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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
39,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 162009

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


Taking to Ford service for repair---concerned they will find a problem not covered under my ESP warranty.

- , Galveston, TX, USA

problem #3

May 162008

Explorer XLT 4.8L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I've had problems with the rear power windows. One wouldn't roll down, i took it in under warranty and they replaced the motor. It wasn't 3 months and the same window wouldn't roll down. I was past my 3 yr warranty, but the dealership replace the window motor because they have a 1 yr warranty on their parts or something. Now, I'll try and roll down my rear windows and every once in a while, they won't roll down.... A few days later i'll try again and they will work. It's messed up and a pain in the ass, but not worth my money to have it fixed.

- , Carrollton, Illinois, USA

problem #2

Aug 292007

(reported on)

Explorer Edie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

Rear driver's side power window stopped working after owning vehicle a little over 3 years.

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 302007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

My windows stopped working at about 15,000 miles. It was covered under Warranty. Then about a month after the warranty expired the back windows stopped rolling up and down and my side mirrors do not work. Also my driver side front speaker goes in an out.

I grew up on Ford vehicles but after this I don't think I will buy another one!

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

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