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.

7.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
83,827 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. poor connection / cleaned contact (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

May 232016

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,400 miles

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

My o/d like keeps blinking and will only turn off while in park.

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 242003

Explorer 4DR XLT 4X2 4.0L Sohc V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,254 miles

VERY FRUSTRATING, CONCERNED IT WOULD DAMAGE TRANSMISSION UNTIL GOT TO DEALERSHIP.

- , Austin, TX, USA

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