2008 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2008 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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  • 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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bigbabymums writes:
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Its safer than a KIA

Cons

They're junk!

bigbabymums
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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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packgulfsun writes:
2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 4WD Review
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5

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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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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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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:
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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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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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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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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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Reviews From Other Years

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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