2005 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Explorer does work but is no J

2005 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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Explorer does work but is no Jaguar
By bonschmidt on


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


Recently hit 116k miles. I started driving it around 112k. I drive this SUV as hard as I drive my 2001 Jaguar XJ8. I whip it around corners, accelerate hard, weave it through the twists at high speeds and the Explorer takes it all pretty well... but doesn't give me feedback like the Jag does. It doesn't react, and driving is not enjoyable as much as it is scary. I freak out and feel like I'm losing control of it, something I've never experienced in the XJ8. But the Explorer is resilient. The transmission has handled my coasting-in-neutral practice, high speed travels and incessant shifting well. With my driving style, abominable gas mileage is not just occasional, its expected.

Best Features

Backseat windows go all the way down! No safety stop! Inexpensive to repair. Tows well. Easy to clean.

Worst Features

Better gas mileage. More responsive.
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By jessijames
on 08/22/12 06:37 AM (PDT)

To Bonschmidt- Of course it doesn't handle like a Jaguar. It's not made to. It's like a thoroughbred and a clydesdale. A thoroughbred is built for speed and a clydesdale is built for strength.

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