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4 radiators
42 of 45 people found this review helpful
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By cobra10181
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2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Worst Features

elongate lower brackets get rad out of bind.


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Unbelievable
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By stobias
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2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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6 radiators Ladies and Gents.
You read that correctly - 6 radiators.
Averaging about 1 radiator for every 20K miles.
I brought a 2006 Explorer for my 16 year old son in 2008 - only had 26K miles on it.
We have replaced the radiator 6 times since purchase at $700 a pop.
This vehicle is so unreliable that it now sits in my driveway, I can't trust it to be a reliable vehicle for my son, who is now 2 hours away at college.
Huge mistake on my part for buying it, huge mistake on Ford's part for not recalling it.
BTW, tranny jerks when you shift into reverse.


Best Features

Makes a nice yard ornament.


Worst Features

Develop a permanent fix for this radiator and transmission problem. I can't believe the number of complaints!


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I guess I am not alone
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By danakay
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2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)


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I went online today to look at transmission costs for my 2006 Explorer and I found this review. I am sitting here feeling a little screwed over right now. I bought the car with less than 20.000 miles on it because I loved my old Expedition which had over 200,000 miles on it. I had no problems with it other than replacing a transmission around 160,000 to be expected. Now,with my Explorer I have had to buy a new radiator (under 100,000 miles), replace a transfer case (under 100,000 miles), and now my transmission is out(120,000). Sadly, these look like common problems. Sorry to say, this is my third Ford and my last one.


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5 stars for me
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By tempist1
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2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this explorer awhile ago and put a lot of miles on it. I have never had a problem with it at all. I always get the regular oil changes, brakes etc. I have had Chryslers and gm vehicles that are completely worthless but so far with all of the Ford products I have purchased, I have been very lucky. This Explorer is great for everything from handling to pulling. Maybe some of the others out there may have been a bad batch or something. So far so good. All 5 Fords that I have owned I have taken over 100,000 miles with no problems at all and I hope this explorer will be the same. I will write another review if it's not.


Best Features

4 wheel drive with excellent turning radious.It's power. It's looks are very striking.


Worst Features

Include more 3rd row seating it more models. Work on better gas mileage.


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Do Not Buy This Car!!!!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By snooker84
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2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Horrible car, Other reviews on here are extremely accurate, bad trannys, bad radiators, electricolosis, transfercase leaked after 40,000 miles, went thru 3 radiators, 2 transmistions, door handles breaking off every few months, overall, very baaaad vehicle..they look and drive well but i don't trust them :(


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