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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
38,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced lift cylinder and mountings (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 052004

Explorer XLT 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


I have had the panel below my tailgate fixed three times. The auto body shop said it is a chronic problem with the Ford Explorer. I had it fixed at the Ford dealership I bought the vehicle from within the first month. I went through the car wash this morning and it must have been loose and cracked and broke in half. I believe Ford should be replacing these. It's obvious I am not alone.

- , Broad Brook, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 152006

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

The rear window lift cylinders/mountings were replaced proactively by FORD dealer due to a "Recall". A year later, the right rear cylinder broke free from it's mounting and the FORD dealer again replaced the lift cylinder and mountings. The day after this repair I tried to open the rear glass window, but it remained shut and has not opened since.

- , Chandler, AZ, USA

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