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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.

9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,170.00
Average Mileage:
56,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the following wheel bearings, tyrod, caliper, rotor (2 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 092009

Explorer XLT 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

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

4 front bearings put in. one rear bearing put in. only 58000 miles

let Detroit die

NEVER WILL I OWN A CAR MADE or ASSEMBLED in USA

- , Huntington Sta, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 062008

Explorer LHS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

stopped at dealer and told noise was due to tires son took car 200 miles away was coming home on foggiest day of year front wheel bearing fell apart wiping out two tires a ty rod a caliper a rotor brake pads. needed both front bearing I have never had to replace bearings on any other make of car with only 55000 miles My son could have been badly hurt god was on our side not ford. Cant believe these car owners are not being warned to watch for these problems. Check other makes no where near the complaints.

- , Pinckney, MI, USA

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