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Rear Axle Noise
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Ford dealer.
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:
- 66,731 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 36 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- not sure (19 reports)
- replace rear axle bearings (6 reports)
- ford replaced rear end (3 reports)
- relaced seal (2 reports)
- replace ring and pinion (2 reports)
- Ford agreed to pick up the tab except for $200 (1 reports)