CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2004 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 2002-2005 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.

6.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$500.00
Average Mileage:
35,132 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace line (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 022011

(reported on)

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,132 miles

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

The corroded line feeds cold air to the rear of this 3-row seating vehicle. It annoys me that the more stuff there is on a car, the more there is to go wrong.

- , Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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