2008 Ford Explorer Overview


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Eddie Bauer
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Eddie Bauer V8
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Avg. Price: $14,092
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Avg. Price: $17,427
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Avg. Price: $10,818
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Avg. Price: $12,600
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Best Explorer Yet by packgulfsun
 — This is my 2nd Explorer,I still have the '97 which has 100k miles on it and is running great. I don't like the iac control on the 97 and the rough idle/clicking noise it's had forever. The new Eddie ... Read More
Gas Guzzler...recommend A V6 Over 8, But, Not By Much! by Kory
 — Looking for plenty of room for all the kiddies or extra people, fun to drive and "cheaper" on the pocketbook over other SUV's? This was a good middle ground. Was looking at the BMW X5, Volvo, Audi a... Read More
Other Than The Two Things That Seem To Go On All Of Them -- Pretty Dam Good 4x4 by Mikki
 — I dont like the fact that Ford didnt recall the vave body on the transmission. Its ridicuous to have this go at 63000 to the tune of a 1000.00 repair .... There is a SERIOUS ignition issue, where th... Read More

2008 Ford Explorer Overview

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2008 Ford Explorer

Ford expanded the Explorer lineup for 2008 to include no fewer than 12 configurations, including XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited versions, each of which can be equipped with optional four-wheel drive and a choice of V6 or V8 engine.  

In addition, Ford Motor Company added a number of new features for 2008. The Explorer holds the honor as the first Ford vehicle with a new capless fuel filling system (available late in the model year), which opens and closes automatically when drivers insert or extract a fuel pump nozzle. It also provides a tighter seal than a typical gas cap, according to Ford.

New standard equipment for 2008 also includes Ford's Safety Canopy system, which consists of a rollover sensor and side curtain airbags. In addition, late in the 2008 model year, the Explorer will be available with a new technology option called Sync, a communications connectivity system that enables hands-free access to cell phones and MP3 players through the Explorer's audio system.

The 2008 Explorer also sports three new exterior colors, including Stone Green, Vapor Silver, and White Suede.

The 2008 Ford Explorer comes with either a 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower or an optional 4.6-liter V8 that generates 292 horsepower. Beyond that, standard features and options are varied and can be extensive, depending on the trim package.

No matter which Ford Explorer you get, it will guzzle gas. Also, Stephen Colbert has called the Explorer his favorite car a few times.


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Ford Explorer Questions

Allison Hartley

What's Causing My 2008 Ford Explorer To Not Crank After Fuel Fill Up?

Over the past couple weeks every time I've put gas in my Explorer, when I crank it, it acts like it is going to stall out. So I decided to fill it up. When I filled it up, it did the same thing except...

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When Receiving Service Rsc Now Message From Explorer 2008; Which Spare Part...

When receiving SERVICE RSC NOW message from explorer 2008; which spare parts are subject of replacement

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Have The 2008 Eddie Bauer Explorers Had Transmission Problems

We bought ours 3 1/2 yrs ago & are having to replace the transmission at a whopping $4000. It has just under 72,000 so is not in warranty.

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Dario San

How Good Is The Suspension

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I Have 2008 Ford Explorer, I Have A Problem With The Thermostat. It Was Wor...

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