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WoW ford hit a home run!!
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Ford Lover
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2008 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)


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This car is amazing!!! I drive it for work all around the city and it gets 18.9 mpgs overall!!! This car has great power and pick up. I like to brag that I always beat those Bmw suvs out of the traffic lights! Its got a very nice interior 9 cup holders but don't use them i pack people it in all the time and love to take it off road!!! no problems and a sunny future together!


Best Features

I love the sync system its great and the style is way better than the explorers in the past. Great turning radius and handling.


Worst Features

the stability control on ice has this pumping of the gas i don't understand why but it doesn't really help.


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software problems
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By classy chic
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2008 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)


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So I just bought my 2008 ford explorer last friday, january 30, 2010. When I come to a complete stop it the car jerks. Sometimes when I am at 70mph or higher it jerks also. I talk to ford about it and they said that the software in the transmission needs to be re-programmed. I have a 3 yr warranty, but it is still very inconvenient to have to already take the suv back to get something fixed and I just bought it. After reading the reviews and hearing about all the radiator problems, I guess I better prepare myself for this pretty soon. Ford should be more wise on the certain parts they put on vehicles, because when you have so many other people with similar problems, that's a big problem!!


Best Features

The chrome on the door handle and shift gear. The room inside the car.. The V8 engine.


Worst Features

Ford you should do better when building these vehicles. It is very inconvenient when you have millions of people complaining of the same problems.


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disappointed
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By redstang
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2008 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Had a '96 Explorer V6 RWD, 185000 miles and ran good. Decided it was time to update, now have an 08 RWD V6, 4 speed auto with O/D. The 96 got 22 mpg highway, 08 lucky to get 20 mpg. The seat/steering is difficult to get in a comfortable position, steering lever knob way down under, tough to find and tougher to set in an exact position. Turn signal lever is high behind the steering wheel, fumble to find it. Idiot light for battery, reset button for mileage, etc is in indiotic position on dash, diappointed obviously with interior design of dash, etc. The '96 egronomically, was much more user friendly. '08 ride is nicer and traction control helpful in winter conditions.


Best Features

Headlamps great improvement over the '96. Tiny console does not hold much, no place for change or small items you don't want to lose in the bottom of the console. Cup holders on the back end of the console can be a nuisance to driver/passenger.


Worst Features

Make the interior designers drive one of these for a few years to get an idea of how screwed up the dash, console is. I had very good luck with the '96 Explorer (185000 miles, 22 mpg highway) so went with another. Am disappointed but I can adjust and hope to get 185000 out of this one.


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Piece of Car
1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By sdexplorer
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2008 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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First family SVU. Thought of buying XTerra but decided to stick with american built.


Best Features

Lots of room in the interior


Worst Features

Air Conditioner sticks bad, a lot of outdoor noice heard inside, crappy interior materials. Tire sensor will not reset itself after replacing tire. Big mistake to purchase vehicle


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Ford Explorer - poor design and quality
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By TKenn
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2008 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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1. Roll-over alarm goes off at 20 mph on straight road. Dealership said it was a "short" in the system. 2. Both Vanity Mirror covers broke off allowing the light to stay on and drain battery. Dealership replaced with visors having cuts in the fabric. 3. Tail light assembly missing both attaching screws. 4. Eyelash (decorative trim at wheel area) pulling away from body. 5. Oil changed - but the oil indicator was not reset. Found out the oil indicator only tracks mileage and time - not actual oil life. Second Explorer - same visor problem. Paint failure. Technicians failed to reset oil indicator.


Worst Features

Ford needs to use same dashboard configuration - waste of training, inventory and design.


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