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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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2006 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 012007

Explorer 8-cyl

  • miles


When the car stops, starts or drives slow... it jerks when changing gears from 1st through 3rd, both up- and down shifting. It has also started to slow (for no apparent reason) when driving at a steady speed on the highway (going around 65-70 miles an hour), I have had mullinax Ford look at the transmission 5 times now, and it is still there. Currently I am involved in a lemon law case trying to get Ford to buy my car back. They are stating that there is no significant problem with my transmission and at the same time saying that it is due to abuse or neglect on my part "??" I can only suggest that others take the same route - the more the better to get the attention of Ford to completely fix this problem. I also have had my compass worked on (did not show anything or just two lines), the gear shifter replaced (wouldn't shift out of 'P'), the rear window replaced (due to water leak) and the air conditioning system replaced as there was something bend "?". I also have experienced that when work has been done on the car the breaks worked differently afterwards. In my opinion the 2006 Ford Explorer is a lemon.

- Apopka, FL, USA

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