Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,955 - $37,555
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
210-239
Seats
5-7
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,955 - $37,555
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
210-239
Seats
5-7

2004 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

3.98

266 Reviews

36% 34% 23% 5% 2%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

The pros and one con of owning a previously owned Ford Explorer as a family vehicle.

Overall, our family is pleased with our Ford Explorer. We didn't buy it brand new and drive it off the lot; instead we settled ourselves into a previously broken-in vehicle. This was years ago. The preowned vehicle has been kind to us. We've had to put money into the Explorer here and there for mechanical maintenance such as oil changes, new tires, new battery, etc. But besides the everyday vehicle maintenance and occasional tune up, we haven't had to put too much into keeping "ole Betsy" alive and purring. We had our vehicle side swiped in 2014 and thought she was a goner. However, much to our delight, the Explorer functions just the same. There's a large dent in the exterior of the driver side door and the door itself sits slightly askew, but the accident had absolutely no impact on the vehicles functionality. This makes me feel pretty safe out on the road these days. I'm confident that if we were to collide with another vehicle on the road somewhere that we would be in good shape afterwards. Now with all of that said, my only real complaint regarding the Explorer is regarding our gas mileage.

- Mandy O

Reliability and Quality. The vehicle starts on the first turn of the key, and when shutting the doors, they still sound as solid as they did brand new.

This is a fantastic vehicle to own. It is the best of both worlds in regards to automobiles. It is small like a car, but has the versatility of a truck. My Ford Explorer Sports Trac came with a lockable cover over the bed of the truck. This allows me to place large items in the back and make sure they are secure. Since the cover is completely removable, I also have the ability to carry large items. The four doors make getting in an out of the vehicle comfortable for all occupants. I am over 6 feet tall and have sat comfortably in the back. It also is the four-wheel drive model, with auto locking hubs. A great feature so that if you are needing more traction, you do not need to exit the vehicle to do that. The v-6 engine is powerful enough to get to speed on the highway very quickly and the 4-wheel disc brakes, has a great stopping power. It only has one draw back, the miles per gallon. it's a little on the low side at about 20 hwy and 17 city. Apart from that I would recommend this car to anyone looking to buy a quality vehicle.

- Robert K

The handling creates a nice transition for those whom have never driven a truck.

I have only faced one mechanical problem with my 2004 Ford Explorer which is related to the heating control. There is a relay which stopped engaging and needed repair twice. The ac has always worked; but every few years you can hear a clicking sound when you try to turn on the heat. It does not work because the relay wears away quickly. I love having two rows of seats behind me, that fold down making it possible to carry a great deal of furniture, supplies or whatever else is in need of transport. This truck is a very comfortable ride for its size, and responsive enough to make maneuvering on the road a breeze. Weather conditions are not a problem since this truck engages four wheel drive automatically when the tires begin to slip ever so slightly due to rain or snow. While the average car is stuck or spinning out, this truck simply keeps moving along to great satisfaction.

- Christopher L

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,107 - $6,322
$26,600 - $29,065

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 hp
210 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V6 FFV engine
4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V6 FFV engine
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 in.
42.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 in.
39.9 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.9 in.
35.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.9 in.
38.9 in.

Entertainment

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 7
5 - 7

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
113.8 in.
113.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.8 ft.
36.8 ft.

Width

Width
72.1 in.
72.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 hp
210 hp

Torque

Torque
254 ft. lbs.
254 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
328 - 500 .lbs
328 - 500 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
22.5 gal.
22.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
16 - 21 mpg
16 - 21 mpg

City

City
15 - 16 mpg
15 - 16 mpg

Highway

Highway
20 - 21 mpg
20 - 21 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety