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Exceptional Explorer
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By Sam Shafer, Jr.
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Great vehicle, fun to drive on all roads and in all weather. Wonderful utility, best utility of any mfg in type class. Good service experience at dealer. Reasonable economy for this type vehicle given what is available on the market today. Has Class II hitch and tow package, handles trailers very well. Great brakes - lasted 50,000 miles before replacing pads on front, rears still on. Great overall vehicle and we checked all makes prior to buying this Ford product.


Best Features

Zippy 4.0 V-6, good computer control of transmission and torque converter, great suspension-not much to improve upon-great cornering ability, very stable, always sense the car is under you to stay


Worst Features

There is more to be obtained from the existing motor and transmission by modifying the ecu computer settings. Should be done although not bad as it is now, just could be better and even more fun to drive. HVAC vents to driver and passenger foot wells badly out of balance, too much heat on passenger.


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Ford Tough
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Gina C
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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The 2004 Explorer XLS is a great deal for the money. The new body style brought in with the 2000 model adds much more stability and roominess to the vehicle. I am still surprised by its great turning radius, particularly for its size. Sound system is great. Cabin in surprisingly quiet cruising through town, but there is noise when driving on the freeway, as it isn't very aerodynamic. There does need to be an improvement upon gas mileage - the Explorer's Japanese competitors are much better in this area.


Best Features

Great sound system and all the standard features (i.e. tinted windows, A/C, power doors/windows, anti-theft, cruise control, etc.).


Worst Features

Gas mileage needs to be better - but, I am of that opinion of all vehicles. Rear A/C should be standard on all body trim styles, as should the luggage rack crossbars. And, fix the darn gas guage meter - it is often slow to update after refueling and is just annoying.


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so far so good
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By sgtswife3kids
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Sporty sturdy truck, rides like a car. My first Ford - didn't know what to expect, but we are loving it.


Worst Features

Wider back seat.


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Great Car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By mitchr77
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Very comfortable ride. Plenty of storage and front seat space.


Best Features

Seats


Worst Features

Gas Mileage


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my ford
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By alec4455
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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it is a fun car to dive around town and take kids to places


Best Features

the cd player


Worst Features

everything


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