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My New Ride

As yall know, I sold my Ranger about 2 weeks ago. The next day I went and picked up my new ride. It's a 2004 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4. Bone stock. Don't worry, I'm already working o that. It has gray leather interior, 3rd row seat, rear air, 4wd,4.0 V6, blah blah blah... Pics:

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First mod was The Scan Guage from my Ranger, second was the '064x4 emblem, them in tinted the front windows and the Clarion double-din Radio/CD/DVD player.

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The plan for now is to stay relatively stock. Not going to lift it or lower it. I will install my X-cal once I get it reprogrammed. I'm also thinking about a sub or two in the back. Any, let me know what ya think.


Oh and one more of the Ranger.
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Thats nice man! Any mods in store for it?
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nice. the newer exploders are nice rides man, that what my wifes next car will be once we ditch her POS blazer. sad to see your truck go but youre new ride is nice.
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Not bad Mike. If it were mine, I'd ditch that 3rd row seat and throw 2 15's back there... haha
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Nice definitely more room which would be nice. Hows the rear end sound tip in and out?
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Nice Mike! How many miles on it?
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Nice, the only thing I don't care for is the older 4.0's. They tend to be very noisy, especially when the engine gets hot.
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I'd loose the running boards
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Nice, the only thing I don't care for is the older 4.0's. They tend to be very noisy, especially when the engine gets hot.
that year has the SOHC in it, i think the OHV stopped in the exploders in 97 or 98.
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that year has the SOHC in it, i think the OHV stopped in the exploders in 97 or 98.
Yeah, but they're still noisy. I know because my Mom had a 2004 with the 4.0. Look it up, it's a common complaint.
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Yeah, but they're still noisy. I know because my Mom had a 2004 with the 4.0. Look it up, it's a common complaint.
hmm, didnt know that, i will look into it because i will be in the market for one here soon.
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hmm, didnt know that, i will look into it because i will be in the market for one here soon.
You know how the 4.6's sound in the older F-150's when under a heavy load or moderate to hard acceleration? It is the same noise and is completely normal. With the hot summers we have here it tended to be very noisy once the engine got hot and the fans kicked in.

Not knocking your ride, Mike. They are nice vehicles.
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http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Explorer/2004/

yeah the 2002-2004 Explorers don't have the best track record.

http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Ex...r_window.shtml
That cracked panel under the rear window is EXTREMELY common. I personally see them all the time. Not a big deal if it doesn't bother you.

http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Ex...fts_hard.shtml
^^ This is the real problem. 2002 Explorers were the worst but 03-04 has problems to. They EAT TRANSMISSIONS LIKE IT'S THERE JOB. I guess the rear IRS has some issues as well.

http://www.carcomplaints.com/worst_vehicles/
It's the #2 most complained about vehicle on the whole site lol. Next to the 2002 Explorer of course.

Good luck with the new truck!
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Looks good! Not near as good as your Ranger was but I'm sure you'll fix that!
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Best paint color for the explorer in my opinion...wheel and tire mod next?
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Meh...not impressed. But as we all know the only opinion that matters is the person who owns it.

I understand where you're coming from with the keeping it stockish thing. Its kinda nice to have a not too heavily modded vehicle to DD. More comfortable, better MPG's, rides smoother, exc.
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Definitely not what I expected you to get. Although I really like that body style for the expo's.
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Like the ride. Not the running boards
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Nice man! We have an 03 NBX 4x4 with the 4.6 have put 50k on it in the past 5 years and it has been great! Sucks about the rear hatch I haven't had that issue yet. (knock on wood) I am jealous of the double din I need one for the ranger and the expo. What gears does yours have with the 4.0?

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Looks good. Gonna miss your ranger but still a good choice.. Truth be told I almost bought a 06 sport trac instead of my 04 Ranger... Kinda glad I didnt but at the same time seating for friends would be nice... Make sure you stick around and buy yourself at least a fleet ranger as a parts truck. :)
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You know how the 4.6's sound in the older F-150's when under a heavy load or moderate to hard acceleration? It is the same noise and is completely normal. With the hot summers we have here it tended to be very noisy once the engine got hot and the fans kicked in.

Not knocking your ride, Mike. They are nice vehicles.
My 4.6 sounds like that sometimes when its over 90* here.


Edit: Oh btw nice ride!
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Needs bigger tires :p Looks good though
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mmmmmm.....4x4 eh!? well you know what im gonna say.....headlight mod and corners.....3-4" suspension lift....35's......roof rack and brush guard! you'll get there buddy!! lol i like it!!
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http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Explorer/2004/

yeah the 2002-2004 Explorers don't have the best track record.

http://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Ex...r_window.shtml
That cracked panel under the rear window is EXTREMELY common. I personally see them all the time. Not a big deal if it doesn't bother you
x2 i see that all the time too
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nice man.

i've thought about one of these myself. but a slightly newer one with the updated interior and front end and tail lights. then body lift it and put some nice wheels and tires on and have a nice daily driver. oh and v8 haha
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