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2005 Ford Explorer

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 13/Hwy 18/Comb 15 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V6, 4.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2005 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 1145 Ratings for the 2002 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

My 3rd Explorer

By on Friday, December 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,884

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I love these cars! Living in New England, we get clobbered with snow and my Explorers have never let me down! I've owned both the V6 and the V8s. The V8 has more get up and go, but the V6 is pretty decent too. Now these do have their quirks like most other cars. They are notorious for electrical problems regarding ABS lights and door ajar messages, door actuators and blend doors going on them, front end components and transmissions. If you stay on top of things though and watch for the signs, it's easy to maintain and repair these issues with common sense, proper maintenance and online research on different forums. Change your fluids and just know that all parts don't last forever, especially suspension parts (It's a truck after all)!"

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

The car always started and ran!

By on Thursday, December 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Nice ride, It was a 7 passenger, and a great size."

Cons: "powerless, and the click of death on the HVAC."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Explorer has been exceptional. I have owned it since new and have been happy with the car. The only problem I ever had was the click of death, which was the HVAC stops working. The part is about $80 and a huge headache to get too. Other than that, just regular maintenance."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Runs for ever, no major mechanical issues"

Cons: "No aux, Not great MPG"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car new in 2002 and have over 210,000 miles on it. I have never had any major problems with it just minor stuff that wears out on all cars but no engine or transmission problems. I plan to drive this car until it dies which wont be for a long time. The mechanic I go to is amazed at how great of condition the engine and transmission are in with this many miles. I highly recommend this car to anyone."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

4th Explorer

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is our fourth over the past 20 years and although we had never been Ford people prior to our 1st explorer, we will never own anything else!"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

this 2003 ford explorer cost so much to maintain

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: transmisson died

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable seating with lots of room"

Cons: "unreilable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I replaced this transmission with 59000 miles on this 2003 ford explorer at a cost of 3800.00 dollars from the ford dealer. this car cost so much money to maintain over the 11 years I owned it. the paint job was good I had no nicks or dents in it. I was forced to get rid of it when the transmission went again."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great suv except for tranmission

By on Sunday, November 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great 4x4 and safety good for family ride"

Cons: "transmission issues major problem"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Great suv from new till present day Except for well known transmission problems as Ford is aware of but has not done anything to resolve the problems for its customers very poor P/R on Fords part."

15 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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