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#1974 of 3348 changes for 2005
Aug 04, 2004 (6:15 am)
• All-new Roof Rack system with raised side rails
• Pueblo Gold (G3) replaces Arizona Beige as primary Eddie
Bauer trim color on bumpers, cladding, wheel lip moldings
and running boards.
• Black G-Gloss (molded-in-color) replaces Medium Dark
Platinum on XLS and XLS Sport on bumpers, molding and
• Colors Added:
— Dark Stone (T7)
— Ivory Parchment Tri-Coat Clearcoat Metallic (HC) –
• Colors Deleted:
— Aspen Green Clearcoat Metallic
— Estate Green Clearcoat Metallic
— Ceramic White Tri-Coat Clearcoat Metallic
• 2nd Row reclining outboard seats in 40/20/40 seating
• MP3 capability and Sirius satellite radio compatibility added
to all audio systems (Late Availability)
• Warm Steel Metallic replaces Warm Steel Matte as interior
accent finish on XLT (no change to XLT Sport)
• AdvanceTrac® w/Roll Stability Control is standard on all
NEW PACKAGE CHANGES
New XLT Appearance Package (47X)
• Unique seating surfaces and matching door trim inserts
based on exterior color selection: Midnight Black "Impulse"
fabric with red accents or "Captain" Parchment fabric
(Parchment is Late Availability)
• Sparkle Silver step bars
• Sparkle Silver roof rails
• 17" Sparkle Silver cast aluminum wheel
• Available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations
The big news is the ADVANCE TRAC system:
What is AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control?
Explorer continues its safety leadership with the introduction of AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control
(RSC) on all units. AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control, a segment-first exclusive feature, provides
active stability enhancement utilizing sensors to determine roll speed and roll angle. The system is
unique because it also monitors wheel lift and reduces the potential for a rollover event. If the system
detects that one or more wheels are about to leave the ground and a rollover is imminent, RSC triggers
the vehicle's standard electronic stability control system, called AdvanceTrac®, which reduces power
and/or brakes the necessary wheels to help settle the vehicle allowing the driver to regain control.
This was copied from Ford's order guide.
#1975 of 3348 Re: changes for 2005 [mschmal]
Aug 04, 2004 (9:56 am)
Thanks for the info. Do you know if there are pricing changes?
#1976 of 3348 Three valve per cylinder V8?
Aug 10, 2004 (6:00 am)
Does anybody know if the Explorer will get a three valver per cylinder V8 for 2005?
Aug 10, 2004 (11:47 am)
That's coming in for 2006, along with 6 Speed Auto... Front and rear styling will be redone as well, some interior modifications, new instrument panel, etc.
#1978 of 3348 Explorer Rollover
Aug 14, 2004 (6:04 pm)
Did anybody else happen to watch that spot on TV the other night, on one of those 20/20-Primtime-60 Minutes type shows, where the Explorer was tested and was most likely to rollover compared with other main stream SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe? Just wonder if that has any credit to it.
#1980 of 3348 Re: Explorer Rollover
Aug 14, 2004 (6:18 pm)
Wow, how about that. It's not Suzuki or Mitsubishi anymore. And Ford thought they had a mess when the big Firestone deal happened.
Aug 15, 2004 (10:30 pm)
Give me a Corolla, at 30MPH and I'll show you how easily I can flip it I'm not shocked, and anyone who buys an SUV/Truck, should understand the limits of the vehicle... unfortunately we have a sue-happy society that lacks common sense... Not enough stickers on the vanity covers will make up for the lack of common sense I see on so many people daily. And what's sad, some of these people hold jobs that pay over $80K yearly.
Aug 15, 2004 (10:57 pm)
Aug 28, 2004 (8:11 pm)
First off, let me recall the credibility of 20/20, 60 Minutes, Dateline, and the like. Like when Dateline used incendiary devices to "prove" that a Chevy Truck will explode when t-boned. Why would anybody believe anything the media tells us anymore?
Secondly - it seems almost like a witch hunt on Ford. I'm at a loss as to why, but Ford sure seems to be singled out more than anyone else.
Lastly - I have driven SUVs since 94, and lots of Ford SUVs and I have never, NEVER, mind you, felt they were the least bit unstable in any situation. No doubt, they tip over, and as ANT says, so do sedans. I drive them carefully, and feel very secure in them. The most unstable vehicle I have ever owned, was an 86 Toyota Van, that was unstable over 60 MPH, especially in a wind.
Well, I'm not frightened by this news....not at all. And if I buy another SUV, I'll still strongly consider a Ford. They've been very good to me.