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Ford Explorer Overview

The latest version of the Ford Explorer is classed as a crossover SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) and was classed as a mid sized SUV until 2010. This vehicle has been in production since 1990 and is currently in its fifth generation. This vehicle is manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. These vehicles are very spacious and well built. They are very popular vehicles in the USA and was one of the first SUV's on the US market.

Ford Explorer 4x4 History

The first generation (1991-94) was a replacement for the Ford Bronco II. The second generation (1995-2001) had a lot of changes from the previous version and shared a lot of features with the ford Ranger. These changes affected the interior, exterior and the suspension system. It was in this generation that the Explorer was introduced to the UK. It was introduced in 1997 and by the end of this generation was discontinued and not sold on the British market. The third generation (2002-05) had nothing in common with the Ford Ranger anymore. It now had a lot of similarities to the larger Ford Expedition. This version was the first version to have a third row of seats and carry up to seven people. The fourth generation (2006-10) was slightly larger than the previous version and was built on a new frame. The fifth generation (2011-present) is the current version on the market. This version has changed class due to the change in size. It is now a crossover SUV and has given the Explorer an all new look and feel.

Model Types

Standard trim XL XLS XLT Sport North Face

Fuel Economy

The Ford Explorer has been available in 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 4.6 and 4.9L petrol engines. The smaller 2.0L engine has only been introduced on the latest model and is the most economical of all the engines. Which engine do you have and how does it perform economically?


The Ford Explorer has been available in 5 speed manual and 4, 5 or 6 speed automatic gearboxes depending on which generation. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Ford gearbox parts where you can search for your Explorer gearbox parts.


If you are looking for parts for your Ford Explorer then you are in the right place. We want to help you find these parts as cheap as possible. We have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers with parts for all makes and models. Either enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the Explorer parts page to locate your parts.