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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.

6.5

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$5.00
Average Mileage:
114,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. repair the broken wire in the door boot (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 022011

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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

had the door ajar problem ,ect tried the wd40 nothing. took the door apart and found the problem after some long investigating !!!!!!!!!!!!! FOUND THE PROBLEM !!!!!!!!!!!!!! in the door boot which is hard to get out of the way but you can pull the boot into the door to get a good look at the wires takes a little work but it was worth it. one of the black wires where broke and one was almost broke the coating was broke but not the copper.i spliced the wire with a crimp and taped both up good problem gone hope this helps asked a friend who works in a garage and he said most places won't check for this but it happens alot more than people think.hope this is helpful

- , Sugar Grove, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 052011

Explorer LX 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

just found solution wd-40 wont gripe rant,or yell cause thank god its not chrysler or gm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Warrenton, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 152011

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,000 miles

why are so many explorers doing this?...what was ford doing when they designed this suv....just bad. i have owned mustangs and earlier explorer models and this one is cheaply made parts, maint problems unheard of with any other car companies...cant say much more....I'm getting more upset by the min.

- , Southfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 012010

Explorer 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

EVERY TIME I MAKE A TURN MY WARNING BEEPER SOUNDS AND DASH SAYS TAILGATE IS AJAR.IF ANY BODY HAS A CURE PLEASE LET KNOW.IS THERE A SWITCH I CAN REPLACE?

- , Cape May, NJ, USA

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