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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.

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$60.00
Average Mileage:
34,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. bleed brake lines (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 112006

(reported on)

Explorer XLT

  • 34,000 miles

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

Pedal went to floor, couldn't engage ABS resulting in striking another vehicle. Inspected brakes showing adequate disc pads. Bled brake lines and regained pedal. Mechanic told me some Furds will inject air into brake lines. Piece of crap always seemed to have spongy brakes from the beginning.

- , Plymouth, MI, USA

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