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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.

4.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
$300.00
Average Mileage:
100,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 102010

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

In the fall of 2010 I heard a clicking sound from the rear air conditioning. It turned out to be a blend door actuator. The dealership told me it would cost $150. It wound up costing $300.

- , Altus, OK, USA

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