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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
84,003 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 262014

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,240 miles


The gear shift indicator is stuck on the number 3 and will not move to tell what gear it's in.

- , Jackson, MS, USA

problem #1

Apr 172009

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,766 miles

The indicator that shows the gear your in was broken. The arrow always indicated neutral, no matter what gear it was in. I brought it to the Ford Dealership, and it was fixed. The only problem was that it happened again a few months later. I was told that i would have to pay to have it fixed this time because it has nothing to do with what they fixed. It never has been fixed because i don't have the money to get it done.

- , Belleville, NJ, USA

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