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.

9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
111,921 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 242007

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

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

THE REAR WINDOW WASHER QUIT WITHOUT WARNING,T HEY HAVE TO TAKE THE WHOLE ASSEMBLY APART TO FIX - OF COURSE - NEVER HAD FIXED $

- , Garfield, AR, USA

problem #1

Oct 272008

Explorer XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,842 miles

I went to Walmart for the oil change yesterday and today i needed to clean my back window and the rear whindshield wiper would not give out the fluid. So I got out and looked why and I seen that when i pushed the button the fluid leaked like crazy right next to the passenger wheel. I was ticked. So now I don't know where to look to fix the problem. i hope someone can help me. i dont have much money to go have someone else do it. Any information would help. Thanks.

- , Broomfield, CO, US

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