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By lariat04
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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bought my wifes explorer in 2006, with 9400 miles. at about 20,000 miles the tranny started hitching, we ignored it until got so bad we couldnt drive it.had the tranny rebuilt for 2,500 bucks. come find out there were a lot of 03,04 with the same problem. ford should have had a recall on these, if your looking at these yrs make sure u ask about the trannys! other hen that my wife loves her explorer, we live in maine and it it does great in snow


Favorite Features

handles great in snow, plenty of power,sporty looking


Suggested Improvements

should of had better transmissions


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Everything You Didn't Expect
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By memartin7
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

We bought our Explorer new, having owned both generations prior. This is by-far our favorite, and still sits in our driveway next to our 2007 Explorer today. We use ours for a daily driver and could not ask for a better vehicle given our needs. We have driven the majority of the time trouble free, but once we hit around the 110,000 - 125,000 mile marker, we started running into some issues, which is normal repairs that come with age. And despite the infamous transmission and tailgate cracking, we have encountered neither - but are aware that the problems exist. I would definitely purchase another one without hesitation. It's definitely a vehicle you will enjoy and want to keep.


Favorite Features

Reverse Sensing System (RSS) - Power Adjustable Pedals - Power Sunroof - Single DVD Overhead Monitor - 2nd Row Captains Chairs w/ Console - 3rd Row Seating.


Suggested Improvements

(Interior) One improvement would be the seat quality. The leather seems to wear prematurely, but can be fixed or replaced to a new/like new condition. Also, the seat padding for the back is a little thin for the front compared to other vehicles in it's class. (Mechanical) One improvement would be to put a serviceable transmission back in the vehicle. But, you can modify (with instructions) on how to change the fluid and service it anyways. It will cost around a $100 for the tools and labor needed.


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2004 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6 @124,000
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By flyhigh1988
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLT AWD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


Review

Bought the truck in June of 2008 with 40K. Things I have absolutely had to replace:Rear axle bearing seal ($40), thermostate for radiator with seal (20), both front wheel bearings (250 a piece). Things that were wants not needs:Throttle body (700), cruise control cutoff switch (50), 4 motorcraft shocks and 8 ball joints total, front upper and lower and rear lower, front sway arm bushings (bushings wore out around 50K, buy moog bushings, Ford material is for the bushings is poor) ($600-700 for suspension parts) AC vent door components (300). AC was blowing cold air but the doors were stripped and the air was being blocked because they were not opening properly. This happened around 50K.


Favorite Features

Its a descent ride...lots of hesitation with the throttle response tho. Ford has issues with the throttle bodys and have since made them an "upgraded part." Cleaning them will not solve the hesitation issue. Its $700.00 from Ford but fixes the hesitation. This was more of a want and not a need but wow it helped a lot. I have had the new throttle body about 12K and its doing fine. It was something about the old ones didnt have proper spacing in certain areas and were making wear spots inside? Also the material for uses for its front sway arm bushings is subpar I believe. Bushing made a squeaky noise when going over speed bumps. Moog is what I replaced them with along with the ball joints.


Suggested Improvements

The AC fresh air blend doors and acutators that open the doors. These are 2 of the main problems with these models. The gears that open the blend air doors on the acutators are plastic and strip out and the doors themselves are also plastic and break. Im not sure if its cheap plastic or a design flaw. Unfortunately its a real pain to get back in there to repair these areas. The parts were $300 total from Ford. I just had it fixed recently. Some owners have had there vechicle for 200K and never had this issue and some owners like me it broke at 50K. Also the replacement throttle bodys are upgraded parts. Cleaning them will not solve the issue. Its $700.00 from Ford but fixes the hesitation.


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By mikes201487
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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This car was lousy!!! Horrible experience, went thru so much with this. Well at 124,000 exactly the engine blew, so it was totled. the exale blew as well at 117,000 so this was a big problem this suv. made such loud noises no idea why, fuel was horrible...only thing it was comfortable. I have a ford mustang at 131,000 which is a 2002 with absoutly no problems whats so ever. I bought this suv at 57,000 and lasted till 124,000. NEVER AGAIN!


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Doh!
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By honkalu
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased @ 83,000 miles. Replaced the crank shaft pulley, now the radiator is leaking. After reading about other problems and shelling out over a grand in my first year of ownership, I am considering selling. Have an 2002 civic I have done nothing to with 130,000 miles


Favorite Features

Rear a/c, roomy, third row


Suggested Improvements

Build a more reliable product.


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