One gripe: The odd door-pull handles are not at all intuitive even as to where they are, let alone how they work. Limited models come standard with auxiliary air conditioning, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels and a reverse sensing system. Front right turn signal and the indicator sound inside both flash quicker than normal. Later in the model year, in place of a standard fuel cap Ford will introduce a cap-less fuel filler. I love my explorer, but the dealership was not fully honest with us. Had many people offer to buy it since it was the last of the Exp.
Smooth, Efficient Power Explorer's optional three-valve, 4. Ford says the Explorer is designed to meet all known federal frontal- and side-impact crash requirements through 2010. Its ridicuous to have this go at 63000 to the tune of a 1000. For 2008, Ford adds new standard and optional features. Eddie Bauer models receive standard Pueblo Gold colored accent step bars and Limited adds a standard chrome accent step bar. Due later in the 2008 model year are three new options: a capless fueling system, 20-inch wheels and Ford's Sync entertainment and communication system.
The suspension is relatively supple, giving the Explorer a nice ride on rough streets. The driving position is comfortable, and while the 2008 Ford Explorer drives like a truck, it's stable and pretty responsive for something that weighs 5,000 pounds. Ford says the system saves refueling time and can provide a better seal to trap fuel vapors. Gas Mileage is about 17mpg right now. Primary Use: Commuting to work A Quality, 5 Star Rated Car That Runs Like A Champ. The current chassis is some 63-percent stiffer than in older models; chassis rigidity is a key element for crisp handling and a smooth ride. It feels like a bump.
It develops 292 horsepower, and 300 pound-feet of torque. And Explorer is rated to carry up to 1,531 pounds of payload. Ford is notorious for using 20 different styles of brakes on these vehicles making it very difficult for the do-it-yourselfers. Limited models come standard with auxiliary air conditioning, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels and a reverse sensing system. It runs great and gives us peace and comfort traveling back and forth to Florida every winter. Personally if I had a choice between getting a new Explorer or a bicycle with a flat tire, I'd pick the bike any day of the week Owner for 0 years, 0 months Miles Driven per Year:0.
Explorer has earned the best possible impact protection rating in the federal government's crash tests: five stars for the driver in a frontal impact, the front-seat passenger in a frontal impact, front-seat occupants in a side impact, and rear-seat occupants in a side impact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2006 model year New Car Assessment Program. The fuel economy hit is negligible. Side curtain airbags are standard on 2008 models, voice activation is added to the optional navigation system, and top-line Limited models get standard power adjustable pedals and a universal garage door opener. The car is a 2008, but it came out in 2007, and sat on another lot for a year, so there was sun damage. The interiors are pleasant, with only oddly designed door panels to complain about. The seats are supportive and comfortable. Ford has a great product here and the quality is really great.
The cargo floor is completely flat when all the seats are folded, with almost no forward rise. Outward visibility elsewhere is good, with less obstruction than expected from the thick C-pillars. Three new exterior colors are added for 2008: Stone Green Clearcoat Metallic, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic and White Suede Clearcoat Metallic. Primary Use: Commuting to work Good Show. This version of Ford Explorer's refinement and handling didn't match that of its newer car-based competitors. These now supplement the standard front and side airbags. Choose the V8 if you pull trailers.
An audio input jack is standard with all radios. We noticed some slack in the drivetrain in some situations. Under the Hood Either a 210-hp, 4. For travel, it's the greatest. Primary Use: Commuting to work Great Buy, Great Family Vehicle — The Explorer is a great buy. Wind and road noise levels are acceptable, but not particularly low.
My wife feels safe in it, it is reliable, and people continually comment on it's elegant, rugged looks. Overall, I am very impressed and pleased with the Ford Explorer. With the V8, you get a six-speed automatic with two overdrives, plus full electronic control of upshifting, downshifting and torque converter functions. The clear coat paint is amazing as I live in south Texas and the sun is brutal here. Safety features standard on Walkaround Up front, Ford Explorer looks like an F-150 pickup with finer, scaled-down features. We'll just have to hope the quality stands up to my 2 kids.
An audio input jack is standard with all radios. The seats are supportive and comfortable. Accerlerates pretty decent for the V6, Handles great, and is quiet as can be. After stopping for a stop sign then stepping on the gas, there was a momentary lag, as if we were waiting for the driveline hook up. With the V8 engine, the Explorer is rated to tow up to a whopping 7,310 pounds; that's about as much as a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Hemi. The V6 is just enough for me, I mainly do city driving. This version of Ford Explorer's refinement and handling didn't match that of its newer car-based competitors.
. Drive it to Florida every winter for 6 months and the rest of the time in Wisconsin. On the good side, there's an optional heated windshield and rubber floor coverings make it easier to clean out the mud. Ford's Sync communications and entertainment system, due late in the 2008 model year, can recognize Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, access their phonebooks, and play calls and read text messages through the speakers. The latest Explorer is quieter than previous models, and it rides better. Towing capabilities of this body-on-frame design is an impressive 7,120 pounds.