2004 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2004 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 34 reviews

  • 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 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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Michael writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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5

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Space, Power, Looks, and Customization Options

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Travel Vehicle — Surprising amounts of torque for a V6, Independent suspension provides for a ultra smooth ride, Gas mileage been 16/21 respectively, ideal vehicle for more then 5 passengers. I do wish it had head rests in the front seats instead of the sportback seats. Transmission went out after 200k miles.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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TBone1623 writes:
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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randachris09 writes:
2004 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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3

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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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Shane1508 writes:
2004 Ford Explorer Limited V8 AWD Review
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heaps of room,awd,auto headlights,reverse sensor, airbags

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fuel economy poor quality transmissoin

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Nice Looking Truck — i love all the features in my explorer the performance could be a little better but it does well for the small v8 engine i love the brakes they feel really strong it has really poor fuel economy but i don't mind i love the leather interior and the third row seats and the safety features are pretty good

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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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N/A

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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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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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Jason writes:
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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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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

Solid Family Car, Vary Happy With It For The Most Part. By Jay

I wish I had opted for the Limited, memory seats and the intelligent cruise control would have been great features but were not options in the XLT. The interior is pretty roomy for a midsized SUV, but... Read More

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

Good Vehicle. By Ken

Could use a little more power. The 3.5L V6 is just not quite enough. However, I'm sure my mileage is much better than if it had a V8, so I'm not really complaining all that much. Otherwise, a very nic... Read More

Super Fun, Sporty Suv With The Looks To Boot! By gacowgirl79

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Lots Of Toys On The Limited Awd By goldy

Accelerator responsiveness with the 6 speed transmission and the v8 is lousy. The 6 speed wants to be in 2nd when starting and shifts very quickly to 6th even when going only 30mph.6 speed is only goo... Read More

Best Mid-sized Suv Out! By Billy

This is my 2nt Ford Explorer and definitely not my last! This vehicle is built Ford tough and is fun to drive. Comfortably seats 7 and the 3rd row seat is very roomy for a mid-sized SUV. I wish I wa... Read More

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