We bought our Explorer in 2005 new.
It ran great for 36,000 miles.
It now has 68,000 miles.
The best gas mileage we have gotten is 18 hwy/11 city with a constant average of 14.6.
NOT very desirable.
No repairs, just regular maintenance for 3 years.
Shortly after 36,000 miles we had problems with the reverse: going into reverse and going from reverse into drive.
It would take about 3 to 5 seconds for the gears to catch and move the car.
After a new transmission everything else started to go wrong.
Interesting that until we took it to the dealer we had no other problems! The blinkers work intermittently, the rear windows work sometimes or NOT and the leather is cracking sides/edges.
The SUV is leather seats are comfortable in back and front. Lots of leg room for me in back, not so much my tall husband.
I like the look of the SUV. I like the dash, NO sun reflection!
Better gas mileage!
The new HD trucks get better gas mileage!
Better made transmission.
2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)
We bought this vehicle to tow a 5,500lb boat and it does it easily and safely.
We had bad reliability previously with a Ford Windstar and were reluctant to buy Ford again. But the Explorer fit into our garage (vs. the competing & huge GM products with 3rd row seating), had more than adequate tow specs, and had a nimble feel due to the independent supension.
6 yrs and 70,000 miles later we couldn't be happier. It has required only minor repairs, oil, brakes, etc.
It rides smooth and quiet at xway speeds and is a powerful tow platform (glad we bought the V8).
Gas econ is 16 - 18 which is acceptable given the fact that this is actually a heavy body-on-frame truck vs. the hybrids which are n
Smooth powerful ride, solid feel, great handling on steep surfaces such as boat ramps.
Excellent traction with 4x4 high setting in deep snow.
Very short turn radius - reasonably easy to park.
Paint and finish has held up exceptionally well.
Can Haul 4x8 sheet goods on a diagonal.
Some controls are non-sensical.
Seat heater controls are on the outboard sides of both front seats rather than on the console and are not easily distinguishable from the feel of other buttons and knobs.
Info center reports erroneous tire pressure faults which is annoying.
Wiper controls are goofy. Console lids feel cheap and flimsy.
Has 7,200lb towing spec and yet came with only a class 1 hitch (I had to upgrade at my expense??).
We bought our used '05 explorer in late 2006. It is an XLT model with the V6. It does NOT have four wheel drive. So far,it has been an okay form of basic transportation. The interior is boring. Ditto for the exterior. As time has gone on, more things have broken on it,but that's what happens with older cars,so you can't quite say it's a money pit. The fuel economy is below average but not appalling. The worst parts are clearly the ride and the A/C. In Florida,the A/C is the most important feature in any car. Also-the CD player randomly swallowed a disc and won't spit it out. This was an attractive car in '06 but now you would probably be better off setting fire to your money.
Do not buy a 2002-2005 Ford Explorer. Had I read the reviews on the internet under "peeling paint" I would not now own the vehicle with peeling paint along the front hood. It is bubbled and peels off in sections the size of 50 cent pieces. It looks terrible. Mine is not peeling on top or back (YET) but many, many are. The company refuses to do anything about the peeling problem. There are even some articles saying it is about the paint oxidizing and causes it to peel. Still no help from dealerships or company. A five year old car should not be peeling- -no rust the paint is just falling off in chunks. It looks awful! Never will buy another Ford!
Style, weight of vehicle. No mechanical problems
Recall them and fix the paint peeling. It can't be good to see these ugly cars driving around when they are fairly new but rusting and chunks falling off paint.
2005 Ford Explorer XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)
We've had the truck since 06 with 20,000 miles we now have 100,000 and have only changed the fluids on it regularly. We had one issue with the heating dial on the dash, but otherwise has been one of the most reliable and solid SUV's we've ever owned including our Toyota and Nissan. We'll probably just keep it, put another 100k on it and pass it on to our kids!