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 3 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 2008 Ford Explorer owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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)

"Rear Right turn signal not working. Front right turn signal and the indicator sound inside both flash quicker than normal. Problem just arose within the past week"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"The turn signal light bulb burned out in the first weeks after we purchased it. No other problems have occurred"

William P., IL (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Gauges

"speedometer light bulb burned out"

Anonymous, MT (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"wen I hit a bump, the power seats move forward and backward"

Jeff A., MS (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"The lights in the middle and back of the car stopped working. The most annoying problem has been the lights in the gear shift console stopped working completely. It would be too expensive to fix because I was told it would take have to be taken apart and would be time consuming. Luckily, from years of driving, I know where each gear is i.e., drive, park, reverse, neutral."

Timothy M., NY (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Interior lights turn on intermittently"

Egidio M., ON (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Dome lights come on at random times while driving down the road"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"when I hit a bump, the interior lights come on for 30-45 seconds and the power seats move forward and backwards"

Jeff A., MS (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Lights come on intermittently while driving"

John S., PA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Light above dashboard comes on for no reason when I'm driving"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)

"the curtesy lights in both visor mirrors are broken - the covers came off immediately making it impossible for the lights to turn off. We tried placing styrofoam up there to to turn the lights off which worked part of the time. then the lights them"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Explorer 4.6-L V8)

"The plastic hinges on the plate covering the make-up mirror on both the driver and front passenger side visors broke shortly after purchase (February 2014). The mke-up mirror and convenience light on each visor currently held together with elastic b"

Patrick D., ON (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"Rodent chewed the wiring harness causing the starter to not receive power and the car not start"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"I've had a problem with tire pressure and the monitor since I've had the car but it has gotten worse in the past year. The warning light comes on a couple of times a week now. Sometimes the tires need air and sometimes they don't. I was told by a mechanic that it is the way the rims are made and the material used to make them."

Timothy M., NY (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Driving 30 minutes at highway speeds on hot summer days the tire pressure warning lights up, No issues when not driving in hot summer."

Paul L., CA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Tire Presure Warning light goes off every other day and cannot be cleared till you turn the engine off for awhile"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Keeps coming on while driving. Says "Fault" or "Error""

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"no tail lights"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Had to replace the rear window wiper motor after the previous one locked up. The replacement was a re-built unit"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"rear wiper motor failed"

Anonymous, MT (2008 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

"Had Shifter selector replaced 3 times. Plastic gears failed in shifter"

Dan B., CO (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"The shift interlock doesn't release every time, making it challenging to shift from Park to Revers. It is intermittent and eventually releases. The shop replaced 2 of 3 possible parts but the problem continues"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Rough shifting

"Mild rough shifting began 5 years ago, increasing in roughness over the years. Ford dealer says a $3,000 rebuild is necessary soon or experience a complete on road failure."

Paul L., CA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission has shifted roughly after the engine warms up. The problem has persisted for a few years."

Chris F., FL (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"car continues to slip and shift roughly when accelerating, especially rough, jarring, and noticeable when merging onto highway from on-ramps"

Andrew K., PA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"When shifting into reverse experienced jolt"

Mark H., PA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Since purchase , rough down shift when stopping- often occurs but not a,ways-Ford claims it is the computer- they adjust each oil change"

Dennis M., CA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Transmission started rough up shifts and downshifts in the first three gears at 55,000, but didn't get serviced under warranty. At 70,000 miles continued rough shifting and now slips between up shift on second to third gear. Requires replacement at $"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Brought it to the dealer three times and each time told me they could not find anything wrong. Transmission finally went into safe mode while we were driving. Dealer would not take any responsibility although they wanted to do the transmission replacement. I bought a re-manufactured transmission and had a local mechanic do the install. I no longer deal with that dealer (not the dealer I purchased the vehicle from."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"transmission lugs in high gear when going uphill or at lower speeds. serious enough that I'm going to get rid of the car before I have to replace the transmission"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Seems to slip on down shift when stopping"

Dennis M., CA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Transmission started rough up shifts and downshifts in the first three gears at 55,000, but didn't get serviced under warranty. At 70,000 miles continued rough shifting and now slips between up shift on second to third gear. Requires replacement at $"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"shift delays, 'banging' into 2nd and 3rd, banging down from high to low gear"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"the transmission sometimes jerks when you accelerate"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Two times, the dealer has had to reprogram the car's computer to reset shifting speed"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Blown seal while towing travel trailer"

Richard T., MI (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"leaking form fornd end - yoke; had to be dismantled, parts replacement and reassembled"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"AWD would no longer engage. so only rear wheel drive worked. sensor was changed and AWD then worked. But, since then, front wheels transmission seems to rumble , and MPG has increased"

Francois B., NY (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Two times the dealer has had to replace the shifting solenoids because of jerking down and up shifting"

Anonymous, CA (2008 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)

"good car"

John G., CA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Brakes locked up"

John D., NY (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Calipers

"When applying the brakes, you feel a vibration in the brake pedal like it was applying the ABS system which I thought was the problem but the mechanic said it needed new calipers and brakes."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

"brakes were first major repair after 30000 miles"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Had new front break pads replaced no problems but knew they were worn"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

"replaced brakes twice on vehicle already"

Dennis R., MI (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Brake Pads and Rotors worn and had to be replaced after only 70,000 km"

Patrick D., ON (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"weather and road conditions resulted in regular wear on brakes"

Robert S., WI (2008 Ford Explorer 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Location of the parking brake handle-too low!"

Charles G., CA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"The car vibrates when the brakes are applied at any speed and the mechanic that I had work on it just kept on making changes which he charged and it did not fully fix the problem. I am going to have the Ford dealer take a look."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"good auto"

John G., CA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"replaced rotors and brake pads at 95,000 miles. Normal wear and tear"

Roderick A., TX (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"brakes wear out at an abnormally fast rate"

Joel W., (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"SCR red warning came on. abs failure ensued. TRAC reset had to be done. 4 barake kits and 4 rotors had to be changed"

Francois B., QC (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced rotors at 95,000 miles; regular wear and tear. First replacement"

Roderick A., TX (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Car had a squeaking noise that we couldn't figure out until we took to Firestone and they diagnosed Caliper sticking"

Robert M., NC (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 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

Ball joints

"First replacement in life of vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Explorer)

"Had to replace twice in the life of the car"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Bushings

"I had to have the right front bushing assembly replaced at 48000 miles. Now the left front is making noise. Ford vehicles do not stand up as good as previous years. This my 4th and last Ford."

Ralph P., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"THEY WERE WORN & PAST THE ALLOWABLE SPECIFICATION SO WERE REPLACED."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"right front bearing needed to be changed as it vibrated"

Francois B., NH (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"The front wheel bearings are shot as is the bearings in the differential. Costly to repair."

Michael C., CA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"The bearings were making a noise so I proactively had both bearings changed."

Anonymous, NE (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Had to replace both front wheel bearings at 92000 miles"

Troy H., KY (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Left wheel bearing needed to be replaced at 52000, miles. Said I hit a pothole. I did not hit pothole. never had these problems with Ford cars in the past"

Ralph P., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"lost coolant due to thermostat housing leak"

Robert B., FL (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Radiator

"Started with a coolant leak and resulted in a new radiator being installed"

Mark F., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator needed to be changed"

Francois B., NH (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"had to replace radiator"

Todd E., GA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"a hole appeared in radiator. Discovered during routine maintenance. Engine never overheated though"

Paul R., FL (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator needed to be replaced due to leaking"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Thermostat

"Vehicle Check Engine Light came on, I took the the SUV in to my service folks (Not a Ford Dealer), had a diagnostic run, and discovered it was the Thermostat that was the issue. Had it replaced and drove out approx. one hour or so later. I've had no issues since."

Joseph B., WV (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"housing assembly was leaking"

Robert B., FL (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Water pump failure caused problem with heater and thermostat"

Mark H., PA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Did not have a problem with the transmission replacement. I purchased the replacement transmission and had a local mechanic install. Not issues."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission began shifting rough and slipping at 82000 miles. Had complete rebuild"

Troy H., KY (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"The car experienced problems when shifting the automatic transmission into reverse. After numerous troubleshooting and investigation - starting with replacing the U-joints, followed by rebuilding the rear differential, drive shaft issues, transfer case, eventually the transmission had to be re-built"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"Transmission began slipping and hard shifting about 60,000 miles and was replaced as unrepairable at 89,000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Five year extended warranty. failed month after"

Robert D., NM (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"would not go into any gear forward or reverse had to have it towed and the transmission had to be rebuilt"

Robert B., PA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"At about 65,000 the Transmission began to shift hard especially when slowing down. It feels like a bump. The dealer rebuilt part of the transmission and reset the computer It has started again. I will return to the dealer"

Alan N., TX (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"I was very displeased with the way the new transmissions are built.... they have to be replaced when there are problems because of the new way they are built... the car was not that old so we chose to put rebuilt transmission in.... very costly"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

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

"Have had it looked at by professional. Never resolved problems from adding anti freeze to fuses, but continues not to cool."

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"blower motor failed while on a trip"

Dennis R., MI (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Heater blower motor had to be replaced"

Dan B., CO (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Heater system

"The selector switch to control where the air comes out does not work."

Michael C., CA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

"at 50000 miles the heating system stop working. Only had cold air went heat was turn on. Ford dealership had to replace a plastic flap door with a plastic gear. It still makes a loud noise when switching from cold to hot. Terrible. Cheap item for heating / cooling sysytem"

Ralph P., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"The vechile heating system ( blended motor, clicking sound) stop working at 54000 miles. Contacted Ford Motor. They did not care about the problem"

Ralph P., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Leak was hard to detect and I had to go back to the dealership twice. Turned out to be in the dash board which they had to take off to get to it. Total cost $1200"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Because of the age of the vehicle, it took more time & money to remove the existing fasteners for the manifold then to purchase & install the new gasket. Plus, it appears the other side is now leaking."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Had to replace it"

J M., RI (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"OEM used bolts to secure the manifold which were not corrosion proof. The broke off causing the leak. $1500 to repair with stainless steel bolts on both sides"

Robert H., WV (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Muffler

"muffler pipe cracked, had to take it to an after market shop to weld it shut, Ford would not do it, insisted on complete new muffler system"

Raoul M., IL (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Rusted a hole through the muffler. Nothing major, but I replaced the entire exhaust system"

Robert H., WV (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)
Pipes

"Had to replace entire original muffler system due to failed flange where it connects to manifold. All pipes and hangers were rusty. 117,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2008 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery was 6 years old and end of service life"

Egidio M., ON (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Coil

"Cylinder 3 misfire led me to replace the ignition coil. Repair shop replaced 2 additional coils and all spark plugs. The rough start and reduced gas mileage still exists even after a fuel injector system service"

Chris F., FL (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced all 8 coils"

Egidio M., ON (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"Ignition coil would fail one at a time. Dealer recommends replacing one at a time as they fail. Very expensive to replace eight"

Egidio M., ON (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The car ran fine but I was proactive in getting the plugs replaced."

Anonymous, NE (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

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

Driveshaft or axle

"Rear axle hub bearing failure, causing noise and vibration."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0-L V6)

"The axle seals needed replacing on the driver's side of both axles"

Jason S., IA (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

"Undercarriage wiring torned from protective sleeve triggered ABS and Traction control failure"

Francois B., NH (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6-L V8)
Traction control

"SCR red warning came on. abs failure ensued. TRAC reset had to be done. 4 barake kitsand 4 rotors had to be changed"

Francois B., QC (2008 Ford Explorer Limited 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

"It just does't work. Won't eject cd's. or play"

Pat L., PA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Blue Tooth is spotty sometimes working and other times not working. Also sometimes it connects but when your connect the phone is not "there" I've had people tell me they are on the phone but not sure if they are on the phone or through SNYC"

David O., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"The Sirius Radio has not work since the beginning and only in the Fall/Winter Colder months. Sirius blames Ford and Ford Blames Sirius Vehicle is paid off now and still no resolution to the problem of not working in cold months"

David O., NJ (2008 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 leak"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6-L V8)

"water pump had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Water coming through roof where it meets the rear door. Approximately 4 inches of water found in the spare tire well"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Ford Explorer XLT)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Rear seal leaked at 55000 miles. I have never had a rear seal leak since I have owned a vehicle. They said they repaired it and it still leaked. took it back said the joint needs to be replaced and rear seal needs to be replaced again."

Ralph P., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

"Rear Axle leak where main gears are located. Terrible for a SUV with 4 wheel drive. Cheap Ford product"

Ralph P., NJ (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)

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

Fuel cap

"Fuel cap lost its ability to close completely causing the engine sensor light to turn on."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"check engine light on and gas milage dropped"

Anonymous, NC (2008 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

Rust

"Multiple rust spots on leading edge of roof"

Richard C., ID (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6-L V8)

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

Windows

"leaking seals"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 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

Timing belt or chain

"serpentine belt/pulley broke while driving"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0-L V6)
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