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:
118,313 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. a new car (2 reports)
  3. replaced air fuel sensor (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 122015

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 224,540 miles


Just a pain in the booty...Irritating...I thought maybe it was because it is a SUV/Truck, but I don't think that has anything to do with it...

- , Akron, OK, USA

problem #8

Apr 052011

Explorer LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

it's awwwwwwwwful. damn this truck. this truck is not good at all damitttttt!!!!!!

- , Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #7

Nov 182009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,282 miles

My truck randomly almost stalls and then seems to catch itself, the motor then revs up and the truck lunges forward. This problem started the same month I bought the vehicle second hand from a dealership. We have had it in for repair and while in the shop it did this for the mechanic. Although he experienced the stall and acknowledged it, he could find no problem and therefore offered no solution. I would appreciate some advice from fellow Ford owners on this particular persistent problem.

- , Drayton Valley, Alberta, canada

problem #6

Apr 122010

Explorer LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,093 miles


I have a 2002 ford explorer and my suv is a piece of shi*t it's doing the same thing everyone else is doing. I don't feel so bad ...but I'm still hot the ford people are giving me the run around I WILL NOT NEVER EVER GET ANOTHER FORD

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 032008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,000 miles

engine just stalled, replaced several sensors and still no fix. Have fire but will not run.

- , Hoschton, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 142006

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 20,900 miles

I have only owned this vehicle for about one month now. It seems when I fill the gas tank, on that day it stalls out while I am driving it. The first time it happened the dealer replaced the coil. The second time they replaced the idle solenoid. It ran fine for one week till I filled the gas tank and it stalled out again today. What gives? obviously they are missing something and my warranty runs out shortly. Any suggestions?

- , Medford, MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 212007

(reported on)

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


These assholes sent me home and told me there was nothing wrong 2 days later me engine blows & my warranty had expired the day before

- , Richmondhill, Ontario, Canada

problem #2

Jul 112007

(reported on)

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

After having to fix the 4WD control mechanism I wasn't a bit pleased to have to haul this back into the dealership for yet another problem. The sensor went bad and was fixed at my cost. The vehicle wouldn't run without it. After this fix I thought I was done..... Wrong

- , Leicester, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 022007

(reported on)

Explorer 4.0 L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My 2002 Ford Explorer stalls when I am cutting the wheel all the way. Usually going backwards. I don't know why. The check engine light is on and I had it placed on a computer, and they told me it was a ECR or EGR ( or something close to that ) valve. And they said to fix that all I need to do is to clean it out the valve. But they said they did not know why my truck was stalling and that the check engine light was not relatied to my stalling problem. They said ( and get this ) " just leave the truck here and we will have a look at it for you and call you when we find out why it's stalling". Yeah ! ! !.... and how much money do they think people can just say," Oh ya, go ahead and by the way charge me what ever you want while your at it". And when I say they, I mean the Ford dealer in my area.

- , Trenton, Nova Scotia, Canada

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