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.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
60,950 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 102012

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


My vehicle has served me well except for the cracked panel underneath the rear window. This really devalues my vehicle in the looks of it. I take pride in taking care of what I own, I would think that Ford would take pride in putting their name on their product. I checked into having it repaired, but was told this problem wasn't covered. Since this was not caused by something I did and is definitely a manufacture defect, Ford should pay for it to be repaired. Please man-up and do the right thing!!! Protect your reputation!

- , Poplarville, MS, USA

problem #1

Mar 202009

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,900 miles

I am very upset with the problems that have occurred with my Ford Explorer!!! I spent more than $32,000 on this vehicle, and now i realize that was a mistake!!! There is no way i should be having the problems that i am having, because my truck has been well maintained and i am the only person who drives and rides in it. (I don't have any kids)

- , Spring Lake, NC, USA

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