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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 239 hp @ 4750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Ford Explorer

  • A functional interior, ample passenger space, strong powertrain and a well-controlled ride all contribute to the 2004 Ford Explorer's well-deserved reputation as a practical midsize SUV with few faults.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent ride and handling characteristics for a truck-based SUV, strong optional V8, comfortable cabin with user-friendly layout and seating for up to seven, good crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Dull cabin design with some low-grade materials, low resale value, confusing controls on highline models, lousy fuel economy.

  • What's New for 2004

    Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control that was previously available on V8 models only is now available on all models, except the XLS and XLS Sport and all AWD models. The NBX version now comes standard with the off-road package and "NBX" tailgate badging, and can be ordered with a moonroof. Limited and Eddie Bauer models get a quad bucket seating option when equipped with the third-row bench, which adds second-row buckets and a floor console. Family buyers of the 2004 Ford Explorer should note that the optional rear air conditioner no longer requires the purchase of the third-row seat. Finally, a tire-pressure monitoring system is now standard on XLS Sport and higher trim levels, and a rear cargo shade is optional on XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited models.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
/
  • 18
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Loved it at first, but

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

When I first got this vehicle, I really liked it. After 8 years and 85,000 miles, I am ready to move on. Too many small problems like the visors that keep breaking, the cracked plastic on the back hatch, and a couple expensive repairs that should not have been necessary. I take good care of my vehicles and do all the maintenance. It's just some poor build quality starting to show through. Almost every 2004 Explorer has had these same problems and Ford will not acknowledge them nor address them. It's too bad because other than these annoyances it really is a nice vehicle.




How long should plastic last?

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

We have had overall good luck with our Explorer. The major problem is that many plastic parts have failed which require costly fixes. Both plastic anchors on the right and left sun visors broke which resulted in the complete replacement of the visors. The plastic lift ring on the floor cover broke which required a whole new cover. The most annoying piece of plastic that has broken twice ($350) has been the plastic panel just below the rear window. I have noted that many Explorers are driving with this piece broken. Ford has a "policy" not to replace them which leads me to believe that Ford is not living up to its reputation as customer friendly.




Transmission problems

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I bought this car with 40,000 miles on it and with service records. 6 months later the Transmission was shot and I spent $2,300 having that rebuilt. 18 months after that the Transmission is starting to slip and the service engine light is on. All I want to do is trade in this hunk of junk for something that isn't going to make me worried that I am going to have to drop $2,000 every year or so on repairs.




It's my third one

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

GREAT OVERALL SUV, THIS IS MY 3RD EXPLORER. SOLID AND FUN TO DRIVE.




Love it!

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Should have bought one of these a long time ago.




Another great ford

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

This is the first SUV I have ever owned. I have owned a Ranger, F-150, Mstang and now an Explorer and this veh. is great. A week after the purchase took a 1000 mile road trip. The ride was perfect.



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Full 2004 Ford Explorer Review

What's New for 2004

Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control that was previously available on V8 models only is now available on all models, except the XLS and XLS Sport and all AWD models. The NBX version now comes standard with the off-road package and "NBX" tailgate badging, and can be ordered with a moonroof. Limited and Eddie Bauer models get a quad bucket seating option when equipped with the third-row bench, which adds second-row buckets and a floor console. Family buyers of the 2004 Ford Explorer should note that the optional rear air conditioner no longer requires the purchase of the third-row seat. Finally, a tire-pressure monitoring system is now standard on XLS Sport and higher trim levels, and a rear cargo shade is optional on XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited models.

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Talk About The 2004 Explorer

2004 Ford Explorer Discussions See all Started By

chrisgritz
chrisgritz
08-21-2014
Hey guys so i bought a 2004 Ford Explorer and it currently has 134k miles on it. I have been giving it its TLC since i have gotten it and now its time for the tranny fluid/filter change. I called seve...


kasrhp
kasrhp
05-14-2009
Currently, I own a 2004 F-150 Lariat supercrew. My wife is pregnant, so I am looking to get something safer and more usable(dont really use the "truck" part much). Im looking for a 4x4 with ...


crockies99
crockies99
12-20-2013
I bought a 2004 Ford Explorer 4wd eddie bauer edition with 98000. I payed 3800 for it from my Aunt and Uncle. A week later it needs a new transmission. Cost 2400. They said they would make it righ...



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