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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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
64,400 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 192010

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


This is yet another intermittent problem that I've taken to the dealer to fix. But of course the warranty is out now so its on my dime to fix.

- , Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 172007

Explorer XLS 2.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

At the time it happened, I was covered by Ford's Extended warranty service. The service representative replaced the motor in the left rear door and it worked for a while then abut 4 months later the same problem reoccurred and was never fixed again properly

- , Lithia, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 182006

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

All the windows on my Explorer continue to have this problem. So far, it's been intermittent and just annoying. I haven't bothered to pay to repair this, but it adds to my overall disappointment in Ford.

- , San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #2

May 302008

Explorer NBX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

After this past winter my power windows have not worked at all. Front and rear windows are not working. I have tried several things and I found that fiddling with the driver side door they start working. I believe it may be the wiring but who knows how much that will cost. Couple of weeks down the line after it started not working my speaker on the driver side is going in and out... it will work then it won't. Just annoying.

- , Anchorage, Alaska, USA

problem #1

Feb 162007

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

This car is killing me. It is one thing and then another ever since I got it. The rear window has not worked for almost a year. I cannot afford to get it fixed, so I just make due.

- , Graysville, TN, USA

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