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.

5.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$233.00
Average Mileage:
88,068 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. mechanic repaired leak at top of engine (3 reports)
  2. replace pipes front & back04 (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 202015

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

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

OVER ALL HARDLY ANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT MY EXPLORER, MECHANICALLY I'VE KEPT UP WITH MAINTENANCE AND ETC. BUT THE LIFT GATE LOOKS BAD, IT STARTED ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO WITH ONE IN CENTER, VERY NOTICEABLE AND LAST YEAR ABOUT 6 MO. AGO HAIRLINE CENTER OF RIGHT HALF.

- , Maitland, FL - Florida, USA

problem #3

Dec 012011

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Had repaired in the beginning of December 2011. Went bad again December 2012. Pain in the but.

- , Venice, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 142011

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Was leaking coolant down under car. A small puddle would form. I looked under the engine and was able to trace the flow. A mechanic I know tested it and said it could possibly be a blown head gasket. I took it to another mechanic and he found that the leak was coming from a plastic component which houses the thermostat. He pulled the old part off and replaced it with a new one. That solved the problem.

- , Altus, OK, USA

problem #1

Apr 042011

Explorer Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,270 miles

I have a 2004 Ford Explorer with less than 90,000 miles. And I fell the air conditioner

system should work longer than 2011. As this has leaked oil all over the floor in my garage.And in the summer I drive my car very little.

- , Sioux City, IA, USA

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