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I'd Pick the 06 if I had to do it again, or a Mazda by An MSN Autos Consumer on 06/29/2009. Trim: 2005 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L 2WD, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The ride, the size, the nimbleness, interior comfort, interior quietness, pruge coolant system. Plugs easier to get to than on my '97 4.0.
Cons: Rear end whine, drive-by-wire lag (Mazda's don't lag), even though the EGR system has been changed on the DBW model, problems still arise. Gate window squeak, rotors warp easily, sealed transmission (no dipstick). Styling
Overall review: I'm 43 and have owned almost 60 cars, I do 99% of my own work so this info is accurate. At first glance Ford did a poor job in styling this truck from 02-05, the looks are "styless" and the early models (02, 03) are plagued with, tranny, 4x4 and all still have EGR problemsand lil niggly electronic problems. Ford, these EGR problems are annoying, FIX THEM! Have your suppliers, build better clusters, multi-function switches, rear-ends, door switches. The rear-ends tend to get noisey over time and some even break. See Ford's TSB's. The "drive-by-wire" models lag like a Benz, but Mazda dosen't have this problem. Fun truck to drive, but as far as ownership, our '97 seems more solid. When Ford stepped off into this 3rd Gen, a lot changed from the norm and they were not ready. Ford needs to hire more REAL guys like me!!!!!!!!! Now, you may be asking why did I buy one? Well, I got a one owner at a steal of a deal. His daily commute was on good roads so it still drives like new at 105k.
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"Perfect for the dogs by Lawyer from Toledo on 11/04/2005. Trim: 2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6L 4WD, Owned less than 1 year.
Overall review: I love this car
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One of my best used car purchases to date by Pete, Lake Ariel, Pa. on 08/10/2013. Trim: 2005 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L 4WD, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Great gas milage for an suv. Six cylider with plenty of power up hills and in bad weather in 4X4.
Cons: 65,000 miles experiencing advance trac warnings and flashing 4X4 high notices. Abs light on constantly.
Overall review: Vehicle still handles well and runs well. Low maintainance costs so far at 70,000 miles. Still gets great gas mileage. Still comfortable ride.
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great looking SUV by ladyPbug.....aka elpottie on 09/05/2012. Trim: 2005 Ford Explorer, Owned 7 years.
Pros: great looking suv---
Cons: ask most mechanics they are replacing the engines. I just did and will probably have to do again IN 3 YRS.
Overall review: great looking suv---check out the mileage will need engine replacement around hundred thousand miles---even if u get get regular maintenance i did
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Great truck! by Nicolette from St. Louis on 07/15/2005. Trim: 2005 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0L 4WD, Owned less than 1 year.
Overall review: This is a great vehicle.
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