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O/D Light Flashes Transmission Messages
2003 Ford Explorer (Page 1 of 7)
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:
- 96,148 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 137 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- replace with rebuilt transmission (50 reports)
- not sure (49 reports)
- complete overhaul recommended (17 reports)
- rebuilt transmission installed (8 reports)
- new shift kit & solenoid body (5 reports)
- new valve body installed and possible more repairs (3 reports)