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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace alternator (4 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 202012

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Ford Explorer Again. NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS!! Alternator goes, battery dies on us down the street had to get it towed to the mechanic!!

- , Eden, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 022013

Explorer XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Alternator died all of a sudden and the truck would not start! Couldn't happen at a worse time as I missed an important meeting I could not attend! Lousy Ford... I am purchasing a Toyota LC next time!

- , Providence, RI, USA

problem #2

Apr 232013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Just replaced the alternator 3 months prior. Crapped out again. Not sure to blame the car, or the crap that AutoZone sells, luckily it was still under warranty.

- , Chardon, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 012005

(reported on)


  • 48,000 miles

If you are following my saga... it does continue, but we are almost finished...

One more thing has been replaced

- , Rock Port, MO, USA

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