"I bought this car new from the dealer in 2004 and still own it. Up until last year I commuted to work on public transportation so had been basically using it to get me to and from the park and ride transportation hub. In the past year I took a job 70 miles from home and am so glad to have this car! Since my route takes me along major turnpikes with 18-wheeler trucks I feel safer being in a sturdy vehicle like my Aviator. Some features located on the steering wheel such as cruise control and audio volume control stopped working but it is a minor inconvenience."
"Bought this car off lease 8 years ago. It's really terrific. Ford's 4.6 motor is reliable and runs strong. Had to have the transmission replaced at 105k and it's needed a window motor and audio speaker. Everything else is normal maintenance. I'd buy another in a heartbeat! But as Lincoln does, they've discontinued this great model. Just like the other Lincoln favorites I've owned - Continental, Mark series coupes, and LS sedans..."
"really like this car. My only complaint is the space between front and back seat. It came with 3rd row seats, but I took those out on the day I got the car. I have had it from brand new, and have been very pleased with it."
Pros: "Great acceleration, fun ride, excellent utility."
Cons: "Changed a few rear tail light bulbs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Have owned this 2004 for nearly 11 years and it is a champ. Agree with one of the previous reviewers, why did they stop making these? All the great benefits of an Explorer with upgrades to the engine, trim and electronics. I would easily buy another one of these. Never any major problems."
"I've had a lot of cars over the years, but this is the best ride I have ever had. The looks are great on the outside and interior. Yes, there have been some bad reviews that I have read, but in my opinion one of the best BIG SUV's on the market.
Didn't want anything as large as a Navigator, but wanted the luxury.
I just happen to luck out with this one. My car was totaled and I was in need. I had been looking at cars, but was in no hurry. After mine got totaled though, had to get on the ball.
All controls are easy to access and yes, they do take awhile to get used to.
Love the power of the V-8. You want to pass or just cruise at a good rate, this is the car."
Pros: "fast, comfy, stylish, heated and cooled seats"
Cons: "low mpg, 3rd row is not a split seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this vehicle when it was already 10 years old. I was really nervous at 1st considering some negative reviews, and I put about a $1000 into it right off the bat with a tune up and some minor things. I've had it now for about 9 months and I am truly happy with this vehicle. It is still a stylish suv and I get compliments on it all the time. It drives excellent and is comfy on long trips. It is well built and quite on the road - no rattles or annoying sounds. It is very fast when you hammer down, but you pay for it at the pump. I get anywher from 12mpg city to 20mpg hwy. If you can find one of these in good shape, and that's been well maintained I would buy it. Note: transmissions on these go out between a 100-120k. Luckily mine was replaced already and still under warranty. Also let a Ford dealer technician look it over before you buy it. They know these engines inside and out."