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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace it (2 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 052011

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


At the same time my transmission start messing up and I put it in the shop I start getting this Hi temp/Low temp flash when my truck was at a stop light I took it in to ford and the could not find out what was causing it. The transmission place figured it out and said I need a whole thermostat housing. It's always something needing to be fixed.Ended up paying 355.00 for the problem

- , Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #1

Dec 042010

Explorer HD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

the thermostat was stuck open so i had to replace it. it was easy but i did need a lot of tools.i had to take off the bolts of that where a pain in the ass.

- , Littleton, CO, USA

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