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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.

5.7

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$185.00
Average Mileage:
84,548 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. change erg/egr valve (2 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. replace dpfe sensor (2 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 112006

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,373 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The check engine light came on and would not go off.

- , Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 202010

Explorer XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Check Engine light goes off and on in last 6 months on constantly.

- , Granby, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 012009

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

changed erg sensor valve 2 times within 10,000 miles..costly and annoying

- , Melvindale, Mich, USA

problem #3

Oct 262009

Explorer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I replaced the ERG/EGR valve twice and there was never actually a problem with it my light wold come on for 1 to 2 day and then go off and i wouldn't see it again for 2 months.

- , Newark, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 062010

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,472 miles

I was given an 02 ford explorer from my grandfather in january of 09 ive put 8,000 miles on it since then. i had to replace a battery twice in the same year, check enginge is repeatedly coming on after i pay to have it fixed, my gas pedal has stuck after taking it out of cruise control, brake lines r going. so basically i will never buy a ford peice of sh*t !!!! again.

- , Whitle Lk, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 282005

Explorer Limited 4WD 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,444 miles

A sensor goes out for no apparent reason....Just make me a car that works consistently please.

- , Lemoore, CA, USA

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