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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
84,710 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced emergency brakes (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 182008

Explorer XLT 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I kept hearing a noise coming from the rear wheels that sounded like a marble dropping on a floor. This was most noticed when driving through a parking lot and maybe 5mph. I first suspected that maybe a CV joint was going bad, so I took it to a garage. The mechanic pulled the rear wheels and the emergency brakes fell out in pieces. The noise is now gone but the cost to replace the brakes was about $191.00

Now I need all 4 struts and the mechanic just found a broken rear coil spring.

Back in June, I had to have the entire transmission rebuilt ($2,100). This suv was great for the first 4 years of ownership and I didn't have to spend a dime for anything except the yearly inspection. Now everything is going bad. Owned many Fords in my lifetime and this might be my last.

- , Huntingdon, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles

Not covered under any insurance, so I am driving without an emergency brake! I wish I would have heard about this site... my son joked today that I was dumb, because lemons cost much less at a grocery store than ford.

- , Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada

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