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:
No data
Average Mileage:
113,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer lights problems

lights problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 212010

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


My brake lights won't turn off and I'm at work and can not leave. So I had to disconnect the battery to avoid a dead battery and will try to fix it tonight. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006

Explorer LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

my lights are like a circus show they wont go off and i drive down the road te interior lights wont turn off when it rains or when its humid is this electrical problem?

- , Macomb, MI, USA

problem #1

May 122010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

would just like some help to try to find a solution to this...can definately see going through batteries and lights if not corrected. Not to mention the sh*t if it won't start when you need to go to work in the morning

- , Chicopee, MA, USA

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