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.

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
53,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the horn/airbag assembly (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 092007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

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

Reported the horn skipping six times and reproduced but always showed up as "have customer return when present". Finally asked the technician to honk it himself over and over. Skip, Skip, Skippity Skip. Again and again. They could not refuse the fix so they got the aftermarket warranty to cover it somehow.

- , Howell, MI, USA

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