Used 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer SUV Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2006 Ford Explorer - Consumer Reviews

2006 Ford Explorer SUV

Average Consumer Rating

13 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Explorer model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
Over 102,000 miles and still doing well!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By mhs48128
on

Vehicle

2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Never towed a thing with it and that's probably why I have no trany or radiator issues. Also, garaged in winter. Yeah, a minor radiator leak and I'm watching it! Always had a slightly rough truck "ride". Comfortable front buckets. 2nd seat o.k. but 3rd seat is a "pop-up" rumble seat! Only two complaints: A "glass chin" front grille with no real bumper--not front "crashworthy". Stupid orange dashboard idiot messages. Currently lit: tire pressure sensor and gas cap leak & engine light (for same reason), and no way to turn them off permanently. (Must use reset button.) Both useless "errors" and not major. Otherwise, quite reliable. AC still works. Over 102,000 is a good life span, so far!


Favorite Features

Adjustable power driver's seat. 3rd row manual seat. Speed control. Extra power plugs. Fog lights. Bose audio system. Not a feature, but so far, it always starts, and is quite reliable year-round.


Suggested Improvements

A real 5 mph bumper on the front end. A more fuel-efficient engine. Back up radar warnings and cameras. Side avoidance sensors. "Idiot messages" that can be turned off at will.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

The Achilles Heel of the 2006 explorer (Radiator & Transmission)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By sr_engineer42
on

Vehicle

2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I purchased my 2006 explorer in 2007 with 19k miles... It looks sharp and performs very well in traffic and on the interstate. Has a sport car feel imo.. however, the radiator started to leak,, then stopped for some time (seems to leak more in the colder months, not at all in the summer months) this happed at about 100k miles. I have also replace both front (wheel hubs), and the CD player. you can purchase an aftermarket radiator on-line for about $125.. much cheaper than the ford one for about 500.. The other design flaw is the Transmission.. I noticed that now 3rd gear was very shaky.. in the shift... hense the tranny is going .. .. at that point I traded the Ford for a GMC.


Favorite Features

tight handling, good accelleration and control on the interstate.. can get 25 MPG if you keep it under 65.. interior is stylish and sharp..


Suggested Improvements

FORD should improve and recall the radiators, and beef up the tranny.. no excuse for these problems.. none! The CD 6 player,,, will also fail... CDs will get stuck and the unit will have to be replaced..


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

NoMoreFords
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By NoMoreFords
on

Vehicle

2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Thank God for the extended warranty. 3 radiators, 1 A/C, shifter column, back windshield motor, tire sensor, and 4 other problems later I'm done with Ford. Several problems lurking too (transmission, 4 wheel drive). This vehicle is a piece of junk after 20,000 miles. Too bad cause I like the styling. Trading it in soon for a 4Runner. Resale value was surprising positive.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Transmission
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By AmandaP
on

Vehicle

2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I didn't have any problems with this car, in fact, I bragged to my husband all the time about how much I loved it. Then at 55,000 miles I was broke down on the side of the road an hour away from home because the transmission went out with no warning. Then it cost $2,200 to fix it.


Favorite Features

The size is perfect.


Suggested Improvements

Transmission!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

2006 Explorer Issues
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By DeJarnette23
on

Vehicle

2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I bought this Explorer in 12/08 with only 20k miles and it was in pristine shape inside & out. Around 30k miles, I noticed that it would occasionally shift hard into reverse and finally took it in a month ago at 40k miles after reading many of these posts. Needless to say they had to rebuild the tranny, luckily it was under the drivetrain warranty. At 35k miles I replaced the radiator, which appears to be another huge issue with this model. As soon as the warranty is up, this thing is destined for sale or trade.


Favorite Features

Interior, navigation, 3rd row, decent gas mileage, smooth ride


Suggested Improvements

Reliability (Transmission & Radiator) so far


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411