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Starting to have small issues
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By DW
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Still drives like new at 63000 miles however had to have the water pump replaced and right after pulling out from the dealer about a week later my engine light went on they claimed it would cost $700 for the repairs but the SUV still ran great! Um I wonder after complaining and basicly stopping short of accusing them for this, I dropped it off at the dealer and after picking it up the light now goes off after starting the vehicle! Ummmm I wonder if I was not mechanically inclined person I would of paid the $700?


Best Features

A/C Smooth ride.


Worst Features

Needs a little refinement on the inside.


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Should have bought extended warrenty
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By mlogan03
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased my 2004 Explorer new in December of 2003. I bought the basic XLS model and planned on using it for the short drive to work and the occasional trips out of town. It has been reliable until just last week when the ABS light, Service Engine, and the wrench light all came on at the same time. The cruise control also failed. The throttle body had to be replaced along with the rear wheel speed sensor. The vehicle has 32,000 miles and has been driven with care. Somewhat disappointed with the vehicle. Fortunately the Ford Service here was quite professional and had the vehicle back running in a couple of days.


Best Features

Liked the wider, exterior design compared to the older models. Easy to operate cruise control. Good gas mileage for an SUV, averaged 18.5 MPG.


Worst Features

Better quality and dependability. 5 yr 50,000 mile warranty would be nice to show that Ford is serious about making a quality production and not just BS on commercials.


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


Review

Just coming up to 50,000 miles, not much to complain about. Still have original tires and brakes on the vehicle. Needs a little more refinement on the inside. The 2007 took care of that otherwise still happy.


Best Features

A/C is ice cold. Great for the heat down here in the south.


Worst Features

Inside.


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


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Great SUV so far - 47000 miles and still going, I still have the original tires with more miles to go. No problems since day 1.


Best Features

Smoothness.


Worst Features

Back seat is a little uncomfortable, needs the back of the seat to recline back a little more.


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By JW
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

So far nothing but carefree driving. Getting about 18 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway...not bad for an suv.


Best Features

Basically all of the suv.


Worst Features

Needs a little more refinement on the inside.


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