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:
No data
Average Mileage:
71,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 252011

Explorer XLS 6.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


It is just stupid i had go a week without my auto just for this!!

- , Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #3

Jun 012010

Explorer 4.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Its just really a pain. When you get in or out of the car and the seat adjustment handles fall out and most of the time on the ground. Poorly constructed

- , Gordo, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 262007

Explorer LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

Both Driver's and passenger's side seat bottom molding has come loose and/or broken thus preventing the seats being adjusted. This not only looks UGLY and has the appearance that the vehicle isn't/wasn't maintained but is also a safety hazard. Haven't been able to locate new parts for it other than dealership. Not going to pay 10 times as much for a part when I can get it elsewhere a whole lot cheaper.

- , Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #1

Oct 192007

(reported on)

Explorer Xls Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Again,my molding on the drivers seat came loose which makes adjustment handle come off. Since I can't adjust the seat it now is a safety problem. Service manager says it will continue to happen. Anybody else out there have this problem or do I have a personal pain in the ass?

- , Chilton, TX, USA

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