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 2003 Ford Explorer one of our worst vehicles 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
133,438 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 082012

Explorer LXT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,438 miles


When I have my A/C running at the dash and then lay on gas to accelerate the air switches to the dash. When I let off my gas it returns to the dash.

I just bought my car from a trusted mechanic and I have had nothing but problems in the 2 months I got it. The torque converter went out after I asked about it, I was told it was checked out. I had a Trailblazer that did the same thing. I was stranded w/my daughter on a busy hywy when it went out. When I shift from P to D, it shifts hard. AND my heater clicks when I turn the control to hot. Needless to say I am going to think twice before buying a Ford and do more research next time I buy any vehicle.

- , Aiken, SC, USA

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