A functional interior, ample passenger space, strong powertrains and a well-controlled ride all contribute to the 2005 Ford Explorer's well-deserved reputation as a practical midsize SUV with few faults.
by Miranda White on Sep 6, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
This was the vehicle I always wanted, and I got exactly what I had hoped for. It gets great gas mileage off the 4.0L V6 and is comfortable and safe to drive. I have the DVD system and my kids love it. My husband even enjoys driving it. I get a lot of comments on the color which is Ford's new Stone Metallic. I would recommend anyone with a family to buy a Ford Explorer.
by scottk_61 on Aug 20, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
We bought the vehicle and were unable to even leave the dealership. It died right there. The dealership replaced the complete fuel system at Ford's advice which seemed to take care of the problem. Now at 8000 miles, the rear end is shot as well as transmission problems and axle bearing problems. The vehicle is beautiful and rids very nicely ... when it runs.
by Ed on Jul 17, 2005 Vehicle: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
For the price (MRSP $35,300), purchased for $25,454; that can't be beat. Very well built compared to any domestic brand. The only other SUV I would consider over this would be the Honda Pilot, but that costs more for the same features and no rebates. Second Ford, not sure of any problems, the 1st (Mustang '04 GT) had a few. Do hear a weird whinny/whistling sound from time to time and only has 1200 miles in two months so it worries me. Found two interior bits not well attached. The GT was plagued with that too.
The 2005 Ford Explorer receives minor interior and exterior trim changes, and the AdvanceTrac stability control system is upgraded with roll stability control for better protection against rollover accidents.
My 2005 Ford Explorer rear glass door hinges sheared off without warning and injured my hand. Ford is aware of this defect problem--the working hinges supporting this heavy glass door are ordinary pla...
We have been looking for a used 2002-2006 Ford Explorer. On our must haves is the side curtain airbags that protect the front and rear passengers. I am a bit confused as to how to tell what kind of si...