This version of Ford Explorer's refinement and handling didn't match that of its newer car-based competitors. A mild freshening brought some improvements -- and created new annoyances. Ride comfort, noise suppression, and interior fit and finish were behind the times. On the plus side, the interior is roomy and flexible, and towing capability is strong. Curtain airbags are standard. 
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available 1999-2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available from 2002, standard from 2008. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2005.
Road Test

This version of Ford Explorer's refinement and handling didn't match that of its newer car-based competitors. A mild freshening brought some improvements -- and created new annoyances. Ride comfort, noise suppression, and interior fit and finish were behind the times. On the plus side, the interior is roomy and flexible, and towing capability is strong. Curtain airbags are standard. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (210 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (292 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Ford Explorer owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The AC stopped blowing out cool/cold air"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"When A/C comes on, it often only turns on on the driver side. Passenger side puts out heat. Sometimes it will change to A/C if the temp is put to the minimum of 60. It makes loud creaky noises when it finally turns on"

Linda B., PA (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.6-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"FAN QUIT WORKING - HAD TO REPLACE WITH A NEW ONE. NOT SO BAD CONSIDERING THE VEHICLE IS 13 YEARS OLD. FORDS ARE THE BEST."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"The second level fan speed doesn't work"

Anne C., MN (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Very noisy"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"The blower would only work on one setting. It was replace easily by a tech person"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"thermostat housing leaked"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"See previous comment. The heat comes on on the passenger side when we start the A/C"

Linda B., PA (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.6-L V8)

"The heater makes a bang noise when turned to full. Heat and the heat doesn't always work"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Refrigerant leak. Temporary fixed with stop leak. So far held up for over one year."

Joel R., FL (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"I had to change the radiator 2 times."

Mary V., TX (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator developed a crack in the top plastic portion of radiator. Apparently a very common problem from what I found on YouTube"

David R., TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"The A/C was not cooling. We had it serviced and valves replaced. After only a few months, it stopped working again"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Air conditioning is not working as well as it once did"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"replaced radiator"

Anonymous, AK (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"There was a leak in one of the refrigerant lines which had to be replaced and then fluid added"

Jim B., CA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Purchased the auto with 29,500 miles - Replaced radiator twice within 15 months, replaced thermostat, hoses etc. 3 times within 3 years"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"pinhole in refrigerant line running front to rear passenger side of vehicle; unknown cause"

Donna S., WA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to replace transmission at 110,000 miles."

Barton D., WA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"This vehicle has had its transmission built three times in its life."

Stewart J., GA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Had to have the transmission rebuilt at 85,000 miles which is way too soon."

Glenn O., NC (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"A coolest needed to be added"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"tranny faied - no reverse gear."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"the transmission would not shift from 2nd to 3rd without letting off the accelerator. one dealer wanted 1500 to take it apart and see what was wrong or install a remann for 5000. found another that repaired it for 800. its not perfect but it got us some time"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

"Total rebuild by Amco"

Ryan H., VT (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Needed to rebuilt foe second time"

L R., PA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"The car was shifting roughly and we started noticing pink fluid on our garage floor. This occurred at 120,000 miles. Spent $3,200 to replace"

Charles S., NJ (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Had to rebuild transmission after taking very good care of car"

Chris D., MA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission has been replaced with a rebuilt transmission twice within the last 1.5 years"

Sammy M., NY (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Started to change gears very rough, than got to where the car would not move some times. Had to have transmission rebuilt"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"SUV would gallop like a horse into traffic an while pressing gas normally or braking for a stop"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer)

"transmission has a manufacturer's design flaw that causes the transmission to fail. Once transmission is rebuilt, it fails within 2 years"

Donald F., TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"transmission was slipping with a clunk when placed in reverse"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"it went clunk and turned to junk two times it had to be done"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Second gear was not working, rebuild transmission with torque converter, pressure regulator valve, overdrive planetary, servo pistons"

Steve P., CT (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"trans. started slipping at 60000 miles had it rebuilt then again at roughly 100000 and still it is not right shifts hard and weird"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Misalignment corrected with 2 new tyres. Misalignment probably caused premature wear of tyres"

Malcolm C., MI (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"The entire suspension system was worn out before a hundred and thirty thousand miles"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Bushings

"The entire suspension his system was worn out at a hundred and thirty thousand miles"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Can't even find the powersteering fluid cannister to check it, but the steering is getting more difficult"

Jay E., NY (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Front torsion bar links broken, required replacement"

Tim F., NT (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Tie rods

"Had to replace the tie rods - due to the many rough roads and potholes"

Robert W., BC (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Broken connection bolts on sway bar front and rear"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"worn out"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Vehicle would not hold alignment because of excessive wear in alignment components."

Anonymous, MA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Noise from rear wheel. Mechanic indicated that the bearings were worn out."

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"The wheel bearings should not have gone out with less than 100000 miles on the vehicle. One rear wheel bearing has now been replaced twice."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced both front wheel bearing assemblies after 80,000 miles. Work fine now"

Patrick R., FL (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Noise traveled from real up the drive. Replaced bearing and changed differntial fuid. Also, replaced two tires that were the same size and make but different model"

Stephen H., RI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"TWO WHEEL BEARINGS FAILED AT LESS THAN 100000 MILES"

Dennis J., WI (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Noisy from front of car. Finally determined wheel bearings by coasting downhill in Neutral and noise remained. Both sides very stiff, rough and noisy. Replaced PAS pump prior to determining noise was wheel bearings"

Malcolm C., MI (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Two wheels needed their bearings replaced with less than 90,000 miles"

Mark A., MD (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Mechanic told me the front left bearing needed to be replaced. I did not notice anything wrong before the service and safety check"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Caused by radiator failure"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Overheating

"crack in the thermo housing"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Radiator

"seam failed, radiator was replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Leaky radiator - top had burst. Mechanic said it was normal wear given the age of the car and the fact that it was still the original FORD radiator"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"These vehicles are notorious for bad/leaky radiators; in fact, Ford issued a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) on the problem. I held the leak at bay for about three years with Bar¿s Leak. Then finally purchased a new radiator over the internet and had my local garage install it"

Robert S., VA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"I replaced the radiator with a high quality after market part because the people that used genuine Ford replacement parts were having to replace the radiator again...within another 30,000 miles. So far I have 20,000 on the new one with no leaks...yet"

John V., AR (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator failed and leaked"

Steven W., TX (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Radiator leaked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"This was the second radiator failure I've had while owning the car"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"replaced radiator three times in an eighteen month period"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"I have had to replace four radiators because of electrolysis in the fluid over the life of the car., including adding grounding straps to prevent this from happening again"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator developed a leak requiring replacement. This is the 2nd radiator that failed"

C C., TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Thermostat

"This was the 3rd time I've replaced the thermostat housing. This should have been a recall, along with the radiator. I feel that it is a design flaw. Many other people have replaced multiple radiators by the 100,000 mile mark. Low reliability"

John V., AR (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"i had a leak in the rear main seal and had it repaired they had to remove the shift cable and transmission to the console shift lever when it was replaced it would not let me shift into drive. then ended having to replace the cable and bracket"

John Dick C., CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Slipped so that 'r' was park, 'n' was reverse, 'd' was neutral, etc"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Radiator was leaking and causing the transmission cooling system to make the transmission to shift hard"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Going into reverse is very rough, and now starting to shift rough in drive"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"This type of transmission has a well documented history of issues according to websites"

Ryan H., VT (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"while accelerating vehicle surges a lower speed shifts feels like it is missing but runs fine after obtaining desirable speed"

Anonymous, MS (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Shifting slippage when accelerating above 45 Mph"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Same problem caused by radiator leaking that effected the transmission cooling system"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Transmission computer

"Transmission doesn't unlock when brake us stepped on"

Robert V., ON (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission leaked, causing the slipping and ultimately requiring a new transmission (which I haven't yet done - weighing the costs of keeping this dog alive)"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Leak from worn seal of transmission fluid temperature sensor cable"

Robert O., CO (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Hard shifting. Hesitation goininto reverse"

Robert D., RI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Radiator cracked and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced radiator"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Coolant leak from Radiator failure. I've since learned that this is a common problem with this vehicle yet Ford had never issued a recall"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Have replaced the radiator 5 times"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Thermostat housing"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"it appeared it was leaking coolent from somewhere"

Melinda W., CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The rear window seals leak when it rains. Repairs have been done at least 10 times and the leaks reappear very shortly after repair"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"The inside rubber seals around all four doors have shrunk and come loose in the corners, and the drivers side seal has come loose from the frame....I constantly have to push it up into place. And the seal around the front passenger door is horrible for wind noise. The driver side door is beginning to have problems with wind noise. Very dissatisfied with these shrinking and failing seals"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Water leak around rear lift gate"

R C., AZ (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"High pitch squeal like a bird especially when it rains"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"Especially on the passenger front door, I must partially crack the window to get rid of the huge wind noise. But both front doors have excessive wind noise, and the rear doors are beginning to do so"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Air nose around side windows"

R C., AZ (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"unit Failed ford covered under warranty"

Anthony R., AZ (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"The system totally locked up with the CD's in the system. The display says there is no CD installed when there is. It does not play."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The message displays no cd inserted when in reality it is full. It will not eject or play"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Eject the discs"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"1. If you put a cd in the system, you may not get it back. Eject function is inoperable 2. CD's no longer play"

Robert D., MD (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"six disc locked up and wont work"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The screen went blank on the radio and has not returned."

Stewart J., GA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"When we bought the vehicle we were told it would be fixed, but the dealer didn't keep his word. It has been a dark screen for a long time. Costs too much to fix."

Gary T., WA (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"it's intermittent sometimes it works but mostly not"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Fan and Temp trigger not working. Temp trigger making fan increase/decrease. Manual A/C triggers on A/C function normally"

Jose L., TX (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"the overhead compartment covers both latches broke off"

Jan M., AZ (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"There are sections on the body that are blistering and bubbling. Then water gets under and it begins to rust. Also, the silver veneer on my front grill is flaking off."

Anne C., MN (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Paint is peeling on the hood. Paint shop noted disimilar metals are causing the issue and allegedly Ford is aware of the issue"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The silver on the grill is peeling and there are several spots on the body where the paint is bubbling"

Anne C., MN (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Paint is chipping on top of car. Pieces missing. Will only get worse"

Melinda W., CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Paint on the hood started to blister in 2009. Spoke to the dealer about it they indicated that Ford had a problem with the primer. There was no TSB that I aam aware of. There was no fix offered"

James R., PA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"the false chrome on the grill is cracking and peeling off"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Paint is peeling, cracking and rusting around the passenger rear wheel"

Anonymous, NH (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Rust

"rusting in the license pocket on rear deck lid; peeling grill"

Donna S., WA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Abs speed sensor in right front hub had to be replaced"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"ABS light and stability lights both are on. Mechanic said I am driving without either now. Will get it repaired when/if it becomes a problem"

John Q., TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Stuck caliper created brake to drag"

Anonymous, RI (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"No problems, just normal wear"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Just a little bit harder to stop"

Robert B., ME (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced rear parking brake shoes and instal new rear disc brake pad and rotors"

Terry M., CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Cables had frozen and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"early disk replacement (wear)"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Squeaking

"I get an unknown squeak coming from under the vehicle which we have not been able to locate. And, no, I have not taken it back to a Ford dealer because I don't trust them"

Gary F., WA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"I have trouble getting it into 4WD when doing under 4 mph. In most cases I have to come to a complete stop to engage it"

Gary F., WA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"It failed, it was expensive to fix"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace it"

Robert V., ON (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"it was replaced twice by Ford Dealership, once with a used and then with a completely rebuilt, and the problem still exists, Ford said it's a common problem"

Fred F., MO (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Front differential catastrophic failure while driving on interstate at highway speed"

C C., TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Front drive shaft needed replaced. This was from normal driving conditions, no off road driving"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"A/C relay on printed circuit board defective"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"Can't reset dash awareness lights. They come back on after necessary repairs are made."

Anonymous, LA (2006 Ford Explorer)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Crankshaft pulley/balancer separated which destroyed cps. Outer pulley separated at rubber annulus to inner pulley. Outer pulley destroyed crankshaft position sensor; NO ignition. Also caused overheating and blew radiator. The accessory belt continued to function on inner pulley at reduced accessories rpm, hence overheating at low rpm"

Malcolm C., MI (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Serpentine belt failed, upon replacement found main engine output pulley bent/warped"

Ralph L., ME (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"An engine check light could not be removed and led to a failed state inspection. After several visits to different garages the fault was finally traced to a faulty engine control module (ECM). I purchased a new one from an internet source and had my local garage install the module, clear the check engine light and do the inspection"

Robert S., VA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"unintended run-away acceleration that lead to a crash"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Service emission light has been on a long time, mechanics can't solve the problem"

Jay E., NY (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"hoses leaking"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"After a successful 3000 trip (following transmission rebuild at 85,000 miles) engine started missing. Got to the point where we couldn't drive the car. I spent months trying to troubleshoot the problem myself (with lots of coaching from shops and parts stores). Ended up replacing all the plugs & coils and fuel filter. Runs well now, but now needs new catalytic converters at 89,000 miles."

Glenn O., NC (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Faulty fuel injectors flooded the catalytic convertors and ruined them. They were causing the engine light to come on."

Anonymous, NV (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"catalyst to muffler system joint disintegrated. The compressible ring between the two trumpet flanges disintegrated causing leak and rattle."

Malcolm C., MI (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

"expensive fix!!! Couldn't pass emissions without the fix though"

David H., MA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Drivers side exhaust manifold stud snapped, causing exhaust leak. Common problem with the 4.6L v8. Had passenger side done years ago, now replaced drivers side with upgraded stud bolts. Shouldn't have an issue again!"

Matthew D., CA (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Water entering rear passenger side tail light causing the light bulbs to die."

Anonymous, SC (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The driver side fog light seal continues to leak thus creating condensation inside the light casing causing the light to blow out"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"A bulb in my left taillight burned out and was replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Warning lights

"Airbag needs service light comes on sometimes and then goes off"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Had to replace the rear window wiper motor"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat belts

"passenger seat belt gets tighter way too much when braeking"

John Dick C., CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Middle back seat buckle head is broken and wont latch"

Melinda W., CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"the four way switch failed at forward contact"

Jan M., AZ (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The trim on the glass hatch is attached with double sided tape. The tap has given up ant the conduit is loose. The conduit tends to get in the way of the hatch as it hangs a bit"

James R., PA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"body panel on rear hatch splits. This is common problem on majority of this model"

Donald F., TN (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"head is reportedly blown. The mechanic continues to string me along with repairs but the blown head gasket signals the end. time to spent money on a new ride, not a broken down ride."

Jeffrey Y., MD (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine died and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"head gasket is now the problem that writes this vehicle's obit. it's done and i have overspent on repairs, now shopping for new wheels, my last new car."

Jeffrey Y., MD (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"timing belt(s) are currently making noise"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"The individual coils at the spark plugs have been a recurring problem,"

Scott M., NC (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"Multiple spark plug and cool failures"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"additional cost to remove plugs. Plugs prone to breaking when they are removed"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"When the engine light came on, so we had the EGR value replaced. Engine light came on again just a week later, but we haven't had the money to do any more work on it yet"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump was leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"System messed up after a rodent ate part of the filter. Ended with the ECU having to be reprogrammed by FORD - our regular mechanic couldn't solve it"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
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