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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
44,270 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. 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 #1

Apr 042011

Explorer Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,270 miles

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

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, Iowa, USA

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