Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
64,600 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012006

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles


This started happening a few years ago, and I have gotten used to it. I have to always keep it in mind when parking on a road that is not level.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 112008

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,400 miles

yea it happens to me too. i tried putting it in park and then turning my car off with my foot on the brake thinking maybe it wont roll.... but it did. i haven't tried to see if it did that with my e brake...ill try it soon and let u guys know. I'm afraid one of these days my car will roll and i wont be able to stop it.

- , Medford, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 182007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 5.9

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Could be a potential safety issue!

- , Elsobrante, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 072007

(reported on)

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Truck usually rolls after putting the car in park.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

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