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2002 Ford Explorer
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.
Worst 2002 Explorer drivetrain Problems
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- whining/roaring noise from rear differential120
- 4x4 will not engage into 4wd45
- differential whine31
- rear differential leak14
- 4wd traction control module failure10
- rear end clunking noise10
- thumping noise when accelerating8
- thumping noise when turning7
- rear end differential failure5
- auto 4x4 engages for no reason4
- drive shaft broke4
- rubbing noise when turning4
- pinion seal leak3
- transfer case clicking3
- transfer case making awful noise3
- front differential leak2
- stuck in 4 low, 4x4 wiring melted2
- grinding noise in rear end while making a turn1
- horrible noise from the center of the car with a vibration1
- rear end shuttering1
- transfer case leaking1
- NHTSA: Power Train272
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Differential Unit160
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly38
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline31
- NHTSA: Power Train: Transfer Case (4-Wheel Drive)28
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly: Axle Shaft: Seal22
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Hubs15
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Driveshaft8
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly: Axle Shaft5
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Center Support Bearing2
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Constant Velocity Joint2
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly: Banjo Housing1
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