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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
156,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 172011

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


Car just randomly starts blowing alarm ~ happens in the middle of the night while I'm sleeping ~ at church ~ all the places that it is just not very nice to have a car horn blasting!

- , D'Iberville, MS, USA

problem #1

Jan 042010

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

I am just upset with the fact that I had done a tune up. Replaced rear rotors, ignition wires, spark plugs, changed the oil and the ignition switch. The problem never went away. The truck makes a clicking sound while the THEFT light tries to blink but it's like it cuts off. we took it in for a diagnostics check and they said that there is a misfire on cylinder #6. Anyone got any hints or advice as to where I can start.

- , Jacksonville, NC, USA

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