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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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
120,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace throttle body (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 072010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I have a 2004 Ford Explorer that I had to put in a local shop last week due to it jerking really bad when taking off and not idling high enough. Along with these problems due to it not idling high enough it was causing my air not to work when sitting still. There were times that I would be at an intersection and my car would nearly cut off in the middle of the road. The shop took it to our local ford place and they stated that the sensors in the throttle body needed to be upgraded and that was what was causing all the problems. Well 225.00 later they call and tell me that after that updated the problem was still not fixed and I need a new throttle body that cost 578.00. While doing my research I have discovered that I am among several other people who have had this problem and ford had not placed this on recall. i also found out that in 2002 there was a recall on the ford explorer throttle bodies and they were replaced. Well in saying that let me add that when you buy a throttle body for a 2004 Ford Explorer they are for years 2002-2004 which tells me one thing. They are the same part, so if 2002 had to be recalled and they are the same part then why was 2004 not recalled.

A. Calvert


- , Mountville, SC, USA

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