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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All 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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (9 total reviews)


Great vehicle to own

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Limited AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Fun to drive on road. handles like a sport car, and would not change a thing on it.




Owner of a 2004 ford

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Limited AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Very enjoyable vehicle to drive, lots of horsepower, love the moonroof, love the fog lights, no problems with the performance




Will buy another one

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Limited AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

I enjoy the comfort and ease of driving this vehicle in all types of weather and driving conditions. By far this is one of the best SUV's I have owned.




Ford limited explorer

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Limited AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Excellent SUV and excellent quality! Well built, attractive, powerful, reliable, rich-looking yet affordable, spacious, comfortable, American made, road and off-road friendly, room for the whole family, many extras, sharp! I highly recommend this vehicle.




Driving my explorer

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Limited AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

our experience with the 2003 explorer we purchased so far is excellent we have had no problems of any kind, we have had it about 6 months and put 10000 miles on it. we had 2 expeditions before buying this but we found it will do the job just as well especilly for my wife because she is a short person and really likes the smaller vehicle better, so we give this car at this point an excellent report




Stylin'

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer Limited AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)

Overall this is a very sharp looking vehicle and I get lots of excellent comments. It handles better than the Explorer Sport I had previously. It feels like it is stuck to the road and can handle anything. The V8 gives me all the power I need and the AWD gives me peace of mind. I will definately buy another one.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
/
  • 18
  • highway
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