2005 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2005 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 15 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 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:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"big space" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews

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Robert writes:
2005 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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reliable, tough, roomy, powerful

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low fuel economy, wider turning radius then smaller trucks

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Extremely Reliable Suv — The Explorer is a midsized SUV, that’s extremely reliable as well as very stylish. The Explorer is a No frills reliable truck, that get’s decent high way mileage. Some of the newer models step up the options available, but this truck really shines without those extra gadgets.

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Ian writes:
2005 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V8 4WD Review
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Towing, Off Road, Ride, Size

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Gas Mileage, Canyon Carving

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Love It, But Only Buy One If You Need One. — Performance-Acceleration is quick for SUV. Literally goes anywhere!! Braking is strong and linear with no drama, Handling is fantastic concidering its 4600lbs and over 6 feet tall. The electronic stability control keeps everything rubber side down. As far as build quality goes there hasnt been anything to really go wrong with it except a seal on the front diff which the dealer took care of. The stock appearance is better than most mini-van-esque SUV's out there and the addition of much larger AT/S tires did the trick. Gas mileage isn't bad for the Mustang derived 4.6L V8. On the highway you can get up to 22 MPG massaging the pedal. In the city its too big and too fun to get any better than 14 MPG. Oil Changes come by every 5000 miles and they are only $30 at most. The regular scheduled maintainance has been really inexpensive. I do most of the work so outside of new brakes and tires its been faithful. As fun factors go it depends on your personality. If you have a blast knowing that the 12" of snow/mud/whatever is merely scenery then yeah its a very entertaining vehicle to drive. If your idea of fun is carving canyon roads its one of the best SUV's that can actually tow over 7000 lbs, but i could find it tiring trying to navigate the twisties. Some other things to be aware of is that if you have never had a vehicle with ESC/RSC it can plainly scare the stuff out of you the first time it kicks in. in hard.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Pauline writes:
2005 Ford Explorer XLT V8 4WD Review
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Good all around!! 3rd row seating or extra cargo area.

Cons

Nothing really

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Ford Explorer Xlt — The performance of this truck is great. It is build great compared to other Ford model cars. The appearance is very nive, great exterior which I would love to have some things done to is still great. The interior is Leather & wood grain throughout. It has 2nd & 3rd row seating, or extra cargo. It is pretty good on gas, especially on long trips. It is a pretty fun car.

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Janel writes:
2005 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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4x4 and greta handling

Cons

this one also has a flawed trany

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A Great Ecomony Suv — For its size it doesn't get bad gas milage. it takes as much fuel as a v6 mustang. Love the handling and the 4x4. however this one has a flawed tranny that si starting to have issues despite not beign that old.

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2005 Ford Explorer XLS Sport V6 4WD Review
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5

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Sharp looking car, great ride and handling,

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no negatives

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Great Vehicle — nice vehicle, very roomy, luggage rack comes in handy, very comfortable seats, driver side air bag, passenger air bag, side air bags, lots of room in the back, very nice smooth ride, rear door opens like a hatch bag also

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Zaid writes:
2005 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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cheap

Cons

ugly shape

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Ford Explorer — good family car, needs more power, good handling on the road, ugly shape the new shape it looks muc better, it has 4.0 V6 engine with 210 BHP which compare to the body weight it is too low, at the end it is good for family, and it is cheap to own and maintain

Primary Use: Family transportation

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jpk7883 writes:
2005 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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Reliable, Cargo Capacity, Low Maintenance Cost through 100,000 miles

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Great Ford Explorer — I've enjoyed this car as my daily drive for about a year. It has been reliable and functional without any problems. The 4.0 V6 is adequate but would prefer a V8 in the future. All the options, for the price I paid, made this a no-brainer purchase!

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Yoshua writes:
2005 Ford Explorer XLT V8 4WD Review
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Lots of room and great in wet or slippery weather conditions.

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Gas milage

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My Ride — Drive is nice, gas milage is a bit low but the auto 4WD plays that part and gets better in the summer months, lots of room with seating for 7. Breaking is good as well as the acceleration. Stereo system is good. Exterior styling is modern.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sean writes:
2005 Ford Explorer Limited V8 Review
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its awesome

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nothing

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Again Its Awesome — its a beast....rolling with a 4.6L V8 , a custom tune, true dual exhaust and a cold air intake its like a big mustang. a little scary around corners at high speed but otherwise its awesome....more mods to come like underdrive pullies until i can afford a supercharger....and then after that possibly a 4.6L DOHC 32V....

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Ron writes:
2005 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 4WD Review
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I'm a Ford man

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nothing sucks very pleased

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Well Put Together. — A wonderful reliable vehicle. It performs very good. The ride is a little trucky. It is built just fine. A nice looking vehicle The cost was within my range and is a fun truck to drive. I like this vehicle

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2014 Ford Explorer Reviews

Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned By TMACWEBDESIGN

The Ford Explorer is the best vehicle I have ever owned . I like to buy american also looked at the Lincoln MKX which was noisy in comparison . I believe Lincoln has become an over priced Ford . Go wi... Read More

Great Suv Probably Best In Its Class/size By Divinejudge1

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

Very Nice Remake Of The Explorer And 4wd Handles All Of My Offroad Needs By NOJOESCHMOE

overall great remodel of the explorer, rides much better than the older series from the conversion to a crossover line. It is roadtrip comfortable as well as off-road capable, meets my dual purpose n... Read More

Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned By TimmySEO

I like everything about the Ford Explorer . My favorite is the technology , so far advanced compared to the competition . I read reviews on the MyFord touch that were negative . Maybe if you are lik... Read More

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

Feels Good, Looks Good. By mikepetrey

Like the appearance and performance. Smooth riding SUV with all the luxuries. The air conditioning is very cold, the heat is very warm. All power features have always worked with no problems whatso... Read More

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

So far this is my most favorite SUV I have ever owned. I have owned an explorer before but it was nothing compared to this one! With this one, I am just looking for a reason to get behind the wheel ... Read More

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Great Dependable Suv With All The Creature Comforts You Need. By SS131

What I love about this car is that it has the power third row seating which makes it very easy to accommodate more passengers with the touch of a button.Beautiful interior color combo and the Ford syn... Read More

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

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