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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$51.00
Average Mileage:
51,707 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. towed to dealership/ performed cooling system diag (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 122011

Explorer 4DR XLT 4X2 4.0L Sohc V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,707 miles

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

The original was my fault. My neighbor replaced some hoses and did not replace radiator cap tight, however, dealership stated they placed coolant mix into vehicle,

ONE YEAR LATER I CHECKED COOLANT TO FIND THERE WAS NO COOLANT MEASUREMENT AT ALL IN RADIATOR OR OVERFLOW. FORTUNATELY, I LIVE IN TEXAS SO THE ENGINE DID NOT CRACK DUE TO THE FREEZING TEMPERATURE. I HAD BEEN CHARGED FOR COOLANT THAT WAS NEVER PLACED INTO THE VEHICLE. Makes me really wonder what other things I am charged for are not replaced and we are charged. When I took it back and talked to manager at Covert he asked what I would like for him to do. My response was why don't you start with coolant and pray that I do not have permanent damage. Which how would I EVER PROVE ONE YEAR LATER that Covert did not fill with coolant.

- , Austin, TX, USA

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