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2006 Ford Explorer
CarComplaints.com Notes: The previous generation of Explorer was so awful that the redesign in 2006 was greeted with much optimism. That didn't last long.
The transmission continues to be the Explorer's worst reliability problem. Owners report shifting hard & lunging, typically starting as low as 40k miles with a $1,600 average repair bill. On top of that, the radiator is prone to failure around 60k miles. Repairs for the radiator run $500 to $1,000 & many owners report they've had to replace the radiator multiple times for leaks, indicating a possible design defect in the OEM replacement parts.
Ford did make some significant changes to improve handling and safety. Electronic stability control was added in addition to side impact air bags, but beyond that this is a vehicle that should be avoided at all costs.
Worst 2006 Explorer electrical Problems
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- dashboard cluster melt down5
- alternator failure1
- automatic door locks will not stay locked1
- headlights and dash lights blink when starting the engine1
- heater cord detached from rear window1
- securilock immobilizer anti-theft system malfunction1
- NHTSA: Electrical System22
- NHTSA: Electrical System: Starter Assembly: Solenoid1
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