2004 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: CRAP

2004 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 FFV 5-speed Automatic)

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By Mad on


2004 Ford Explorer XLT Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Week #1 I had to return vehicle to dealer because the tranny slipped. Over the course of 4 years (till the warranty expired) it was back 8 times due to tranny probs. It was not until I got the States Attorney's office involved did Ford repair it. Since then I've had to have a rear differential/axle seal replaced, the left rear wheel bearing is shot and now I cannot drive it because the harmonic balancer imploded! Ford say that they cannot sell a replacement because there is a National shortage....approx 5,000 suv's need the part and non are avail (manufacter went belly up). I found one in a junk yard! Oh yea, the cruise control was a recalled and replaced. Still doesn't operate.

Best Features

Interior and ride with 17" wheels.

Worst Features

Ford should recall the trannys, the differential (replace the 2 piece seals with the single piece seal) and recall the harmonic balancers (before the main bearings and seals explode!
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