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Angry but Fair
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By Timmy T.
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2005 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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4.2L engine with electronic throttle body. No good. When you break into a corner, and then accelerate out the response time was generally 3 seconds. A member of my gun section worked at dealership told me that Ford is aware of the problem, yet has no new "strategies" for the computer, and had been given no indication as to when fix would come. Transmission was in 4 times in 2 months: 1-2 gear "strategies" reprogrammed, 1-2 gear valve body replaced, milky tranny fluid additive added, 2-3 gear valve body replaced, along with 1-2 valve body again. Went lemon law, was offered a collateral exchange, got a '05 Freestar w/3.9L engine. The van was 100% better than the Explorer.


Best Features

Seat/ride very nice. Got to give them that.


Worst Features

Doors wrap around rocker panels. Dumb. In Wisconsin the salty roads kill the doors.


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On the road with my Explorer
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By papadlh
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2005 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased my '05 Explorer used with 32,000 miles. Today I have 93,000 and have had only a couple minor problems. A CD was stuck once but after a restart it came right out. The AC/heat blows in on my leg and should be moved to a different location. The fuel mileage is almost 20 MPG with about 800 LBS of gear and an overhead rack. It is a Flex-fuel vehicle but does not perform as well on E-10. The AdvanceTrac is instantly responsive and would buy another just for this feature alone.


Best Features

AdvanceTrac, fuel mileage


Worst Features

More console storage, improved mileage with ethanol, relocate vents, heated rear view mirrors.


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Great Car So Far
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By Charles
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2005 Ford Explorer SUV XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought mine a couple of months ago. It's a good solid consistent series of vehicles. I've always had them. Actually had leather put in. Mileage isn't that bad. I got it up to 21.1 after four hours on the highway. Gotta have the leather though. Dealer actually put it in fore me. smooth ride, great interior and though it doesn't display it, it will take e85 ethanol!


Best Features

The room, comfort, and safety


Worst Features

City mileage of course, blind spots in the rear windows.


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Great Vehicle
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By richard
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2005 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Have encountered no problems with vehicle. Maintenance costs are very reasonable, much lower than on our non-Ford vehicle. On recent trip from Colorado at 75-80 mph we averaged 21.4 mpg on regular. City driving averages 17.5 mpg. This is a great vehicle and a great value.


Best Features

Quiet and dependable.


Worst Features

Power lift tailgate.


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Not Nearly As Good As Expected
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By michaela
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2005 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Traded in a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo that is sorely missed, for the Explorer in 2006. Instantly regretted the decision. The Explorer is not as comfortable or fun to drive. The gas mileage is worse. There is an electrical problem with the lights that the dealer cannot figure out. The dash cannot be fully lit without the "open door" warning coming on. Now, the rear left window has seized in the down position on a Friday night. It is impossible to manually put the window up, so it cannot be secured until Monday! I miss my Jeep!


Best Features

Third row of seating.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. Better build and electrical systems.


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