CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2002 Ford Explorer is hands-down our worst vehicle on record. "Avoid like the plague" is putting it lightly.

The 2002-2005 Explorer has a very well-established record of expensive transmission failure at under 100k miles. The Explorer has an enclosed transmission which is typically replaced with a rebuilt transmission at a cost of almost $3,000.

Another common problem for the 2002-2003 Explorer is wheel bearing failure at around 90k miles, with a typical repair bill of $500 to $1000 depending on how many wheel bearings failed.

Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the rear panel cracking. While it's a minor annoyance compared to transmission failure, ironically the crack usually goes right through the Ford logo.

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
27,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 012005

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 27,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

just thought I would add this in too since I was here. It just cracked in too.

Also just so you all know, I have an extended warranty but a $50 deductible AND I live an hour away and I have 3 children. So it is easily a hundred to $150 trip every time.

- , Rock Port, MO, USA

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