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.

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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.

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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