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#1 of 22 2006 EXplorer
Nov 03, 2006 (1:50 pm)
Have had this vehicle about 2 months. It has the camel 2 tone leather interior. For some reason, I have a 2" strip across the back of the driver's seat about the width of my belt. I wear mostly dark colored pants for work (brown, black, blue, gray). I took this back to the dealer seeking warranty but it was denied. They said it was my clothing. What a crock......I have had vehicles with leather seats since 1975 & have never had this problem. My parents Freestyle has leather seats, the same color & it does not have this problem. Since I noticed this problem, I have started checking out other Explorer's with the same interior & have seen much the same thing. Just wondering how many have noticed this problem. My vehicle has less than 3,000 miles..........hate to see what it will look like
#2 of 22 Re: 2006 EXplorer [bnewt5]
Nov 05, 2006 (7:03 am)
I was looking at the 2006/2007 models yesterday and noticed that there was a "used" 2006 model with only 1000 miles on it--my brother noticed the crappy looking black stains (like someone scribbled light charcoal on the seats) on the leather seats. I thought he was crazy until I looked at the 0mile 2007 model and saw what it was supposed to look like. This is probably why the 2006 model was returned to be sold as "used" and under 1000 miles.
#3 of 22 Re: 2006 EXplorer [bnewt5]
Dec 28, 2006 (6:11 pm)
My girlfriend bought a 2006 explorer about 2 months ago and we have noticed coloring on the seats as well. She has the camel leather and on the outer bottom of the seats there is a bluish coloring. We figure most likely from our jeans. But considering how much she paid extra for the seats you would think that it would be better quality. I too have had leather in a previous Saturn and NEVER had that problem.
She has a few other problems with the truck as well...any with yours?
#4 of 22 Re: 2006 EXplorer [jmorrisonsells]
Jan 04, 2007 (5:56 am)
No, I have not had any other problems as of this date. But I agree with your statement about the leather. Leather seats are an additional charge of around $900. I will never have another vehicle with light colored interior. I don't think that I will have another one with leather seats either.
#5 of 22 Re: 2006 EXplorer [bnewt5]
Mar 14, 2007 (1:48 pm)
I have an 05 Expedition with the same issue. Both front seat covers were replace at 9k miles, just today one of the rear seat backs went bad. Leather cracks off, blue fabric underneath shows through. Car has 16k miles on it now, and probably 3 people or fewer have ever been in the back seats (meaning middle row).
Ford has taken care of all three seats so far. No complaint about their after sales service and support.
But, there is a problem out there with their leather it seems. This is my 3rd Expedition (1999,2003 and 2005) and the others did not do this. Maybe they switched vendors or something for 2005/6? I'm not sure but the car is cherry otherwise. Seats look like car has 116k on it, not 16k.
#6 of 22 2006 Ford explorer
Apr 19, 2007 (8:02 am)
I recently purchased a 2006 Explorer with less than 15,000 miles and it has leather ( light and dark gray), 3rd row seats, sun roof,etc. So far I love this vehicle but was wondering if anyone was having any problems with their vehicles and what it was so I can be on the look out. Also this vehicle has little lights that come on under the outside mirrors. I can't for the life of me figure out why haha Any info would be appreciated Thanks
#7 of 22 The beauty of Puddle Lamps.
Apr 20, 2007 (10:48 am)
Don't you want to see what you are about to step in?
Imagine the curbs you won't trip over? the Puddles you won't soak yourself in.
#8 of 22 Re: 2006 EXplorer [bnewt5]
Apr 20, 2007 (11:54 am)
Have also been having issues with the leather in my 2006 Explorer looking "dirty". I do not wear dirty clothes while driving so have not been able to figure out why the driver's seat looks this way. Had no idea others were having this problem! Only have 7,000 miles on my truck but have had this going on since day 1.
#9 of 22 Re: The beauty of Puddle Lamps. [mschmal]
Apr 20, 2007 (3:13 pm)
it is usually still dark out when i go to work. i like that the puddle lights can be turned on as i walk over to the vehicle. i don't have to turn on the light in the garage, then turn it back off when after i walked over to the vehicle, or open the garage door before i want to.
#10 of 22 V6 versus V8 in an Explorer
Jun 12, 2007 (6:05 pm)
My husband and I are seriously thinking of buying a 2006 or 2007 Explorer. Consumer Reports seems to be contradictory on the issue, at least for the 06. We heard that the V6 had problems but the V8 was the same engine as the F150 truck and will go forever. We don't need the extra towing capacity of the V8. Does anyone have any knowledge of which engine is better and an opinion of whether we would do well with the 2007 Explorer. We currently have a '99 Winstar which isn't exactly the most reliable car around.
This is my first post - glad to join the group
SLN from Houston