My first New Car
By Sheilah99 on
2005 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
We bought this new in 2005 and had in shop several times during 36,000 mi warranty for a variety of reasons. Dealership unable to identify weird sound from rear wheel, brakes that comes on after long trips. Decent mileage on road/city: 22/17. Have also experienced rear windows sticking and not able to open in hot TX summer, but working fine now in cooler fall (dealership ignored problem when reported). Now that we're fitting two baby carseats in car, we wish we had more room in backseat so that front seat doesn't have to be pushed forward to fit infant seat. Leather has been great, but experiencing cracking on front seat at sides. Had to replace dealer stereo to accomodate ipod hook- up.
Great size for everyday use/parking. Comfortable for long cross-country trips. Handles roof carrier well. Third row seat is great for extra kids on occasion, but leaves little room in back for luggage/strollers when in use.