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#189 of 859 Potentially Great But With Safety Issues
Oct 02, 2005 (7:09 am)
I have owned a 1992, 1996 and 2002 Explorer EB and decided to step up to the 2006 Limited. Ford has made many improvements over the years and this year's edition is the best ever. However, there are two safety related problems that bother me. Hopefully they will be corrected but I wonder. First there is an occasional hesitation when pulling away from a complete stop. I wonder what would happen if a stall happened just as I was pulling into traffic. Second, There is an " image" of the dash top which reflects across the entire front window during day driving. Sometimes I find myself focusing on the reflection rather than the road. Not good! Has anyone with a 2006 model experienced the same problems? Thanks. Bob
#190 of 859 Re: Narrow footwells spreading like a fungus [gearjammer62]
Oct 02, 2005 (7:59 am)
agreed. with every generation, any model vehicle gets better. and so does the price go up. reality is, SUV's were hot and everyone was making plenty of cash on each one. now with gas $3 a gallon and SUV sales slowing, they need to improve the vehicle and keep the price reasonable. seems like detroit has finally followed the lead of the japanese and started making vehicles people want, not ones that pad their bottom line.
#191 of 859 Re: Potentially Great But With Safety Issues [williams21]
Oct 02, 2005 (1:44 pm)
I bet your hesitation is the throttle-by-wire unit. All cars that are moving to that, vs. a mechanical cable to a throttle body experience a slight, nominal hesitation to response. The Lexus owners have complained about this for a couple of years since they started using it.
Polarized glasses take that glare away.
#192 of 859 Re: Potentially Great But With Safety Issues [nvbanker]
Oct 02, 2005 (4:06 pm)
None of that with my '03 Lincoln LS.
Polarized glasses also make a navigation unit almost unreadable.
#193 of 859 Chrome running board option?
Oct 02, 2005 (5:14 pm)
Has anyone seen an '06 with the chrome running board option on it?
#194 of 859 False Alarm On Footwells, Floor Shifter Steals Storage
Oct 02, 2005 (6:30 pm)
I sat in a loaded 2006 Explorer today and the footwell space is no different in any way I could detect from that in the 2002 Mountaineer I recently sold after driving it 98,000 miles. The floor shifter raises the center console some, but not enough to matter. Therefore, I think that Car & Driver just wanted to find something to complain about, since I see no basis for their complaint.
The floor shifter does steal storage space which was very useful in the 2002 - 2005 Explorer / Mountaineer. Ford did put a shallow tray on top of the dashboard of the 2006 models, but that is much less useful that the previous tray in the console. For example, we stored ink pens, sunglasses, and various other small objects in the tray in our Mountaineer, but would not in the dash-top tray, as they could, and probably would, fly out and be scattered or even hit us in the face. A dash-top bin with a lid, as on the Fusion and Five Hundred, would be far more useful.
#195 of 859 False Alarm On Footwells,
Oct 02, 2005 (8:48 pm)
I agree with the footwell comparison, the 06 space is the same as the 05s, I compared space on a dealers lot side by side.
I did notice the seat in the 06 seems to go slightly lower to the floor than the 05 which for me makes the driving position more comfortable. The power recline is certainly a welcomed addition.
#196 of 859 Re: Potentially Great But With Safety Issues [nvbanker]
Oct 03, 2005 (7:09 am)
Thanks nv. You have given a very good description of my hesitation problem and an explanation I can discuss with service personnel. My wife said she never noticed the glare problem until I mentioned it. Sorry Mom! Thanks again for the response. Bob
#197 of 859 Cash-back offer expiration
Oct 03, 2005 (5:11 pm)
According to the Ford web site, the $2,000 cash back for 2006 Explorer and Mountaineer expires today (October 3, 2005).
Today's expiration also seems to be true for all Ford vehicles. Any guesses on what will be in effect tomorrow?
#198 of 859 Re: Cash-back offer expiration [lateralg]
Oct 04, 2005 (9:44 am)
Appears to have stayed at $2000 and added $500 ford financing cash thru Jan 6, 2006