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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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
108,500 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

Jan 012012

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


The radio volume knob doesn't work correctly. Thus far, I have been using the steering wheel control whenever the knob on the radio goes haywire.

- , Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 032012

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 220,000 miles

My volume control knob does the same thing. You have to have a REAL light touch. Everyone, but me, will go to turn it down and the volume will jump to full blast and they can't get it down. I had a stereo at home that did the same thing. It also had a real light touch and got to the point where unless you used the remote it would either go way up or way down.

- , Jonesville, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 132009

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

So my volume will not turn down with the stereo knob control, it just turns the radio up full blast.. luckily i have the volume control on the steering wheel and that works just fine.

- , Fort, Worth, USA

problem #1

May 032010

Explorer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

When you attempt to turn DOWN the radio , the volume goes UP. you have to VERY SLOWLY turn the volume down....1/2 a notch at a time.

- , Dallas, GA, USA

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