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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
70,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 092010

Explorer Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


I have had the engine looked at numerous times; transmission fluid changed, get regular oil changes but still having this problem. Can't seem to put my finger on the cause. Any suggestions?

- , Suwabee, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 212010

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

This vehicle has been doing this since we bought it. It runs fine, except when you come to a stop, it starts feeling like its going to die. So far it hasn't, but it sure makes you nervous. It also seems like it has a hesitation when you try to take off. We we're told that we should have the throttle body cleaned. We haven't done this yet but will soon.

- , Washington, MO, USA

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