Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV

2008 Ford Explorer
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2008 Ford Explorer

Pros

  • Great ride and handling characteristics for a truck-based SUV, spacious and quiet interior with user-friendly layout, healthy tow rating, high safety content.

Cons

  • Weak engines compared to competing SUVs, some low-grade interior materials, poor expected resale value.

Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV for Sale

Ford Explorer 2008 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
131,016 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
Limited
(2)
Best Auto of Manassas
19 mi away
List$7,599
Est.Loan: $155/mo
Great Deal!Great Deal!
$209 Below Market
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This Ford EXPLORER LIMITED 4X4 3rd Row Seats DVD Navigation is ready and waiting for you to take it home today. If you are a non-smoker then you don't have to worry, this one was owned by a non-smoker too. We have the complete SERVICE HISTORY, since it was new so you can see for yourself that it was properly cared for and maintained. Our customers are important, and we want to make sure that they get the best, so we put all of our inventory including this Ford EXPLORER LIMITED 4X4 3rd Row Seats DVD Navigation through a strict and severe MULTI-POINT INSPECTION. Looking for power? Look no further! This 4.6L 8 cyl engine has all the power that you want in a vehicle. You put in enough hours throughout the week, so why not have a SUV that does the same? Let the fuel efficiency of this Ford EXPLORER LIMITED 4X4 3rd Row Seats DVD Navigation's 4.6L 8 cyl engine work hard to keep money in your wallet. Become one with the road with the performance tuned suspension of this Ford EXPLORER LIMITED 4X4 3rd Row Seats DVD Navigation. Have fun enjoying the great outdoors with this off-road suspension. One thing we can assure you of is that pampered luxury is what this ride is all about. Check out all the power, convenience and safety options that are offered on this baby. You will not find another fully equipped Ford EXPLORER LIMITED 4X4 3rd Row Seats DVD Navigation like this at any price! This baby 'purrs like a kitten' under the hood. From first glance you will appreciate the sheer beauty of an impeccable exterior. The interior of this SUV has been perfectly maintained. All essential mechanical systems are in solid working order leaving you with years between any required maintenance. At Best Auto of Manassas INC, we secure your confidence by running a CARFAX report on every vehicle. We are a CARFAX CERTIFIED dealership which means that this SUV has met all the rigorous requirements that not only we expect for every car we sell but also is fully documented by CARFAX to have a clean history behind it. Be sure to ask us about our optional extended warranty packages that are available and at very affordable prices. Bad credit? No credit? No problem! We offer GUARANTEED FINANCING on this and every other car that we sell. With approved credit we can provide you a vehicle with low monthly payments and no hassle. You better hurry and grab this deal quick because, with a price well below BLUE BOOK, this one is not going to last long. With amazing deals at Best Auto of Manassas INC, you will be sure to drive away smiling. We are conveniently located near Thornburg. Not a single dent or scratch! Runs and drives great! Power everything! Hard-to-find model! Perfect family vehicle. Perfect first car!
Ford Explorer 2008 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
120,477 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
Limited
(5)
Crown Auto Group
19.6 mi away
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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No Accident History Reported to Carfax.. VA inspection passed! Drives excellent..2008 FORD EXPLORER 4X4 with powerful 4.6L SOHC SEFI 24-valve V8 engine and driven 120477 miles!You can always call or text at (703) 763-4428 for quick answers to your questions..For appointments only: We are available until 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday . We are open on Sundays 11 AM - 4PM. Please call us prior to your visit...Terms of Sale Overview: We reserve the right to end this listing at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for sale and sales prices are subject to change without notice.Fees and Taxes: All vehicles sold are subject to $495 dealer processing fee. This represents the costs incurred with inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting vehicles. This fee also covers preparation of all documents, as well as all costs incurred with shipping of paperwork. Buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered. Accepted Payment Type: Cash, certified check, bank transfers, EFT or 3rd-party financing.WARRANTY: Please call us about warranty details. Different terms may be applied which is dependent on the millage , year and make of the car. Warranty is applicable when full/advertised price is paid when purchasing the car. FINANCING:If you have a job we can assist with financing (bad or good credit).Interest rates may vary and related to your credit and income.Please note, processing fee, DMV fees and taxes are not included in the price.. Older (more than 10 years old) and certain high maintenance luxury vehicles can not be applied for. Please, contact us prior submitting credit application on any vechicle if you have a question.Millage : Millage on the odometer may be higher than you see on the ads
Ford Explorer 2008 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
81,303 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
(9)
Caspian Auto Sales
36.7 mi away
List$9,139
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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$251 Below Market
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Ford Explorer 2008 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
173,012 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
XLT
Kent Parsons Ford Lincoln
38.2 mi away
List$5,900
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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Ford Explorer 2008 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
115,994 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
XLT
(1)
Prize Auto
42.2 mi away
List$6,422
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Ford Explorer 2008 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
93,413 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
(1)
Honda of Owings Mills
46.6 mi away
List$9,560
Est.Loan: $195/mo
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$263 Below Market
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Ford Explorer 2008 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
127,743 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
Limited
(2)
Car Loft
53.4 mi away
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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$192 Below Market
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Ford Explorer 2008 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
153,870 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
Eddie Bauer
(1)
Pride Auto Sales
53.9 mi away
List$6,295
Est.Loan: $129/mo
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$173 Below Market
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Ford Explorer 2008 XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
110,879 miles
Used 2008
Ford Explorer
XLT
(1)
Clear Choice Auto Sales
85.8 mi away
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Although engine performance is mediocre, the midsize 2008 Ford Explorer deserves consideration from anyone shopping for a traditional SUV with substantial towing and hauling capabilities. But for those who just need a family cruiser, newer seven-passenger crossovers provide more space, superior driving dynamics and slightly better gas mileage.

vehicle overview

The king has fallen. For more than a decade, the Ford Explorer was the undisputed ruler of the SUV kingdom and an elemental reason for the sport-utility craze that is still going on. But in recent years the Explorer has been dethroned by several other SUVs, falling precipitously in the sales rankings amidst high gas prices and the success of crossovers. While the 2008 Explorer is the best yet, its truck-based underpinnings are starting to make it look like a dinosaur amongst the new species of crossover SUVs.

This doesn't mean the 2008 Ford Explorer wouldn't be a good choice, especially if you need three rows of usable seating in a midsize SUV body. Ford made substantial upgrades to the Explorer for the 2006 model year that refined its already impressive road manners. We consider it one of the best-handling truck-based SUVs on the market, and its smooth, quiet highway ride makes it a natural road trip candidate. Plus, its truck-based, body-on-frame chassis can handle greater towing loads than crossovers can, and the dual-range gearing of four-wheel-drive models provides a bit more off-road ability.

For 2008, Ford adds its innovative Sync system to the Explorer. This technology, co-developed by Microsoft, allows drivers to control communication and entertainment devices like cell phones, PDAs, iPods and other MP3 players via voice commands. It is a potentially revolutionary technology and a considerable selling point for the aging Explorer. Later in the model year, all Explorers gain a capless fuel-filling system, which cuts gasoline vapor leaks and eliminates the embarrassment of driving off without re-capping your gas tank.

Although the 2008 Ford Explorer has plenty to offer in the way of utility and technology, compared to other traditional, truck-based SUVs, it's lacking in power. The base V6 engine makes only 210 horsepower. Not only is this a low number for this hefty class of vehicles, it's also 53 hp south of Ford's smaller Edge crossover. The optional V8 is smoother and puts up a more impressive 292 hp, but it still lacks the low-end pull of competitors' V8s and, increasingly, their V6s as well.

For buyers who aren't concerned about having the quickest SUV on the block, the Explorer is an impressive package. It's comfortable enough to serve carpool duty, yet rugged enough to handle a 7,000-pound camper or the dirt trail leading to your secluded mountain hideaway. Those last two points are important, because truck-based SUVs like the Explorer are best suited to people who really need them. For family-minded buyers who just need copious amounts of cargo and passenger space, a crossover SUV or minivan is apt to be a better fit.

2008 Ford Explorer configurations

The 2008 Ford Explorer is a four-door midsize SUV available in XLT, Eddie Bauer and Limited trim levels. The XLT seats five and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, a CD/MP3 stereo with an auxiliary input jack and full power accessories. Eddie Bauer models provide two-tone paint, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, heated front seats, Ford Sync connectivity, faux wood interior trim and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top-line Explorer Limited has those features plus monochromatic paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control (with a separate rear air-conditioner), power-adjustable pedals, a manually folding third-row seat (for seven-passenger capacity), a power front passenger seat and seat memory for the driver. Also included with the Limited are heated exterior mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an upgraded audio system with an in-dash CD changer and steering-wheel-mounted controls

Major options include a third-row seat (with or without a power-fold feature), rear-seat climate control and upgraded stereo on non-Limited trims, power running boards, a heated windshield, second-row captain's chairs, Sync hands-free communication and entertainment integration system, a voice-activated navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a sunroof, satellite radio, 20-inch wheels and a Class III/IV towing package.

2008 Highlights

Side curtain airbags are now standard on all Explorers, as is a capless fuel filling system (though availability is delayed until midyear on the latter). Also available on the Explorer for 2008 is Ford's new Sync system, the hands-free electronics integration technology co-developed with Microsoft. The optional navigation system includes voice activation this year. Kings of bling will be pleased to hear that they can option the Explorer with 20-inch wheels later in the '08 model year.

Performance & mpg

The Ford Explorer's base engine is a 4.0-liter V6 good for 210 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. Optional on all models is a 4.6-liter V8 engine with 292 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V6 engine, and the V8 comes matched to a six-speed automatic. Either engine can be equipped with a choice of two-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive system with a push-button transfer case. Properly equipped, a V8 2WD Explorer can tow 7,300 pounds. When it comes to acceleration, a 4WD Explorer equipped with the V8 takes a mediocre 9 seconds to reach 60 mph. For comparison, a V8-equipped Nissan Pathfinder does the same run in 7 seconds flat.

Safety

All major safety equipment is standard on the 2008 Ford Explorer, including antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, and first- and second-row side curtain airbags. The stability control system includes an important feature called Roll Stability Control (RSC), which uses a gyro sensor to calculate the SUV's roll speed and angle. If RSC determines a rollover is imminent, it activates the regular stability control to help avoid it. A reverse parking sensor system is standard on the Limited and optional on other trims.

The Explorer earned a perfect five stars in all frontal- and side-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the top rating of "Good" in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's frontal-offset crash testing.

Driving

Any 2008 Ford Explorer is a relative joy to drive compared to other truck-based SUVs like the Dodge Durango and Chevy Trailblazer. Taking much of the credit for this praise is the rear independent suspension, which provides a smooth ride and keeps the wheels planted on rough pavement. Steering is surprisingly responsive and the brakes inspire confidence through a firm and progressive pedal. Power from either the V6 or V8 engine is adequate, though most buyers will prefer the V8's extra helping of low-end torque and refinement.

Interior

Despite incremental improvements over the years, the Explorer's materials quality remains mediocre and its design rudimentary, though sharp two-tone color schemes make this workaday SUV feel a little more upscale. It's feasible to carry two adults in the third-row seats, but choosing the third-row option slightly reduces the available cargo space and results in a not-quite-flat load floor. Seven-passenger Ford Explorers max out at 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while five-passenger versions offer 85.8 cubic feet. Notably, the 60/40 sections of the second-row bench seat recline only if your Explorer has a third-row seat. The "quad seating" option on Limited models drops passenger capacity to six and places reclining captain's chairs in the second row with a storage console between them.


Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

The Best SUV You Can Buy
Mike,08/16/2010
I've owned Explorers since they were introduced and have owned several. I have used them for business. They are, absolutely, the best, most dependable vehicle I have ever owned. New or previously owned. I still have the first one I bought. It has almost 290k in mileage on it. Other than standard maintanence, oil changes, tires, brakes, scheduled maintenance, etc. I have never had not one single problem with this vehicle. Not one. I just purchased a very low mileage 2008 limited. And it's like coming home again. Only better. The one that I have is a 99' and it's like the every ready bunny. It just keeps going and I love the new one. These are really fantastic SUV's.
Great SUV
SUVLover,07/19/2010
Overall, a very good SUV. Great power/performance, very good towing capacity/capability, lots of interior room, 3rd row seating that actually can fit 2 smaller adults, nice styling. 4WD cuts in flawlessly when needed. Seats are comfortable but not as much as others I've driven. Bad blind spot in the passenger rear corner but can be compensated for by adjusting the side view mirror. Transmission sometimes has harsh engagement before it warms up when accelerating from a stop. Brakes get some getting used to since it takes more pressure than most vehicles I've driven over the past 40 years.
very good, I love it!
valeria,06/04/2010
I just love this car, always had a big car as, Navigator, Suburban, Avalanche, but I'm very happy with is one.
Definitely a family SUV
George Torres,10/03/2010
2008 with 37000 miles already on it. First driving experience was very good. Lot of room for the whole family and very comfortable seating.It drives very quite but reaching 70 miles per hours a front road noise surprised me. I have to check with the dealer. My experience with cars is telling me that something has to do with the ball bearings. Also a squeaky noise came from the front of the car. I checked under the hood and looks like the serpentine belt is the problem and since many people already are talking about it in the internet, I do not have doubt that that it is the problem. I will bring the car to the dealer to be checked but if those two problems can be fixed t
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Features & Specs

MPG
13 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
13 city / 19 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5100 rpm
MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed automatic
Gas
210 hp @ 5100 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    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
    Acceptable
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV Overview

The Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV is offered in the following styles: XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Limited 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (4.6L 8cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A).

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Price comparisons for Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV trim styles:

  • The Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer is priced between $6,295 and$9,560 with odometer readings between 81303 and153870 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV Limited is priced between $6,995 and$7,995 with odometer readings between 120477 and131016 miles.
  • The Used 2008 Ford Explorer SUV XLT is priced between $5,900 and$6,422 with odometer readings between 110879 and173012 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2008 Ford Explorer?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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