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Original owner of Second Limited
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By Steve
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)


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Wife and I Leased an exact model as the one we have had since 2006. Turned the Leased one in and bought the '06 we have now.
Wife has been the primary driver of the vehicle and it just turned over 86,000 miles. The Custom Carpeted Floor Mats were covered with Clear Plastics mats the same day she got it, so the floor mats have never had shoes on them and the ones in the 3rd row have never even feet on them as nobody ever has been in those seats!
The Rear Air is mostly used to keep groceries cool while getting them home and after 11 years, blows just as icy cold as the Front Dual Controlled Unit! The Rear Entertainment System is still a good diversion from the heat or when hiding from the Honey Do List!
The greatest thing so far is that we STILL have NOT had to replace the Brakes OR Suspension items. Had the Dealership go ahead and do the 100K mile service since the years are causing issues with seal and gaskets, causing lights to come on. Did have to replace the Radiator as the neck just finally gave up. The battery is on its grandson and that is about all for major issues. Had to replace a dead driver's side window motor last year.
At this point, we are considering getting a new vehicle and had thought about getting rid of the Explorer BUT, would still need a second vehicle and since we already OWN this one and with gas prices having dropped, it is MORE likely we will just keep it.
Have shown the wife every SUV/Crossover on the market, even her beloved Explorers (She has had 3 all together) and while she DOES love the New Explorer, she has become infatuated with the New Edge!
Either way, I look forward to keeping this Explorer for a good long time to come!


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Common long term problems related to poor design
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By Bobby
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)


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I've experience the following problems in owning this vehicle during the last 7 years;
- Paint peeling off of the roof
- Leaky cowl seal which leaks rain water into spar plug holes which shorts out the coils, fowls the spark plugs, causing the engine to run rich, overheating the exhaust, warping the exhaust manifolds, breaking the exhaust manifold studs and frying out the catalytic converters. To top it off, the spark plugs get stuck in the head and break off when changing them.
- Cracked plastic radiator tank
- Transmission leaks when parked on a hill and the fluid level can't be checked or topped off from the engine compartment.
- Oxidizing plastic door panels
- Bad moon roof switch caused moon roof to open at random and unable to close.
- CD's stuck in the changer
- Broken e-brake handle
- Broken lumbar adjuster


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Buying a new car
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By LARRY LEWIS
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I know one thing . You won"t get this car for 5000.


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Radiator/transmission repeated problems.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By Brenda B.
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)


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My complaint is to Ford! Why after three (3) radiators being replaced in my 2006 EB Ford Explorer, they never told me they were having trouble with the replacement radiator company! So they kept putting the SAME brand radiator in and charging me labor each time. And AGAIN today, I am facing the same experience! I have been a loyal customer to them....this is the "thank"!


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Great vehicle
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Evelyn
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased it when it was 2 years old been a great suv. Nice styling overall great built like a tank


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