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.

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
42,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

May 192006

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

glass hatch pops open when driving down the road,many times! so much has went wrong

- , Plymouth, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 032010

Explorer XLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

kind of scary when we have the dogs in the car & the hatch flies open at 70 miles per hour! dont have the money to fix........need transmission worse since that's out too!!

- , Tampa, FL, USA

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