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:
120,165 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace battery (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012011

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,330 miles


I had the problem as "radracer3580" a few days ago. When attempting to start my Exploder (spelled this way on purpose) all the gauges would fluctuate wildly and the vehicle made a rapid clicking noise.

Problem was related to the battery which had less than 200 cold crank amps on a full charge. Replaced the battery and now all is well.

- , Syracuse, UT, USA

problem #1

Mar 222010

Explorer XLT 4.0L Sohc V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

while driving today all of a sudden the abs light came on then the airbag light came on minute later , after that the radio was going nuts it was turning on and off, the power windows were very slow to go up, the truck would not accelerate , was losing power then battery light came on and engine died , tried to restart and only got heavy clicking , had it jumped it started up fine , abs and airbag lights still on but no battery light but when I went to turn the lights on it died again . i just had a brand new battery put in few months ago and never had a problem like this before.

I called my brother the mechanic but he is out of town and cant look at it. should i just go and replace the battery and alternator ??

- , Staten Island, NY, USA

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