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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
77,379 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 242011

Explorer XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


When the fan knob is turned on it causes static noise through the radio.

- , Granby, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 012005

(reported on)


  • 55,000 miles

I am waiting for a replacement for my "lemon" now.

I am so tired of all this. One repair after another! I call it Christine on a regular basis. Love the car hate all the trouble. We make a Joke that Explorers are made monday mornings or Friday afternoons. Either way workers are not doing it well. they are missing something.

- , Rock Port, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 292008

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,137 miles

I recently installed an hf land mobile radio in my 2002 explorer, I bonded the tailpipe and doors,hood as per fords recommendation but still have noise,(not as bad,but still noise). I believe it is coming through the antenna which is on a magnetic mount. What can be done !

- , Greenfield, MO, USA

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