride, And was very practical for what i needed. I had just purchased a home and did some small remodels here and there. Having a spacious suv made transporting materials and tools easy as could be! Ive had 0 mechanical issues with it. Unfortunately, Last years winter brought on some rust. So ideally its the first thing that should be fixed with this vehicle. If you knock that out, I believe this car will run and look great for many years to come!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ldsika writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 AWD Review
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5

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Lots of room for a big family

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None

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Ford — I have had a good experience with my ford only selling it to get something newer. We have 5 children and have room for everyone. Only complaint I have is when I did need servicing our local ford repair shop isn't the friendliest and a little pricier than other repair shops.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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blueboat1 writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V6 4WD Review
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5

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very good travel vechicle and family vechicle.

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that its engine has a double timing belt.

blueboat1
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Good — good for a family of four. good to go on trips. although its paint cheap on the front and the rear gate crack and the double timing belt that this vehicle has I can not rate it tobe a bad buy. the price was good with all the extras that I added to it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cliff writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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4

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Rolled it and still works. Not much damage

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Noisy as hell from the fan, diffs and wheels

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Nice Commuter — Nice car Rolled it and it still works. Transmission is starting to go now as of 2012. Cost of ownership is the typical Ford price of way too much. It is nice to drive. Not very powerful, but strong enough to pass up slow cars in the fast lane.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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highrollin writes:
2004 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WD Review
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Lots of power and easy to use features, very smooth ride compared to past explorers (94-99)

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very poor fuel economy, not at all reliable, very noisy on the highway

highrollin
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Expensive Disaster — I got this car when it was 1 year old and paid $45 000 for it , and I must say that was the most regretful $45 000 dollars I ever spent. When I bought this truck it had about 21 000 miles on it, I fell in love with it for the first to years it sat up high , very powerful, and all though it was very bad on gas I walk to work so i didnt mind but i still put a lot of miles on my car going up to the cottage on weekends, but it was great for towing. then around 3 years into owning it, everything went wrong it started burning through ignition coils every couple of months, at this point it had about 100 000 miles on it, it started making terrible noises, and then about spring of 2008 it blew the transmission, and i had decided to replace it ($3800), a week after I replaced that the catalitic converter blew! ($600 - used part) by this time i was already looking for a new car, (at this point it had about 155 00 miles on it) and then a month after i blew the catalitic converter, the tranny blew again, luckily it was under warranty so i fixed the tranny and sold it for $1500, but it was just so much hastle, i do not reccomend this car to anyone, since then i bought a bran-new Mercedes ML 350 bluetec, on the road about $58 000 , its so cheap on diesel, so quiet inside, beautiful interior, and from what ive hear very reliable

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1991 Ford Explorer Reviews

A Very Useable 4wheel Drive By Aaronhawaii1980

I actually have a had a couple of these Explorers like this and they are tanks I turned one into a monster 4x4 and thats all I did with it. This one however is the Eddie Bauer which has everything in... Read More

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1992 Ford Explorer Reviews

I Love My Truck!!! By Laurbee

When I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania I was told I SHOULD get rid of my Honda and get a 4WD vehicle. I traded my 97 Honda for my 92 Explorer. Ball joints were bad but expected. Very little rust ev... Read More

Good Vehicle To Own. By Brian

Vehicle has great acceleration, braking, handling, and ground clearance. Have had some minor repairs done (Water pump, Clutch, and Head Gaskets) but should be expected since vehicle has over 200,000 m... Read More

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1993 Ford Explorer Reviews

For Style It's An Suv And His Name Is The Beast By Loree

My Beast has been a good work SUV it is a 1993 and except for a few minor things that didn't cost me much to fix it is an awesome vehicle. Don't know how this years Explorer's have been rated but I ra... Read More

A Great Overall Truck I Love My Fords! By Conway83

Nice riding truck looked great, Tons of cargo space when you folded down the backseats just loved the overall look and sportyness of the 2 door backed up with the 5 speed manual tranny, The on... Read More

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1994 Ford Explorer Reviews

2d 4wd Suv By Alec_William

For a small vehicle it handles great off-road and going into the mountains. It is good at taking corners and going high speeds quickly. The brakes work exceptionally well. It's a fun little vehicle ... Read More

Junk By tfret

Comfortable and stylish, that's the only thing good I can say about it. The performance and fuel economy were both pathetic. I got angry at this car every time I drove it. My wife decided it was bad f... Read More

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1995 Ford Explorer Reviews

P.o.s Winter Beater By Tater343

At first I really liked driving it, but then the brakes went out, the tranny went out, the eletric window motors went out, the radio sounded fuzzy. Bought it for 600 and made it 3 months before the mo... Read More

Nice By Steve

its an ok truck needs more power for a 4.o tho its pretty sleeek in my eyes really like the rims forr bein stock but i really think it sits too low for a 4x4 truck deff needs to sit higher from fact... Read More

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