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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
76,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. must replace throttle body (2 reports)
  2. replace throttle body (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


my car was idling rough looks like air stuck i put my obd2 and gave me throttle body stuck

- , Astoria, NY, USA

problem #2

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

problem #1

Dec 162009

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Ford can't supply the part because it has been redesigned and is in "testing". In the meantime, we are making payments on a vehicle that we can't drive. It has been almost 2 months now, and Ford still can't tell us when the part will be shipped. The reason the part had to be redesigned is because of all the problems they were experiencing. I think they should place a recall on this part, or at least provide the part without charge. My understanding is that the part is about $575.00, and the labor will be about $250.00!!! If Ford doesn't do something to help reduce this cost, then I will NEVER but another Ford product, and will do all I can to tell others about my experience!!!!

- , Cartersville, Geargia, USA

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