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.

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
83,500 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

Jan 052009

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles

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

ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO MY GAUGES STARTED GOING ALL WACKY! I HAD THE BATTERY AND ALTERNATOR LOOKED AT NOTHING WAS FOUND WRONG!

TAKING IT BACK AGAIN BECAUSE NOW THE VEHICLE JUST GOES DEAD.

- , Titusville, FL, USA

problem #1

May 262008

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

This car in draining me of every bit of money I have. The speedometer will not go back to 0, so I do not know how fast I am going. It is an electronic speedometer. It is amazing that electronic are so go except on cars. Why is that?

- , Graysville, TN, USA

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