2005 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Not Nearly As Good As Expected

2005 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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Not Nearly As Good As Expected
By michaela on


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


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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