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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
150,883 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. Ford needs to replace vehicle, unsafe (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012010

Explorer XLT 4.Ol

  • Automatic transmission
  • 326,545 miles


Brake squeal ever since i had fixed. I think my car was sabotaged!!! It worked fine before i had it inspected BY FORD. They said they could not pass it because the brakes were bad. They worked fine when i drove it LESS THN A MILE THERE. Don't tell me that does not sound fishy or ill find you!!!

- , Johnstown, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 172007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Another problem that the dealership wants to charge me another $50 just to look at it. Can't check it out myself or I would. No doubt it's going to cost me an arm and a leg. I'm up to about $5000 in repairs this year. That's roughly half of what the vehicles worth. I used to like Fords.

- , South Ogden, UT, USA

problem #1

Aug 142003

(reported on)


  • 28,103 miles

the abs light came on, bilton ford fixed it, three weeks later the light stays on again, the brakes failed at a stop sign, lucky for me no cars were close to me, i feel this vehicle is unsafe and ford should replace my explorer. its a shame to pay high price labor to built a car that is unsafe. i work hard and this explorer costs lots of hard earned money. i should be able to get to and from work safely. i have grandchildren that ride with me also, i fear for their safety. i don't need ford to say they will fix the problem, i need ford to replace this vehicle.

- , St Stephen, SC, USA

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