Used 2006 Ford Explorer

$6,965 - $8,995
2006 Ford Explorer

2006 Highlights

Ford treats the Explorer to a number of significant improvements for 2006. Styling has been updated with a bolder grille treatment, a new tailgate and more attractive taillights. Interior furnishings get an upgrade, too, and additional sound insulation results in a supremely quiet cabin, while a stiffened frame and new shocks provide even better ride and handling characteristics than before. Ford tweaked the 4.0-liter V6 to cut smog-forming emissions by 74 percent and a new three-valve 4.6-liter V8 replaces last year's two-valve version. A six-speed automatic transmission is also new, and comes standard with the V8 engine. Trim levels are simplified, and front-seat side airbags, AdvanceTrac stability control and Roll Stability Control are now standard on all Explorers.


  • Excellent ride and handling characteristics for a truck-based SUV, strong optional V8, comfortable and quiet interior with user-friendly layout, standard Roll Stability Control.


  • Low resale value, lousy fuel economy.

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Used 2006 Ford Explorer for Sale

Ford Explorer 2006 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Black Clearcoat 94,890 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerEddie Bauer
Est.Loan: $143/mo
Ford Explorer 2006 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Black Clearcoat 57,000 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerLimited
Est.Loan: $237/mo
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This Ford EXPLORER LIMITED Disability Equipped 1 Owner Low is an excellent value for the money and is priced to move! Buyer confidence is more important than ever these days which is why we at Best Auto of Manassas INC have the title records to prove this car is a one-owner vehicle. Miles play a big role in purchasing a vehicle, and this EXPLORER LIMITED Disability Equipped 1 Owner Low's mileage reads low at 57,000. We have confirmed that the previous owner was not a smoker. It has also been meticulously maintained, and we have the complete SERVICE HISTORY to prove it. Like all the vehicles that we sell, this one has been through a thorough MULTI-POINT INSPECTION by our skilled technicians to be certain that it is of the highest quality. The body is perfect and straight as a pin and has never been wrecked. Looking for power? Look no further! This 4.0L 6 cyl engine has all the power that you want in a vehicle. The 4.0L 6 cyl engine gives good performance and saves on gas too. You will love the feel of the sports tuned suspension as you cruise gracefully through even the toughest of twists and turns. Two things essential to every king was his castle and royal carriage. While getting your own castle may be a bit of a challenge, you can still travel like a royalty. Be your own king behind the wheel of this Ford EXPLORER LIMITED Disability Equipped 1 Owner Low. You've heard of the old saying, "Everything but the kitchen sink?" Well, to be fair, there simply wasn't room for anything else on this fully equipped Ford EXPLORER LIMITED Disability Equipped 1 Owner Low. Everything under the hood is in perfect shape thanks to our multi-point inspection that every vehicle on our lot undergoes. We have made sure that this Ford has kept its same faultless beauty as when it first rolled out the factory doors. The condition of the interior will have you believing that you just bought a brand new car. Our inspection of this car confirms that all major mechanical features are in great shape and ready to go. Ask about getting a free CARFAX report on this or any other vehicle that we have for sale. Our CARFAX CERTIFIED dealership is dedicated to ensuring that you not only drive away happy but confident that the vehicle you are purchasing stands up to CARFAX's rigorous standards. Check out the included CARFAX report which shows this car to be a one-owner vehicle. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, so we offer an optional extended warranty at a very affordable price. Just ask for the details. Following our company policy of building customer confidence, we offer a flexible BUY HERE - PAY HERE payment assistance program that will keep you driving without the stress of high payment plans. Call us now to find out how our GUARANTEED FINANCING program will put you in this ride today! Don't want to stress about high payments? We can help qualified buyers get low payments. Call us at (703) 367-0402 to find out more. The price we have set is way below BLUE BOOK, so it definitely won't last long. Come swing by today and check out this great deal, we are only minutes from Fredericksburg! Runs great and drives like new. Powerful, luxurious ride. Fully loaded interior. Power everything! Actual miles. Hard-to-find model! Perfect family vehicle. Perfect first car!

Ford Explorer 2006 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A) 159,312 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerLimited
Est.Loan: $110/mo
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Dark Blue Pearl Clearcoat Metallic Camel leather114,789 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerXLT
Est.Loan: $184/mo
M&M Auto
48.3 mi away
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Thank you for choosing M & M Auto ! This 2006 Ford Explorer XLT is a beauty! Look at all the features! Never get lost again with this vehicle's GPS Navigation system! Stay comfortable with Automatic Climate Control There is room for all your friends to sit with a 3 Passenger Rear Seat! Anti-Lock Braking System ensures a smooth stop. Stay on the road with Traction Control!

Black Clearcoat 70,519 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerXLT
Est.Loan: $172/mo
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$232 Below Market
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Used 2006Ford ExplorerLimited
Est.Loan: $98/mo
Reality Auto Sales
53.6 mi away
152,759 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerLimited
Est.Loan: $90/mo
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Pueblo Gold Clearcoat Metallic 0
Used 2006Ford ExplorerXLS
Est.Loan: $82/mo
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$110 Below Market
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WARRANTY......PRICE BELOW KBB VALUE.....ASK FOR MILITARY SPECIAL.....WE BUY CARS....BRING IN YOUR CAR FOR AN APPRAISAL....ALL POWER.........GOLD exterior and TAN interior .Features include.........CD player ..power sunroof..power window power doorlock keyless entry alarm A/C Heat ready to go price includes 6 month/6000 mile warranty please give us a call at 703-629-9371 or or 540-582-8151 TAX ID PROGRAM AVAILABLE.......GUARANTEED  credit approval **** 6 month/6000 mile warranty on all vehicles.. ....   .prices may change with out notice price exlcudes $299 processing fee we don't have freight or destination charges or any other hidden fees. due to human error some prices and features may not be correct prices may change with out notice prices may change at any time with out notice . We will buy your car even if you don't buy ours! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ALL VEHICLES COME WITH WARRANTY !!!!! ask sales associate for details.....ALL VEHICLES COME WITH WARRANTY..... DON'T PAY RETAIL PRICE FOR A CAR PAY OUTLET PRICE AT ELLAS AUTO OUTLET....... with our new off site mechanical facility we are providing our customers with better cars at lower prices because we service our own vehicles and we cut the middle man IF WE SAVE MONEY YOU SAVE MONEY so don't waste time and come take a look at the vehicle of your choice we have over 250 cars in stock at all times for you to choose from. Hope to see you soon have a SAFE DRIVE.....and please BUCKLE UP.. HOURS....MONDAY - SATURDAY 10-7. DIRECTIONS RICHMOND or surrounding area take I95 North to Exit #118 make left at stop sign come down to first traffic light make left on Jefferson Davis Hwy come down 1/4 mile you will see Ellas Auto Outlet Inc on the left. WASHINGTONMARYLANDOR NORHTERN VA take I95 South to Exit #118 make right at stop sign come down to first traffice light make left on Jefferson Davis Hwy come down 1/4 mile you will see Ellas Auto Outlet Inc on the left. .price exlcudes $299 processing fee we don't have freight or distination charges or any other hidden fees. due to human error some prices and features may not be correct prices may change without notice. We will buy your car even if you don't buy ours! .prices may change with out notice price exlcudes $299 processing fee we do not accept personal check. we don't have freight or distination charges or any other hidden fees. due to human error some prices and features may not be correct prices may change with out notice prices may change at any time with out notice . financing down payment interest rate and monthly payments depend on your credit....We will buy your car even if you don't buy ours! we are the only dealer with most cars under $5000 For More Great Prices Check Us Out At

Black Clearcoat 131,177 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerXLS
Est.Loan: $184/mo
Dark Stone Clearcoat Metallic 152,968 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerLimited
Est.Loan: $154/mo
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CHAPMAN LANCASTER 877-357-2023.2006 Ford Explorer Limited Mineral Gray Clearcoat 4.6L V8 24V 4WD 6-Speed Automatic 4.6L V8 24V, 4WD.CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX.Price does not include Taxes, Tags, License, & Fees.* Payments are for longest term available with $2000 down plus taxes and tags. Interest rate subject to final approval. If the Chapman emblem isn't on the back of your vehicle, you probably paid too much!

Camel leather141,312 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerEddie Bauer
Est.Loan: $174/mo
Black Clearcoat Camel leather158,225 miles
Used 2006Ford ExplorerEddie Bauer
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Features & Specs

Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)XLS 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)XLT 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
Transmission5-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic6-speed automatic5-speed automatic5-speed automatic6-speed automatic5-speed automatic6-speed automatic6-speed automatic5-speed automatic6-speed automatic5-speed automatic6-speed automatic
Horsepower210 hp @ 5100 rpm210 hp @ 5100 rpm210 hp @ 5100 rpm292 hp @ 5750 rpm210 hp @ 5100 rpm210 hp @ 5100 rpm292 hp @ 5750 rpm210 hp @ 5100 rpm292 hp @ 5750 rpm292 hp @ 5750 rpm210 hp @ 5100 rpm292 hp @ 5750 rpm210 hp @ 5100 rpm292 hp @ 5750 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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  • Side Crash Rating

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  • Side Barrier Rating

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  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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2006 radiator/trans issues
I'm reluctant to write this review but after the heartache and expensive repairs...I'm compelled to share. I've been a proud fan of the Ford brand for years...and have even sold Ford/Lincoln/Mercury's for two years. With that confidence I purchased a 2006 4x4 Eddie Explorer. Since then I've replaced the radiator twice and now the trans is slipping in drive and reverse. The radiator continues to leak and now the trans drips slowly. There's no place to add trans fluid...must be done at an OEM shop. I can't continue to drive this vehicle. I have a teen driver and will not let her drive this truck for the sincere concern over her safety. Ford do the right thing and recall. Thanks!
4 radiators
OK, I feel your pain. The problem with the 06-07 V6 Eddie Bauer edition is the lower brackets that the radiator sits in. They are 1/4 "to far forward, this puts the radiator in a bind. After thermal expansion and contraction the the welds in the core give up. This causes a ever so slight leak in the core. Hard to find at first , but eventually becomes much larger. You lose enough coolant to cause a over heating problem which is hard to detect because the coolant level is dropping ever so slightly. The temperature of the engine is rising at the same rate, along with the transmission, remember the trans is cooled through the same radiator. hot motor, hot trans lube breaks down.
Radiator/transmission repeated problems.
My complaint is to Ford! Why after three (3) radiators being replaced in my 2006 EB Ford Explorer, they never told me they were having trouble with the replacement radiator company! So they kept putting the SAME brand radiator in and charging me labor each time. And AGAIN today, I am facing the same experience! I have been a loyal customer to them....this is the "thank"!
More About This Model

Let's get sexist. Let's get politically insurrect and start drilling beneath the surface of the 2006 Ford Explorer. Although it doesn't qualify as an all-new model -- there's still enough 2005 Explorer in the mix to prevent that distinction -- the 2006 Explorer has had a heck of a lot more work done on it than just a face-lift (that's not the sexist part -- the sexist part's still coming).

The new Explorer is quieter, more powerful, better-looking, better equipped, several rungs higher on the safety ladder, and a sweeter value than its predecessor -- (now comes the sexist part) and it's all because of a woman. That's right, Ford placed the fate of its best-selling midsize symbol of masculine needs and breeding -- the Explorer sport-utility vehicle -- in the hands of Judy Curran, chief engineer.

Judy's a quiet engineering filly, but man, does she ever know how to build an Explorer -- especially one for families.

Here are the Explorer basics for 2006:

It's slightly bigger and heavier than the 2005 model

Four trim levels: XLS and XLT models (for basic and one-step-up buyers), and Eddie Bauer and Limited editions (for the upper-crust crowd)

Two-row seating (for five occupants), or three rows (for six or seven)

V6 or V8 power

Rear-drive or all-wheel drive

Wheel choices ranging from 16-inch steel to 17-inch aluminum to 18-inch chromed

The Feminine Side: A Nice, Quiet Interior
No SUV ever lost points for being quiet enough to allow a conversation to take place between the first- and second-row passengers. Most SUVs, in fact, are echo chambers that bounce road noise, wind noise and engine noise around. Judy Curran didn't like that about SUVs, so her team loaded the Explorer with sound-insulation materials. Now the Explorer driver can even communicate with the kids in the optional third row without having to scream. Ford claims to lead the class in front-seat quietude, and we heard nothing to cause us to doubt it.

And in the absence of brain-rattling noise, you'll also notice that the Explorer's interior has been shaped up nicely, too. We drove the high-end offerings lined with leather (XLS and XLT models start with cloth seats) and packing V8 engines and all-wheel drive. The leather looked good -- felt good, too -- especially when accented by the Preferred Suede inserts. Not especially deep, the front bucket seats do provide good support for long-distance travel.

The driver benefits from a large speedo and tachometer, ringed in "chrome" on the upscale models. Headroom abounds in the first two rows, and second-row legroom is surprisingly generous, even in the three-row configurations.

So how much room do you need for your stuff? In two-row Explorers, there's 45.1 cubic feet of stowage space with the rear seats up, and 85.8 cubic feet in seats-down mode. That's generous for this class. Three-row Explorers present 13.6, 43.9 and 83.7 cubic feet as you move through the seats-down variations.

The Masculine Side: Horsepower
The Grrrrr factor for the 2006 Explorer comes in V6 and V8 forms. The 4.0-liter single-overhead-cam six, paired to last year's five-speed automatic transmission, put out 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque along with ultralow emissions (as good as Ford's Escape hybrid).

Bigger news, however, comes from the 292-hp V8. New to the Explorer this year, the optional 4.6-liter single-cam shares both spirit and three-valve-per-cylinder heads with the Mustang GT. The engine's 300 lb-ft of torque at 3,950 rpm, mated to a new six-speed automatic, raises the V8 Explorer's tow limit to 7,300 pounds. As a bonus, the six-speed also improves the fuel economy. The V8 lifts the Explorer off the line with decent escape velocity, but the midrange passing power was noticeably less Mustang-like -- this truck's torque is used for towing.

On four-wheel-drive models, the Control Trac system carries over, allowing the driver to select three modes: 4x4 Auto (essentially rear-wheel drive until rear-wheel slip is detected, then power is apportioned to the fronts), 4x4 High (which locks the center differential and splits the torque 50/50 front/rear), and 4x4 Low (for slow, rough off-road slogging through sand or what-have-you).

The Feminine Side: A Nice, Compliant Ride
The frame side of the Explorer's body-on-frame setup got a significant makeover. "Tube-through-tube" construction, adapted from the F-Series trucks, adds significant stiffness to the frame for better stability as well as less twisting, which means less "wringing out" of the body which creates squeaks. A new monotube shock design front and rear, and revised independent rear suspension settled the Explorer ride beautifully on-road and off.

The Masculine Side: Handling
And on those rare occasions when your Explorer does make an off-road appearance, you macho man from Mars, you'll appreciate how the Venusian comfort changes to the suspension also help you maintain control of the vehicle. And if you do run out of talent, the standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control will kick in (but not so early that you can't have a little fun playing in the dirt).

The standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes have been beefed up for 2006 to match the SUV's improved towing and payload capacity.

The Feminine Side: Safety
If you're shopping for a midsize SUV and you've placed safety at or near the top of your list, your list should include the 2006 Explorer. Ford has fortified the '06 Explorer to earn a galaxy of stars on federal front- and side-impact crash test ratings. In addition to the previous Explorer's front-impact and side curtain head-protection airbags, the 2006 model includes front-seat side-impact airbags. The '06 also employs a number of sensors designed to assess things like front-occupant size, seating position and crash severity, then deploy the vehicle's safety features to the greatest benefit.

Everybody Likes Value: The Sexist Conclusion
So how'd the skirt do? Well, she made the Explorer quieter. And safer. And nicer to live with. And better-looking. And better-riding. And better-handling. And more powerful than ever. In short, Judy Curran's Explorer priorities mirror what America keeps searching for in a family SUV.

Now here's the kicker: The 2006 Ford Explorer is less expensive than the 2005. Starting at $27,175 for a base XLS and moving up through the Limited (which starts at $33,160), you save an average of $1,750 over last year. Here's to a woman's touch.

Used 2006 Ford Explorer Overview

The Used 2006 Ford Explorer is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A), XLS 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and XLT 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A).

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Save up to $300 on one of 11 Used 2006 Ford Explorer for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $3,996 as of 07/22/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 2.7 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2006 Ford Explorer trim styles:

  • The Used 2006 Ford Explorer Limited is priced between $4,399 and $11,599 with odometer readings between 0 and 159312 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer is priced between $6,965 and $8,498 with odometer readings between 94890 and 141312 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Ford Explorer XLS is priced between $3,996 and $8,995 with odometer readings between 0 and 131177 miles.
  • The Used 2006 Ford Explorer XLT is priced between $8,420 and $8,990 with odometer readings between 70519 and 114789 miles.

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