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:
$523.00
Average Mileage:
76,827 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the fuel pump (2 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 142015

Explorer MPV 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,654 miles

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

Fuel pump failed during -17f weather. Very expensive to fix.

- , Berlin, NH, USA

problem #1

Jan 012011

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

Traveling on I95 in Virginia on New Years day when the car just died. Had it towed to a Pep Boys. 2 days to fix the problem, replaced the fuel pump.

- , Wilmington, NC, USA

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