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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2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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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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2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 AWD Review
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Lots of room for a big family

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None

Ldsika
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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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2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V6 4WD Review
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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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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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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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2004 Ford Explorer XLT V8 AWD Review
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With it's sporty two tone and classy crimson color it's a handsome SUV for guy or gal, single, couple or family.  Room for hauling people or things yet a much more comfortable size than a pick up or large SUV with same ability.  Hitch and the engine to pull anything.  Leather seating.

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Average gas mileage

soooner
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Outstanding Outside, Inside, And Under The Hood! — 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 time you go out to get in the classy, handsome color combination welcomes you to enjoy your drive to the store or the lake or wherever you are headed.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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Large passenger areas, ability to carry more with third row seat or carry cargo.

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Awful transmission problems on the 2000-2004 Explorers did me in at 108,000 after never having a problem

TBone1623
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Great Vehicle, Until The Faulty Transmission Design Cost Me — Had this vehicle from new. No major problems until the faulty transmission design from ford failed and left me with a pile of useless parts. Loved this truck until it failed though. Lots of room and great ride. Avoid the years listed and you'll be fine

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 4WD Review
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Smooth and fun to drive.

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High maintenance

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Good Car — Smooth riding car with plenty of cargo space and room for 6 passengers. MPG isn't that great but not horrible either. Can be reliable for the most part but have run into some maintenance issues. Handles nicely for a larger vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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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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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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