What to look for when buying a used Ford Explorer

We recommend to avoid the 2006 V6 Explorer, as the leaking radiators in them were causing the engine to overheat. Some of the 2007 models were affected by this issue too. An engine that has been overheated is more likely to have more problems in the future.
Check history records to find out if the truck had any reported accidents or other issues.
When inspecting the truck, watch out for low engine coolant level and coolant leaks from the radiator and thermostat housing. Check if the CD/DVD players work. Test all the heater and air conditioner modes.
Once the engine is started, all the warning lights on the dash should come off; if any of the warning lights stays on, there is a problem.
During the test drive, pay attention to the way the transmission shifts; there should be no jerks or jolts; all shifts should be smooth. There should be no clunk when coming to a stop. Unstable idle, stalling, hesitation are signs of problems. Watch out for noises from the drivetrain and suspension.
A humming or growling noise and looseness in the front end could be caused by a bad front wheel bearing. Before signing the contract, have the truck inspected by an independent mechanic even if it's sold as 'Certified Pre-owned'. Ask to test the transmission and 4WD system.
Guides for used car buyers:

Maintenance: Have the oil changes done in recommended intervals to keep the engine in good shape. Regularly check the coolant level; if you notice coolant leaks on your parking spot or if the engine temperature starts rising more than usual, have the truck checked out.
The Explorer is a tall heavy SUV with high center of gravity. This type of vehicles have higher rollover rates, especially with a heavy load, so good tires as well as the proper tire pressure are very important. Check tire pressure regularly. Incorrect tire pressure can also cause problems with the 4WD system and the ABS. For the same reason, it's also important to have all four tires of the same brand and size.
If you have concerns with the way the transmission shifts, have it checked out before it gets worse. Some problems, if caught early, can be less expensive to repair.
If your truck needs a new ignition coil, it's a good idea to replace all the spark plugs as well. At least once a year, have your truck inspected in a repair shop on the hoist to keep it safe.
You might also be interested:

Recalls: Safety Recalls - NHTSA or Transport Canada - Road Safety Recalls.
Ford Owners - check maintenance schedule or download an electronic copy of the owner's manual.
Ford Trucks - Ford enthusiasts forum

2007 Ford Explorer specifications

Overall length:
Overall width:
Overall height:
Ground clearance:

193.4 in (4912 mm)
73.7 in (1872 mm) - excluding mirrors
72.8 in (1849 mm)
113.7 in (2888 mm)
8.2 in (208 mm)

Seating capacity:

5, 6 or 7 passenger



4.0-liter, V6, 12-valve SOHC
210 hp @ 5,100 rpm, 254 lb-ft @ 3,700 rpm

4.6-liter, V8, 24-valve SOHC
292 hp @ 5,750 rpm, 300 lb-ft @ 3,950 rpm
EPA Fuel Economy (US mpg, L/100 km):
4.0L V6 engine, 2WD:

4.6L V8 engine, 2WD:

4.0L V6 engine, 4WD:

4.6L V8 engine, 4WD:

city: 14 mpg (16.8 L/100 km)
hwy: 20 mpg (11.8 L/100 km)

city: 13 mpg (18.1 L/100 km)
hwy: 20 mpg (11.8 L/100 km)

city: 13 mpg (18.1 L/100 km)
hwy: 18 mpg (13.1 L/100 km)

city: 13 mpg (18.1 L/100 km)
hwy: 18 mpg (13.1 L/100 km)

Recommended Fuel:

87 octane

Fuel Tank Capacity:

22.5 US gallons (85.2 liters)

Engine oil capacity:
4.6L engine
4.0L engine

6.0 US qt. (5.7L)
5.0 US qt. (4.7L)