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.

3.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
64,500 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

Feb 202010

Explorer XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

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

The seat belt light is on continually.One more thing to add to the list!

- , Granby, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 012005

(reported on)

Explorer

  • 19,000 miles

this happened before the car was in my possession and the entire wiring under the passenger seat was totally redone.

- , Rock Port, MO, USA

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