2005 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2005 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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  • 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: 4.4 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

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PROS
"ride" 6 reviews
"big space" 4 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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2005 Ford Explorer XLT V8 Review
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The over all look of this car is appealing if you like a "meatier" look. I personally dislike the look of the crossovers, so I like the bigger more boxy look of the larger vehicles.

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For the gas mileage you save, which is not that much I prefer the room of the Expedition over this Explorer. Although it rides nice, and handles wonderfully, there is quite a bit less room inside and you do sacrifice the comfort of that larger vehicle.

karenbos
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Not A Large Suv But Sill Has The Comfort And Higher Ride. — A larger vehicle will always get less gas mileage, so there isn't anything you can do about that. Considering how much less room there is between the Explorer and the Expedition I would go back to the Expedition for my next vehicle. You can't beat it for road trips. I love not having to worry about packing too much! The Explorer is a great vehicle, but just a little bit too small when you have a long distance to travel and a lot of suitcases and things to take along. As far as mechanics and handling, I don't think you can beat Ford.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2005 Ford Explorer XLS Sport V6 4WD Review
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Love this SUV...

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Driver seat rips near plastic handle

iig64
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Great Suv — I love everything about my SUV ... except for the plastic that is on the bottom of the driver seat. When you get in and out of the vehicle it cinches the material which will continue to tear. Ford made a bad design with this, just my opinion....

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2005 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V6 4WD Review
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Pretty reliable

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Only 13 miles per gallon

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Nice Family Car Dependable — Gas mileage is only 13 mpg so far been pretty easy to work on dependable nice looking roomy on my second one this is for a 2005 I have also owned a 2002 and probably will buy another one bought the 2005 wrecked and fixed it

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

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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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Gas Mileage

jpk7883
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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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Sharp looking car, great ride and handling,

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no negatives

UsedCarsofFairfaxLLC
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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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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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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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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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2005 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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cheap

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

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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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2014 Ford Explorer Reviews

Number 1 Suv By jrl559

The Ford Explorer is the best looking (inside and out) and driving SUV on the road today! All Around Great Performance and absolutely a pleasure to drive on any roadways. Very comfortable interior and... Read More

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After driving the new Ford Explorer sport for the first time about six months ago, it has to be the best SUV on the market. The performance of the 3.5L twin turbo 365 HP engine is second to none. The ... Read More

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

Super All-around Suv! By Kpecot

Great family SUV. Lots of cargo room and passenger comforts. Love the leather, roof rack and 4WD upgrades as well as SYNC and Bluetooth features. Drives nice, solid handling. Liked it so much, getting... Read More

Super Suv! By Kpecot

Loved this SUV. In fact, I'm getting another one (2014 or 2015)! Preferred to drive it over our second car, which is a sporty and fun-to-drive 300Z. Leather and 4WD a big plus but not "must haves". Li... Read More

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

The Ultimate Snowboarding Assault Vehicle By cargurusLV

What's the point of getting an SUV with 5-seats? That's just an oversized car that eats up more gas. That's why I got the Explorer. It has 7-seats and luxuriously appointed with a great tech convenien... Read More

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

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

Sporty By lisser17

The room for my whole family in a reliable car. You will always get compliments on the ride and the look of the car. The convenience of the remote start is wonderful on hot and cold days! We love thi... Read More

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

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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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