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.

5.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,032 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. both frt ball joints, r&r knuckle replaced (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 012013

Explorer XLT Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

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

Every time you turn the steering it clunks, sounds like a snapping sound under the vehicle.

- , Belfair, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 292008

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,063 miles

This vehicle has had multiple front end problems. What a shame. I was a Ford man. I think I will switch to Honda. The only Ford I am keeping is my 65 mustang coupe.

- , Parma, OH, USA

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