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:
Average Mileage:
107,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace power steering lines (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 052015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


The lines rotted clean through. Not as much of a problem on a straight highway, but a pain in town driving and fueling up. Muscling this car into a tight parking spot is really annoying. 0/10 would not recommend trying this. If it happens to you, get it fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise it'll just get worse until you eventually do crash.

- , Longmeadow, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 102014

Explorer XLT 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

while rounding a curve loud snapping noise steering wheel ripped out of my hands causing loss of control and crash. vehicle total loss and injurys

- , Bloomingburg, NY, USA

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