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.

4.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
50,600 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 092007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 6 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,600 miles

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

I have taken this to dealer when we received our 3rd clearcoat (Paid for VIP SERVICE - yep). Said not under warranty. Had Ford Taurus for over 10 years and w/leather seats - never had problem. Now Ford WILL NOT honor their product. Paid extra and now 4 years later - tried to keep exterior good w/clearcoat and have the prob w/interior. Will not purchase another Ford product. They definitely screw the consumer.

- , Alexandria, VA 22306, USA

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