2006 Ford Explorer Reviews from North America

2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Previous carFord Expedition

Summary:

I would buy another when the time comes, if gas is not $75 a gallon

Faults:

Had a problem with rear window seal, seal was installed backwards at some point before I bought it. I always heard the vehicles along side and behind me that were traveling in my same direction as me. I fixed it myself. Just simply disconnect the window defroster wires from the clips at the rear window and remove the seal, turn the seal over and reinstall the seal, problem solved. I have heard others with same issue since I have fixed mine.

General Comments:

Great truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2008

2nd Jul 2008, 13:22

As the past owner of three Explorers, I totally agree that they are really great cars. My biggest issue was poor fuel mileage and lack of power.

After our third Explorer we switched to the GMC Envoy with the 275 horsepower I-6. What amazed me most was the power and acceleration (faster than the V-8 Explorer). But the real clincher came when we took our first long vacation. With the A/C on, fully loaded (including our dog!) and running 75mph on the interstate we got 24mpg. The best even our V-6 Explorer ever got was 19.

I don't know why Ford can't get better mileage out of its engines. The Explorer is actually lighter (I think) than the Envoy. At any rate, we never had a seconds trouble out of our Explorers, and if Ford could up the mileage and power, we'd buy another one in an instant.

2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance17200 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Perfect all around american SUV

Faults:

Nothing. Just got it.

Update 2nd April 2007:

At 10k miles the brake shift interlock latch on the shifter broke, causing it to get stuck in park on a few occasions. The temporary cure was to restart the engine several times until it released. Took it to the dealer and had it back within a couple hours, not a big deal.

General Comments:

They redesigned the Explorer for this year and it is much better than the older 2002-2005 version like my relatives had. They updated the suspension and sound insulation to make it ride better and quieter. The commercials don't lie, this thing is as quiet as a luxury car.

Having the independent suspension makes it handle better than our old jeep too. Don't get me wrong, I loved my Jeep, but this truck is impressive. The Explorer is probably faster than the Jeep overall, but it doesn't have the low end torque I was used to, it takes a lot more reving the engine around town to make speed.

They had a deal on the Eddie Bauer model because of its higher residual value, so we went for that instead of the XLT, so it's got some options we weren't used too. The interior is all new for 2006 as well, and it's much better designed than the prior generation. I like how they moved the shifter back to the floor, and the seats are way more comfortable. Plus now roll stability control and skid control are standard, which is a safety bonus.

I'll keep you updated as we put more miles on it, but as of now I'm impressed.

Update 2nd April 2007:

Still impressed with the smooth ride and the quietness of the interior. Handling is top notch for a truck based SUV. To settle aside some comments that knocked the explorer as being unsafe, I once took a sharp left at 35mph and felt like it could do it faster.

After several longer distance trips, the power from the V-6 on the interstate is much better than around town because all of its horsepower and torque is top end.

Gas mileage has averaged from a high of 21.5 on interstate trips with speeds from 70-85, to a low of 17 when windy. City mileage however is terrible, averaging 12-14 depending on the weather.

My only complaint thus far is the front door handles being placed so low on the door panel. Ford has appeared to fixed the issue on 07 models however.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2005

23rd Dec 2006, 06:07

I guess now is the right time to tell us what you think. All new cars feel good and great. Please update us.

15th Feb 2007, 22:54

Having owned 3 Explorers we've found all of them to be absolutely bullet-proof. Never a second's trouble with any of them. The import crowd rants about the roll-over tendency, but that is basically nothing a competent driver need ever worry about. Even our '98 Sport (supposedly the most roll-over-prone model) was never a problem for me or my wife. Of course we are both skilled drivers who have done stunt driving as a hobby, so behavioral characteristics of different vehicles is not a problem for us. I hope your Explorer is a great a vehicle as our 3 have been. Keep us posted.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews