Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
126,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer accessories - exterior problems

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012010

Explorer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles


First my remote stopped working i changed the battery twice didn't work well my truck had un programmed itself from the remote so i had to go to Matthews and have them re-program it (which is like the easiest thing in the world-total waste of time to have to sit and wait for them to do something i had to re-do myself at least 10x) But after that my remote still worked but stopped unlocking the drivers door, so then i was using the key, but after that the key stopped unlocking it and i had to open my door from the inside.

- , Newark, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 172010

Explorer LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

The key fob has now stopped working completely. The problem began when my car alarm would go off randomly if I set the alarm by double clicking the lock button on the key fob. Now the only way to lock or unlock the vehicle is with the key or keyless entry pad on the driver's door. This seems to be related to the complete meltdown of the entire electrical module in the dashboard. I've been quoted $700 for a repair.

- , Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 012010

Explorer 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

The door locks and rear hatch will not open with the key fob or the master switch on driver door. Also the interior lights do not always go off when the car is shut down. Any one have any ideas? Jim

- , Leavenworth, WA, USA

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