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:
Average Mileage:
102,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace EGR valve (4 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012013

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


What can be said about this car that hasn't already?

- , Findlay, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 302011

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Ford Motor CO is making money off their spare parts. Never in the history of owning a vehicle. that Ford explorer uses 4 oxygen sensors.This does not make their truck works any better

- , New York, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 262009

Explorer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

It was my sensor i had this valce replaced twice very expensive repair....i got it done for cheaper than most people would!

- , Newark, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 172007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Another thing on my list of repairs. Suddenly the check engine light comes on. So I check it, F*%cking EGR. Something I don't want to do...but have to...Safety and Emissions coming up.

- , South Ogden, UT, USA

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