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.

4.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
110,000 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

Oct 192013

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

This thing acts like it's possessed or something. You have to keep turning it than it suddenly works.

- , West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #1

Jan 142008

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Turn the volume up and it goes down. Turn down and it goes up. Turn up and it goes way up. It does whatever it wants. Very annoying.

- , Richmond, VA, USA

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