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 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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
51,216 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012011

Explorer XLT 4.O

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,865 miles


Some times I cannot get the CD to eject, irritating when you wish to listen to a different CD.

- , Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Nov 302009

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

cd never came out after pounding on the dash and pushing eject button million times

- , Longwood, FL, USA

problem #2

May 052007

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

the lights on the radio quit working and it wont play cds and spits them out randomly and wont eject them, my a third party radio

- , Fisherville, KY, USA

problem #1

Apr 022008

Explorer XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

About 1 out of 6 times when pressing the CD Eject button, CD player will not eject the CD and displays an error message. It does this for a random amount of time, usually a day or two, until you get lucky and it decides to cooperate and eject the CD.

- , O Fallon, IL, USA

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