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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 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

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

  • 14
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Just bought it for my wife after an extensive research and test drives and she loves it.




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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

our first brand new suv has been a wonderful experience so far, only two weeks in the ownership though but looking good. the dealership i went thru was kind and courteous, thanks Lafayette Ford.




Smart choice

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

After test driving several Japanese and even German SUV's, I bought my Explorer and never looked back. The styling is beautiful, the ride exceptional and the quality better than I could have hoped for on any SUV. I would, and have, recommend this vehicle to anyone wanting a SUV.




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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

It is a great SUV .....never though I would buy one....Love It




Good choice

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Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

So far has been a good buy, very happy with this SUV.



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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

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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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