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.

6.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
55,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaired all 4 leaks and gave me a new tire (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 202007

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

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

took my car in for a routine oil change and they found that ALL 4 axles were leaking. It took a whole day, they did give me a rental car. This caused one of my tires to go bad? so they gave me a new tire. No problems with my car until 45000 miles. I guess this is how long a 2004 Explorer last.......... never will buy a FORD again

- , Sandy Hook, VA, USA

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