2004 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: One year in, and still enjoyin

2004 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 FFV 4x4 5-speed Automatic)

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One year in, and still enjoying it.
By JR on


2004 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


I had a 1995 Explorer when I was in high school and it had been awhile since I'd had an SUV so when we had the great gas crisis of 2008 I thought I could get into another one cheaply. Since I was buying used, I didn't care what the resale value was and this Explorer was a deal I couldn't pass up. It's been trouble free and very handy.

Best Features

Rear hatch - love having the extra-large glass hatch. Door design - never get my pant legs dirty entering/exiting the vehicle. Controls - everything is logically placed.

Worst Features

A cancel button for the cruise control!!!! Also, the transmission leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn't downshift or upshift when I'd like it to, making awkward shifts as well as uncomfortable clunks and revs. This engine would be much more responsive with a better transmission.
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