2008 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2008 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 10 reviews

  • Performance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"comfortable car" 3 reviews
"exterior" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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Mikki writes:
2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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5

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Better fuel economy than earlier models .Nice sleek classic ford appearance. Its got a FRAME, not a unibody crumple zone hit it once total it out body.

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the valve body in the transmission  IS an issue with this vehicle at 63000 miles.  SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RECALL - C'mon FORD !
the ignition barrel ALSO is an issue- key sticking, freezing in ignition, also at 63000 miles ... seriously SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RECALL

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Other Than The Two Things That Seem To Go On All Of Them -- Pretty Dam Good 4x4 — 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 the barrel either freezes with the key in it, freezes and doesnt allow the ignition to turn, or triggers the courtesy features, which sends the seat flying back and the interior lights to come on. Imagine this happening on a rainy or snowy night with an inexperienced driver... yep deadly as a chevy cobalt ignition.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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packgulfsun writes:
2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 4WD Review
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Pros

power,comfort,quietness,no rattles,stability when towing

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gas consumption and 2nd row head rests restrict visability unless pushed down.

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Best Explorer Yet — 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 Bauer v8 is nearly perfect,quiet,smooth,classy interior,good power and stability towing and cornering. The exterior looks great and as a heavy duty towing vehicle should. The leather seats are comfortable and my wife loves the adjustable pedals/seat with memory. Here it is 2014 and my 08 Explorer is 6 years old this month.Drive it to Florida every winter for 6 months and the rest of the time in Wisconsin.Love the V8 even though it's a gas hog.Great for pulling boats,interstate driving ,carrying up to 7 people. Had many people offer to buy it since it was the last of the Exp. V8's. Not ready to sell with only 52k miles on it.

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Primary Use: Family transportation

Miles Driven per Year:15,000

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Stevin writes:
2008 Ford Explorer XLT Review
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Great build quality, good gas mileage for a vehicle its size, comfortable, very attractive

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Not extremely powerful

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Great Buy, Great Family Vehicle — The Explorer is a great buy. No problems, the quality is great. The performance is fine for everyday driving, nothing you would take to the drag strip though. Fun to drive, very comfortable. Sync is awesome. It's also a great looking vehicle that looks great in a parking lot at the mall, or on a dirt road. I'm averaging 19 MPG in mixed driving. Overall, I am very impressed and pleased with the Ford Explorer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
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Its a ford.

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I have 49 payments left.

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A Quality, 5 Star Rated Car That Runs Like A Champ. — Inside appearance overall is nice. Real sleek and clean, I have a black interior. Black exterior, all black wish it had a little more chrome coloring besides the grill but then again that's why they have upgrades. Accerlerates pretty decent for the V6, Handles great, and is quiet as can be. Gas Mileage is about 17mpg right now. Better in the summer worse, in the winter.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kory writes:
2008 Ford Explorer XLT V8 4WD Review
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Got a lot of pick me up, fun to drive, plenty of room

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Just a Ford, but, a nice one....and it doesn't take Premium!!! YEAH, been there, done that with a Land Rover, what a pain

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Gas Guzzler...recommend A V6 Over 8, But, Not By Much! — 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 and Tahoe, the Explorer won out over these - takes Regular Gas instead of Premium a big ++. Get's about 15-17 MPG, so, not great, but, okay for a V8. Has a lot of pick me up and certain color packages look really good. Got the Silver Vapor, really like it! And, to top it off, much cheaper to fix over a high end SUV, which will come into play later on....

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Dustin writes:
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looks clean

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getting old

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Clean — Truck is nice, the 7 passenger vehicle makes it easy for all my friends to hop in an take just one vehicle mostly. Loaded interior its a nice truck.

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Donovan writes:
2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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Space
Ride & Comfort
Peppy V6
Good Handling
Good 4WD System

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MPG's
Standard RWD
Cheap Plastics

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Good Show..!! — Good Show..!! I Haven't Made A Repair Yet. Its Fun, & Has Pretty Good Pick Up. I Have A 4WD V6 & I Love Him.. MPG's Are Bad, But That's The Sacrifice You Make With A Big SUV. Visibility Is Great. Built Ford Tough.

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

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Explorer39 writes:
2008 Ford Explorer XLT Review
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Spacious interior with many standard upgrades to give the feel of luxury SUV.  Acceleration was good/smooth, road noise was minimal, and smooth ride for a SUV.

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Illuminated vanity mirror covers break easily

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Great Family Car! — Overall, a very good SUV. Great power/performance, very good towing capacity/capability, lots of interior room, nice styling. It's great SUV because it has everything I need. The V6 is just enough for me, I mainly do city driving. I like the leather quality on the seats. It is very quiet and I love the comfort on the 2nd row.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nosh writes:
2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 4WD Review
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V8 Engine, exterior and towing capacity.

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Fuel efficiency, and interior is all plastic and cheap leather.

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Its Better Then The Old One. — athletic V8 engine but interior is mostly plastic. The exterior looks good, but the headdlights are a bit wide-eyed. This car is good for towing and a good family car for seven. Fuel efficiency is a weakness for the explorer it takes way more then any other V8 in its class.

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bigbabymums writes:
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Its safer than a KIA

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They're junk!

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Ford Explorers (exploders) Are Junk — I work at an Autoparts store, and let me tell you, I see more Ford Exploders and Chevy Crapaliers in there than anything else. Ford is notorious for using 20 different styles of brakes on these vehicles making it very difficult for the do-it-yourselfers. Personally if I had a choice between getting a new Explorer or a bicycle with a flat tire, I'd pick the bike any day of the week

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Reviews From Other Years

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

This SUV was very nice! It felt as nice as some Range Rovers my friends own that are only 5 years old. On that alone I believe this SUV is a great value and worth considering as a buy. I'm not a fan o... Read More

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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

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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