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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. suv should be made with 3 sets of carseat anchors (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 022011

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles


The back seat only has 2 sets of car seat anchors for the carseat tethers. I can only anchor 2 carseats from the bottom and the top. I have 2 toddler convertible car seats, and an infant rear facing carseat and they all have to be in the back seat. It is unsafe to only have 2 sets. Even my Honda Accord has 3 sets of anchors. The reason I bought the suv was specifically for the children and the space for the carseats, so they wouldn't all have to be shoved together in the back of a midsized car. Very disappointed in Ford for this safety inconsistency.

- , Lexington, SC, USA

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