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2002 Ford Explorer
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.
Worst 2002 Explorer transmission Problems
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- transmission failure406
- o/d light is blinking366
- transmission slips when shifting and clunks141
- enclosed transmission had to be overhauled129
- difficulties shifting59
- hard/soft shifting, rattling noise, gear ratio out, ...47
- won't shift into 3rd gear47
- transmission hesitates25
- difficulty shifting from park to reverse18
- shifts into gear but won't go18
- rattling noise from transmission17
- 4wd sensor not activating the 4wd function15
- transmission shutters15
- loses gears14
- solenoid failure14
- 4wd traction control module failure9
- servo plug casting broke8
- transmission fluid leaking8
- grinding noise from transmission6
- hard to shift from park to drive6
- shifting gear/lever broke off6
- 4WD-Hi turns on automatically5
- defective valve body5
- slips when put into gear & pops out of gear at stops5
- can only drive in 1rst gear4
- rolls a bit after shifting into park4
- transmission whines4
- 4x4 low warning light is on3
- difficulty shifting into park2
- service engine light stays on after repair2
- slips into neutral when coming to quick stop2
- makes a winding down noise when stopping1
- surges forward when brakes applied1
- NHTSA: Power Train: Automatic Transmission886
- NHTSA: Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And ...43
- NHTSA: Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Torque Converter14
- NHTSA: Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Gear Position ...13
- NHTSA: Power Train: Manual Transmission13
- NHTSA: Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Control ...6
- NHTSA: Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Park/Neutral ...2
- NHTSA: Power Train: Manual Transmission: Floor Shift ...2
- NHTSA: Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Cooling ...1
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