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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
54,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace rotors (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 292007

(reported on)

Explorer Edie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


My brake rotors were full of rust (corroded). I had to have all my rotors replaced.

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 292006

(reported on)

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

when I apply the brake either on a wet road or emergency, it like it is slow to catch and when it finally does there is a sharp release then i continue to slide a little bit. this only happens when applying the brake quick and hard or when road is wet . it feels like the antilock brakes aren't catching or working properly. replaced brake pad and rotors 12 months ago, no difference.

- , Grayson, KY, USA

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