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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
112,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace struts, allign rear suspension (2 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 062015

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Replaced rear struts and front sway bar. Don't buy a Ford.

- , Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 292008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

At 75,000 miles,the rear struts are shot. It will cost $450 to have them replaced. They have to do an alignment on them. Next time just get a car with rear leaf springs!

Screwed again !

What a disgrace for Ford to sell this lemon to the public. Who do they think they are fooling? Will never buy one of these again, and will tell everyone I know what a awful crappy vehicle this is. What goes around, comes around!

- , Minden, NV, USA

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