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2003 Ford Explorer
wheels / hubs Problems
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.
Worst 2003 Explorer wheels / hubs Problems
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- wheel bearings failed130
- wheel came off while driving, faulty wheel studs21
- loud humming noise from front wheel12
- chrome wheels cracked around hub, corrosion10
- clicking noise on tires3
- noisy tires1
- wheel makes thumping noises1
- NHTSA: Wheels42
- NHTSA: Wheels: Lugs/Nuts/Bolts10
- NHTSA: Tires8
- NHTSA: Tires: Sidewall3
- NHTSA: Tires: Tread/Belt3
- NHTSA: Wheels: Cap/Cover/Hub3
- NHTSA: Wheels: Multi Piece1
- NHTSA: Wheels: Rim 1
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