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2006 Ford Explorer SUV

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Buyer Beware
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By grayquiksilver
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Experienced many of the quality issues others are describing around the radiator and transmission.
All under 75k and only 5 years old.
Recently traded it in and do not regret it.
Fun to drive but way too expensive to keep on the road long term.


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2006 radiator/trans issues
29 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By jrob120
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I'm reluctant to write this review but after the heartache and expensive repairs...I'm compelled to share. I've been a proud fan of the Ford brand for years...and have even sold Ford/Lincoln/Mercury's for two years. With that confidence I purchased a 2006 4x4 Eddie Explorer. Since then I've replaced the radiator twice and now the trans is slipping in drive and reverse. The radiator continues to leak and now the trans drips slowly. There's no place to add trans fluid...must be done at an OEM shop. I can't continue to drive this vehicle. I have a teen driver and will not let her drive this truck for the sincere concern over her safety. Ford do the right thing and recall. Thanks!


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Exterior Look


Worst Features

Recall the defective trans and radiator related issues. Slow dripping leaks from both.


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Great SUV
8 of 26 people found this review helpful
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By mj9011
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)


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Im not sure why all these other people are claiming to have problems because I have never had a single problem! I have owned the car since new and now has 80,000 miles and still runs like new! I will probly have this SUV for a whole lot longer and when I eventually have to get a new car I will absolutely buy Ford again! If you think that cars will never have problems then you are not thinking right. EVERY car will need repairs in its lifetime. THere is no perfect car however I think this explorer is pretty close to perfect.


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The Achilles Heel of the 2006 explorer (Radiator & Transmission)
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By sr_engineer42
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Best 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..


Worst Features

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..


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4 radiators
39 of 42 people found this review helpful
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By cobra10181
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2006 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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OK, I feel your pain. The problem with the 06-07 V6 Eddie Bauer edition is the lower brackets that the radiator sits in. They are 1/4 "to far forward, this puts the radiator in a bind. After thermal expansion and contraction the
the welds in the core give up. This causes a ever so slight leak in the core. Hard to find at first , but eventually becomes much larger. You lose enough coolant to cause a over heating problem which is hard to detect because the coolant level is dropping ever so slightly. The temperature of the engine is rising at the same rate, along with the transmission, remember the trans is cooled through the same radiator. hot motor, hot trans lube breaks down.


Worst Features

elongate lower brackets get rad out of bind.


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