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.

7.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,400.00
Average Mileage:
112,936 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. install rebuilt transmission (2 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 012007

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

"2002" XLT V6 Explorer, I'm wondering if anyone has had a bucking/jerking or sound of running over the bumps "grates" on shoulder? I think the bucking is in the tranny. Not positive! $500 to have tranny serviced then $400 for something called a fuel damper assembly. Addressed the spark system, had it smoked tested for vacuum leaks, and now had Hermantown Ford in northern Minnesota check the fuel system. They found a bad fuel damper $412.00, It took care of the rough idle and stalling at idle speed. He thought it took care of the bucking and it started in on the drive home. I don't think it's fuel, air or a spark problem. I'm 99% sure it's a tranny problem. Any input would be appreciated! Please comment to davetexmoore@yahoo.com thanks!

- , Saginaw, MN, USA

problem #5

May 232016

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,400 miles

Now when I press on the gas to go from 25 mph to 30 mph the car jerks as if though it's a manual car that is switching gears. No idea where this is coming from it was working just fine days ago!

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 022010

Explorer 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Had this piece of chit for 7 years and 80,000 miles on it. Got a new motor, transmission twice (well once this time garbage is going) After this time I would love to drive it right threw a dealership. It was f*cking perfect timing didn't even have the new engine in 8 months and got 2 new tires and brakes for the bastard. The normal back panel crack. Drivers side back window does not work never fixed it. Plastic pieces also do not hold on the door always coming off the doors. There are endless other items too. It was one of the things that I THOUGHT I FIXED THIS. IT WILL BE BETTER. I WAS WAY WRONG.

- , Minersville, PA, US

problem #3

Sep 102014

Explorer Eddi Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles

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

FORD SHOULD COVER THE COST OF THE TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS WITH THIS YEAR. I HAD THE TRANSMISSION REDONE TWICE IN 4 MONTHS.

- , freedom, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 052014

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

Jerks randomly, usually when it is about to shift, it slams into gear.

- , Edmond, OK, USA

problem #1

Jan 152014

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,216 miles

occasional jerking sensation at any speed,. really terrible at higher speeds. I've never owned a car with more problems than this. I owned it for less than 2 months then unloaded it with a massive loss. happy its gone, will never buy another ford again.

- , Waterloo, Ontario, canada

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