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:
45,367 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012007

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I would love to know if there is a solution. Am I the only one with a Ford Explorer experiencing this? See other remarks given on a complaint regarding paint on hood

- , Zeeland, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012003

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

This defect has existed since I purchased the Explorer. I have also had fabric tuck issues on visor since purchased. Last year, the visor cover broke off. See other comments on my complaint about paint issues on hood. Note: I will never buy a Ford product again.

- , Zeeland, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 032007

Explorer Limited 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

Again, avoid the Ford Explorers, they have multiple problems. The seat belt issue is minor compared to all the failed transmissions on the 2002 and 2003 trucks.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

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