Decent Vehicle - Lousy Interior
By Thomas Judge on
2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
This was our 8th consecutive Ford vehicle, and will probably be our last. Overall, this SUV had the potential to be a great vehicle, but an awful interior design and numerous quality issues ruined it. The 4.0L engine and 5-speed trans are terrific. Body style, ride, handling, etc. all very good. Excellent for moderate towing - we towed a boat and dual snowmobile trailer. The interior is awful. Poor hiproom, inaccessible parking brake release, stupid/awkward door pulls. Experienced following failures: broken lumabar mechanism, 4wd motor failed, PB release failed, engine failed to start, shift lever locked in park. Ford botched an otherwise decent vehicle.
Ditch the entire interior and start over. Re-design doors/console to allow some hiproom. Move Parking Brake release within reach of the driver. Replace the seat surface cloth with something that doesn't soak stains like a sponge, and that can actually be cleaned.