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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.

7.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$245.00
Average Mileage:
76,779 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. replaced the window motor (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 012009

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,997 miles

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

The window was fine until they did some type of recall work on it. After that it would not stay up. I was told(and have the invoice) that both of the rear struts on the window are bad and need replaced. They could fix it for $145.00. How coincidental that it worked until they fixed the recalled item. I did not repair it.

- , Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012010

Explorer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,000 miles

The rear window simply wont stay up this doesnt happen all the time just when you need it to....but you have to hold it up because its like the controls which usually do just arent there anymore

- , Newark, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 262010

Explorer XLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,678 miles

Sweeping snow off of the car when the window just slid down. Confused, I grab my keys and try to put the window up and it went up, but not all the way. Left a bout a 3 inch gap. Called and dropped it off at a local mechanic, 2 days later. Window is up and working fine.

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012007

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

Just one more thing wrong with this piece of crap.You cant even open the back window and put something in the back with out using one hand to hold up the glass.The back tailgate will stay up but when you open just the rear glass it falls.I'm just waiting for the glass to shatter next beens I see where there's a problem with that on here as well.

- , Taylorsville, KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 122003

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

Ford did a recall for the rear window supports. I had them replaced under the recall. Now 6 years later, the window will not stay up. Ford says tough luck. This is not only agravating, it is dangerous

- , Norcross, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 132009

(reported on)

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

FORD RECALLED THE REAR WINDOW, HOWEVER, THE ONE THEY REPLACED DOESN'T STAY UP SO YOU BANG YOUR HEAD IF YOU'RE NOT REALLY WATCHING. IN COLD WEATHER IT WON'T STAy UP AT ALL. THE DEALER SAID I'D HAVE TO PAY FOR A NEW ONE, I TOLD HIM THE OLD ONE WORKED JUST FINE AND ALWAYS STAYED UP, HE SAID THAT FORD HAD THEM REPLACE THE WINDOW WITH WHAT THEY PUT IN MY CAR. - GEECH - CAN'T EVEN KEEP IT UP WITH A STICK. ANOTHER RIP TO US WHO HAVE TO PUT OUT A BETTER PRODUCT THAN FORD.

- , Garfield, AR, USA

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