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:
No data
Average Mileage:
74,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 262010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


My explorer was idling rough and it finally threw an error message. Had it checked out and then found out the #8 coil pack and or spark plug was bad. So I replaced the coil pack, after finding out that someone had over tightened the bolt that holds pack in place, then went to replace the spark plug. I have tried EVERY socket between a 9/16 and 11/16 and 14mm to 17mm basically everything that will fit in the motor. i know it should be a 5/8's but it wont bite on the plug. looked down the hole with a mirror and you can see all the points of the "nut" still cant get anything to bite. any suggestions please. 20minute job has turned into a 4 day pain

- , San Marcos, TX, USA

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