2006 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2006 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:4.4 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
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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" 10 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews
"expressway" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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Stickzz writes:
2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 4WD Review
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3

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Very reliable and great in the snow

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Not so good gas mileage

Stickzz
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Dependable And Reliable — Great truck very reliable only con I wish she was better on gas...she's great in the winter and year round ..if you have a family or you just love trucks this is a perfect vehicle for you...she's very dependable

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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vern_moore95 writes:
2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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4

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Great family car for transporting grands and friends to and from basketball games. It accommodates eight adults comfortably. Leather seats adds to the overall luxury of the car.

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The V-6 engine's gas mileage in town wasn't the best, however, on the highway it was very good.

vern_moore95
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A Luxury Family Suv. — If I was in the market to purchase a family size SUV again, the Exployer XLT would be the car. This is from a person who has owned an Expedition and the smaller Exployer. The XLT is the car for my family.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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DrJPB writes:
2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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3

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Great looks

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Cheap material used, light body, light plastic, etc.

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Not Much Satisfied, In Compare To The Older Models. — It was an upgrade from 1997 Explorer 4x4WD, as for the transmission, engine & mechanical overview, i would certainly give it priority, but as for the interior body & exterior body quality, it's very disappointing. Dash has hollow plastic parts, front & back bumper is hollow plastic, feels really cheap in compare to the older models. While driving, i can hear engine sound & air sound, which was the least i was expecting.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Thomas writes:
2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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Everything.

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not having the more powerful engine.

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The Best Explorer/suv Ever Built. — The 2006 year was a milestone for the Ford Motor Company with the redesign of the Ford Explorer line of mid-sized suvs. I had a 1998 V8 Explorer before this car came into my life, and I can not see what I ever saw in the old one. The designing on the interior is awesome (looking much like the F-150's) and the exterior is beautiful. The drive is completely smooth and Ford did an excellent job reducing the noise of the cabin almost to an inaudible amount on the highway. Safety is a must too. The Explorer comes with RSC which basically gives you stability in sudden turn scenarios, and has one of the best airbag systems in the industry. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants to enjoy driving and wants the best suv on the road. If you drive this car, you will never be able to drive another main brand suv again.

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Steve writes:
2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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Very comfortable SUV. Has enough power with the V6 to tow our camping trailer. We have the third seat option and while they are only good for children we have 7 grandsons that we help haul around to school, soccer etc and it woks fine. Visibility is generally good though the rear headrests create blind spots that you have to watch out for. AWD and 4WD is good for everything but real trail work. With no skid plates I won't take it where I used to take my 4 Runner without a second thought.In heavy snow, mountains and wet it is a stable and safe SUV.

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Little repairs that shouldn't happen. Replaced Radiator at 45 k. Some under hood insulation and seals have come loose and had to be refitted.

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Well Balanced Suv — The overall competence of the Explorer is what we appreciate most about it. Taking grandsons on all day excursions, a day trip to Tahoe or pulling our trailer camping it just gets the job done with little fuss. It is very comfortable. I am over 6'1" and 215 and the seats are comfortable and supportive. Having the radiator issue was frustrating on a modern vehicle at such low mileage. I was very surprised at the compact turning radius. It does it give it capabilities on Forest service roads that I like. If it had skid plates it would be perfect.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Patrick writes:
2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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Has a nice sound system

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Can't think of any

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Great! — Great acceleration and braking for a SUV. Has not need repairs. Exterior looks great, interior could have some re-modeling. I have been averaging around 17.5 MPG! It is very fun to drive, especially off of the road! Get it. You won't be disappointed!

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

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2006 Ford Explorer XLT V8 Review
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Excellent tow vehicle, lots of interior space and comfortable for long trips

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If you don't need the towing capacity mileage is a consideration. Vehicle has a couple of annoying things in 2006 the front door handles were in a awkward position (changed for 2007)  Throttle response is abrupt at low speed making it difficult to drive smothly in a parking lot.

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If You Need To Take A Family Of 5 Camping And Tow A Boat, This Is Your Vehicle. — Performance the 4.6 is rated at just under 300 hp along with the six speed automatic makes for strong performing vehicle. Build Quality has been very good the SUV has 87,000 kms with no issues. With the switch to CUV the vehicle is starting to look dated but we are still happy with it's appearance. Cost of owner ship no maitenance except regular preventative. Mileage is what you would expect I commute 35 kms each way to work about half and half city highway and I get about 13 liters per 100 kms or about 21 mpg. As for fun it is obvioulsy not a sports car but corners and handles well with little body lean

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Dustin writes:
2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 4WD Review
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Near Maintaince Free

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Only one maintance issue

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My Explorer — i love the heated seats! nice and toasty in the winter weather. the only thing i would change bout this Explorer is the Wheels and addition of Fords Sync/ Navigation system. The only problem i have had with my Explorer is, it miss fired once and fouled out a spark plug. other than Regular oil changes it has been problem free for 84000 miles.

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Elizabeth writes:
2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 Review
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rides real well, American truck, very stylish

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gas mileage

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Big Improvemnt Over My Last Vehicle — I definitely like driving my truck. I got it because I didn't trust my jeep on interstate.

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jan93551 writes:
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leather, power, 3rd row seating, great for towing

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gas gets alittle costly

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Love It! — love the car, great for the family lots of power great for towing our quads and seadoo's, smooth riding even over dirt roads, love the rear air and heat plus the sun roof.. roof rack makes for easy storage. plus the keyless entry is a plus.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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

Quick By hunterw26

good suv for mudding and hunting with friends, good off road truck, i like the 4.0 it has good power iv raced my friend and he has a f150 with a 5.0 and beat him its a good truck with good power for a... 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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