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2004 Ford Explorer SUV

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Takes a lickin' - BUT doesn't keep tickin'
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Artanis68
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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We bought this car new and noticed around 80,000 miles things started to go wrong shortly thereafter. 2003 & 2004's are notorious for the ball joints going bad fast. We spent $700 on the front end and then around 109K the back differential going bad. Many Ford forums will tell you that after 80K miles your going to have a lot of expenses as things will begin to go bad in these cars FAST. I personally experienced this as ours started to go downhill very quickly. Traded it in for a Toyota 4Runner - a car that will go well past 100K miles and keep on tickin'.


Best Features

Interior features on this car are nice and we had a DVD player, leather seats and power everything. The leather sadly began to breakdown and look really worn and faded after about 50K miles. Plenty of power outlets for your electrical devices.


Worst Features

Quality, Quality, Quality. I have heard in recent years Ford has made great strides in this area, but as for me I am still leery of any American Made car. I have owned Toyota's, Nissan's and never experienced the disappointment I have with American made vehicles.


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Good overall SUV
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Gearz
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I've had my Explorer for about half a year now and am impressed. It has 122,000 miles on it, the engine doesn't leak, no wear on seats/plastic pieces, and still goes straight down the road. Like with any vehicle if it is taken care of from new, you will not have many problems. Mine is like new after 122,000 miles!


Best Features

Great trip car. Very smooth on highway. Can carry 7 passengers.


Worst Features

Tranny issues have just started for me. Probably around 1800 to replace. But not bad considering it's the only thing that has to be done.


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Transmissions & Rear Differentials
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Rusty
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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I purchased my 2004 Explorer Limited V8 new and have had it back at the dealer more often for repairs than any vehicle I have ever owned. It needed a new rear differential at 32,000 miles, a new transmission at 58,000 miles, and now another new rear differential at 68,000 miles. 68k miles in 7 years isn't exactly hard driving and I haven't ever towed anything. Ford covered the first rear rebuild but the other repair payments came from my ever shrinking wallet. The dealer's service guys are like "oh, yea, those things break all the time". Well, they shouldn't. When will Ford honor its commitment to its customers - "At Ford Quality is Job 1" was their slogan, wasn't it?


Best Features

Nice exterior lines and interior appointments. Powerful motor! Paint has held up well on mine.


Worst Features

Recall these models for transmission repair/replacement and rear differential replacement. Spend the time and money to design the repair to last the life of the vehicle, please. Don't just put in the same defective design. This is what needs to be done to keep your customer base from shrinking.


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Body build needs quality control
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By commentator
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2004 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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The upper part of the tailgate cracked by itself. It cost $350 to get it replaced. The service guy said this happened quite often. Hope Ford will improve body build quality. Please don't change the exterior look. Everybody loves the outside look, but each complains about the gas mileage and minor body problems. I'd like to buy a new Explorer but am waiting for good news about the body build quality and better gas mileage. Is Ford considering a hybrid version?


Best Features

Ride, exterior look, power, cargo space.


Worst Features

Poor quality of tailgate construction. Gas mileage.


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


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By now some of the interior plasic parts are giving out like sun visors or driver seat parts, important stuff. Drive train noises like either bearings or rear end oil. After all it does have 165,000 miles and these things are expected, however ive had Nissan and Toyota whan I was thinner and small vehicles don't work but they lasted forever, its just good for BASIC transportation. Rough ride and cheap.


Best Features

its not so bad yet, will buy again but will fix or maintain elsewhere than ford


Worst Features

replace those plastic parts on visor hinge with metal, and a more reliable radio cd system.


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