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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
171,000 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

Nov 162015

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 171,000 miles

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

I DRIVE MY SUV EVERY DAY PRETTY MUCH..........BUT???? HERE IS THE LATEST AND GREATEST???

NOT SURE WHAT WENT WRONG WITH MY SUV BUT I WENT OUT TO START IT LAST WEEK AND IT WILL NOT START AND I EVEN INSTALLED A BRAND NEW STARTER??? ENGINE IS LOCKED UP AND FLY WHEEL WON'T TURN LEFT OR RIGHT WITH A WRENCH. CAR IS DEAD - HELP !!!!

THERE WERE ALSO NO SIGNS OF DAMAGE ON THE INDICATOR LIGHTS TO THE PANEL. NO SIGNS OF NOTHING. CAR JUST DECIDED IT WAS GONNA DIE ON ME AND NEVER RUN AGAIN???

STARTER IS NOT TURNING OVER THE ENGINE TO MAKE IT START???

NOT SURE I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW A CAR CAN NOT START WITH NO SIGNS OF DAMAGE INTERNALLY FROM THE INDICATOR LIGHTS AS EVERYTHING OPPERATED NORNALLY FROM THE INSTRUMENT PANEL???? ALSO SHOWED NO SIGNS AT ALL THERE WAS A PROBLEM IN ADVANCE....CAR JUST WENT ON THE CRAPS WITH NO WARNING

WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY NOW I HAVE NO CAR??????

THANK YOU

- , St. Louis, MO, USA

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