- September 12: Ford Recalls Escape Hybrid and Mercury Mariner Hybrid After Engines Stall
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- August 17: Ford Recalls 160,000 Escape and Focus ST Vehicles For Erratic Engines
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- August 8: Ford Recalls Vans and SUVs for Leaking Brake Fluid and Bubbly Windshields
Door Ajar Light, Interior Dome Light Does Not Shut Off
CarComplaints.com 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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 70,509 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 18 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- not sure (11 reports)
- wd-40 (3 reports)
- use brake cleaner or lubricant (2 reports)
- just cut out the wires (1 reports)
- turn interior light dimmer switch to off (1 reports)
accessories - interior problem