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.

9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
81,728 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

fuel system problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 102014

Explorer ES 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,455 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

JUST ANOTHER FAILURE FROM THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY. WHAT A PIECE OF CRAP. THIS VEHICLE FIRST WENT THROUGH THE TRANSMISSION PROBLEM. THIS WAS WHERE FORD PUT A STEEL LINKAGE ROD IN THE TRANSMISSION SUPPORTED BY A HOLE IN THE ALUMINUM FRAME, EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER DONE MACHINE WORK KNOWS THAT A BRONZE BUSHING IS NEEDED TO PREVENT THE STEEL ROD FROM WEARING OUT THE SOFT ALUMINUM. FORD DENIED HAVING ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROBLEM BUT THERE WAS A REPAIR KIT SOLD BY FORD TO THE TRANSMISSION SHOP (IT CONTAINED THE BUSHING NEEDED TO DUE THE REPAIR) $2500 REPAIR. I ALSO HAVE THE CRACK IN THE REAR EXTERIOR PANEL THAT IS ALSO A MANUFACTURING DEFECT. NOW I'M BLESSED WITH THE GAS TANK PROBLEM, TANK WILL NOT TAKE ON FUEL FROM THE PUMP, IT HAS TO BE TRICKLED IN OR IT OVERFLOWS. THIS CAUSES A 15 - 20 MINUTE FUEL FILL UP. FORD WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY OF THESE MANUFACTURING DEFECTS. NEEDLESS TO SAY THIS IS MY LAST FORD EVER......

- , Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #1

May 222005

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

NIGHTMARE. CANT FILL UP THE TANK IT TAKES 30 MINUTES! really embarrassing!!!!!!!

KEEPS SHUTTING OFF

- , Puyallup, WA, USA

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