2005 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Disenchanted

2005 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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By WannaFord? on


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


I purchased my Explorer (XLT-V8) new back in 2005, and had a great time with it the first two years. Then last year, started noticing the truck would "lurch" when shifting gears, or going into reverse. It was out of warranty when I took it in to the dealer to have the transmission looked at and was told it would cost me at least $2500 just to have the solenoid replaced and the transmission inspected, with potential additional costs. Took it to Aamco and had the transmission rebuilt. Runs great now, but now the AC comes and goes and cruise control is fickle. Have dumped about $5 grand into it in the last 6 months, and am now looking at trading it in for a Toyota!

Best Features

Room...Oodles and oodles of room. Acceleration is awesome. Exterior styling is great!

Worst Features

Transmission is awful. Fix the Cruise Control.
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