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.

6.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
81,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 052010

Explorer XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

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

The belt doesn't retract and gets shut in the door.

- , Granby, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 132007

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

The seat belt retraction failed a couple of years after we bought the car new. A small thing, but the seat belt clip, the metal part, gets caught in the door all the time. Ford would not even look at it when I took it in for something else.

- , Martinez, CA, USA

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