2004 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Look elsewhere

2004 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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By spence on


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


Clunks going into reverse, rear bangs when making sharp corners, front end shakes even with brand new premium tires, rotors warped making brakes pulsate, front end squeaks when going over bumps, rear gate low quality....rattles continually, engine feels disconnected from gas pedal, sliding moonroof cover falls off track, CD's get jammed in player every time, factory speakers are junk. I had a '96 Explorer for ten years. It was the best vehicle I ever owned. So I figured I'd get another after the other was trouble- free for all those years. What a mistake. Stay clear of these vehicles.

Best Features

Keyless entry. I loved the compass and thermometer in the upper console on the old Explorer. Whey did they have to change that? Better engine power than the '96.

Worst Features

Poor quality rear gate, flimsy and light. Prone to breakage. This vehicle was a step down from my '96 model.
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