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#825 of 859 My 2006 Explorer Is Wonderful
Jan 26, 2009 (1:48 pm)
My 2006 Explorer EB V8 with rear wheel drive has 52,000 miles on it and has been a wonderful vehicle. It is a work vehicle, and has no third row seat and no factory subwoofer, thus making the rear storage area wide enough for my 15' Little Giant ladder and various tools and supplies used for inspecting and testing for toxic / hazardous materials. I installed an pioneer AVIC-Z1 navigation and sound system, with XM, XM Navtraffic, Bluetooth for wireless cell phone use, and a rear view camera, plus four speakers, just after I bought it.
When I destroyed one of the factory tires, I replaced the factory tires with the excellent Pirelli Scorpion STRa tires, a substantial improvement.
All of the negative comments regarding the transmission really seem to eb comments regarding specific dealer mechanics. My 2006 EB V8 had a problem with a rough downshift to first when coming to a stop, but it did not bother me much. I only had it fixed just before the warrantly expired to take advantage of the free service. The mechanic at Santa Margarita ford kept it for several days, and took it apart twice to get it right.
I lock and unlock the doors many times on a typical day, so was not surprised when the power lock on the driver's door failed last week. I removed the door latch on Saturday, dismantled it Sunday, found a small gear worn at one end, flipped the gear on its shaft, and lubricated the mechanism. It should bb good for another 50,000 miles..
#826 of 859 Re: My 2006 Explorer Is Wonderful [fsmmcsi]
Jan 27, 2009 (10:32 am)
My 2006 EB V8 had a problem with a rough downshift to first when coming to a stop, but it did not bother me much.
That's the one everyone is talking about. I'm not sure why your dealer was taking the tranny apart because there is a software fix for it. They should be able to take care of it in less than an hour.
#827 of 859 Re: My 2006 Explorer Is Wonderful [baggs32]
Jan 27, 2009 (10:47 am)
Have to agree with Baggs.
I had the same problem and the fix was two stage. First time a new code was released to flash the system but I still had problems. Second time (several weeks later) another new code was released along with replacing something called a Valve Body that evidently had a new design.
After the second trip the mechanic told me he cleaned out all the adaptive learning memory and suggested I drive it normally for 50 miles (short trip down the highway) and give it a few miles to readjust. First five miles it had some mild shift problems then it seemed to adjust and have not had any problems since.
Lucky for me this was all under warranty however I did buy an extended warranty just in case.
#828 of 859 Panel under rear hatch glass is cracked, noticed others with same issue....
Jan 27, 2009 (2:06 pm)
My sister has an '04 Explorer XLT and the exterior panel (plastic, I think) located between the rear hach glass and the license plate recently cacked into two pieces! Since that happened, I've spotted at least four other Explorers with the same broken panel...so I'm guessing this isn't an isolate incident?
Does anyone else know about this issue or perhaps you've experienced the same problem? I'd love to find out that Ford will replace it (even though the warranty is long gone), but I'm wondering if it was a defective part altogether that they should be paying to replace?
Any advice will be appreciated!
#829 of 859 Re: Panel under rear hatch glass is cracked, noticed others with same issue.... [igozoomzoom]
Jan 28, 2009 (7:37 pm)
I've read about your cracked hatch problem before. IIRC, Ford does not fix that under warranty unfortunately. Others have stated they had to pay for it out of pocket. That's not to say you can't try if you still have some kind of warranty working for you though. I've only read about it a few times.
#830 of 859 Re: Panel under rear hatch glass is cracked, noticed others with same issue.... [igozoomzoom]
Feb 24, 2009 (10:01 am)
I have a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer with the same problem. I took it to the dealer and was told tit was a design problem. Dealer repaired with no cost to me.
#831 of 859 Re: Panel under rear hatch glass is cracked, noticed others with same issue.... [bernie19]
Feb 24, 2009 (10:17 am)
When did they repair it at no cost to you? I'm just wondering if Ford finally realized what was going on and decided to pay now. I wonder if they are reimbursing those who did pay previously?
#832 of 859 18" tires
Mar 01, 2009 (8:52 am)
I am considering buying used 2008 explorer ltd. Vehicle has 18" tires and do not know how they will do in snow compared to 17" tires. Can anyone give me any info on this.
#833 of 859 Re: 18" tires [jdh]
Mar 28, 2009 (5:55 pm)
My '06 EB 4WD has 18 inch tires, and other than the cost to replace, I have had no problems with them. The wife hit a curb at about 5,000 and the one tire was close to $200. I'm hoping they have come down some since I'll have to look for a new set in about 10k.
They were gret this winter in snow and ice, and it was a worse than average winter.