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Bel Air Car Guy
Bel Air, MD
I am looking at a 2005 XT with a turbo. 27000 miles and in good shape, but the turbo is a question of reliability.
For a short period you could run without a thermostat, but the engine will be circulating fluid continuously, and the engine will not warm up to operating temperature. If your car is running hot, and the radiator has fluid, your thermostat is probably sticking and needs replacement. Better to have the car run "cold" with fluid running through the engine continuously than to overheat the engine and have it hot. I would get the thermostat replaced. Not normally expensive, but as it is a BMW prepare for the worst! Bel Air Car Guy
Had the same problem. Took the car to CarMax (purchased it there in January 2010 - used 2006 Explorer Limited - v-8). Turned out the solenoid on the shifter was bad. Mine progressively got worse and worse. Shifter needed replacing. Total was about $350, but I had an extended warranty, so paid $50. I do not believe this has been recalled by Ford, as I have not received any recall notice and have the car registered on the Ford owners website.
Not sure if you have corrected this problem, but I just purchased a 2006 Explorer (used with 33000 miles). The one 3rd row seat had the same problem. The dealer fixed it no charge, of course. It turned out the switch to make the motor run needed to be replaced. Not sure of the cost, but a switch is certainly much less than an entire motor. Good luck