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2004 Ford Explorer Overview

The 2004 Ford Explorer was the first to be offered with Ford's Advance Trac antiskid system for all models (available as an option on the XLS, and standard on the XLT, NBX, Eddie Bauer, and Limited trims). This was just the latest addition to the safety features with which Ford had laden the Explorer: the SUV also came standard with anti-lock brakes and specially designed passenger seatbelts; side-curtain airbags were an often-recommended option.

The concern with safety carried over into other aspects of the 2004 Explorer. Buyers had the choice of rear-wheel, four-wheel, and all-wheel drives; the Control Trac 4WD system provided an added degree of refinement, enabling drivers to choose between automatic and high-power four-wheel drive depending on road conditions.

The '04 Ford Explorer also provided plenty of choices under the hood, with two V-6 engines (a 160-horsepower basic model, and a single overhead cam V6 that put out 205 horsepower) and a 239-horsepower 4.6 liter Triton V-8 engine on offer.

Despite all that engineering wizardry, though, the keys to the '04 Explorer's domination of the SUV market were most likely its roomy interiors (seating five adults comfortably, with a third-row seat option to take capacity up to seven), its impressive cargo capacity (up to 88.1 cubic feet for the five-passenger versions), and its reputation for being "built Ford tough".

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Radio An Door Lock

My 2004 Ford Explorer all of a sudden when I lock the door the driver side automatically unlocks and the radio comes on and it will make a beeping sound I cut the radio off but when I hit the l...

Electrical Issues

I have this weird problem with my Explorer where I go to turn the key and I find it randomly dead. Both the alternator and battery have been replaced within the past year but hasn’t fixed the prob...

Heat Blows Cold In 2004 Ford Explorer

Has 4.0L, V6 engine. When air comfort controls are set to heat it blows cool/cold air forcefully -- always when idling and sometimes when driving. When the engine is working hard while driving, it blo...

Will 4.0 Go Into A 2004 Ford Explorer In Place The 4.6 Motor?

What Other Engines (for Example A Ford Ranger) Are Interchangeable With A 2...

I have a 2004 4.0L Ford Explorer which threw a rod. I am having a hard time finding a reasonably priced replacement engine. Is there another Ford engine I could look at also that is interchangeable ...