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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. fix defective accessories (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 152013

Explorer XLY V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I bought my used 2004 Explorer in Florida for $9,000.00. Soon after, the driver side viser broke and kept falling into my vision path. I had to remove it after my duct tape solution failed. I moved to Colorado. During the first ice storm in Colorado, the front driver's outdoor handle, and the back 2 passenger handles broke loose. I had to enter the car through the front passenger door and climb over the console to get into the driver's seat. I am 62. Thank God I am flexible.

Meanwhile, the interior ceiling cloth kept deteriorating and pulled away from the window. I waited through most of the winter riding in my car with these defaults in order to save enough to get them fixed.

I spent $1,500.00 and was again confident in my ride until my steering column gear shift broke.

My car now adorns my son's drive way and I am vehicle-less.

- , Parker, Douglas, USA

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