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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.

5.5

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
157,825 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 302015

Explorer XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

THIS IS RIDICULOUS. FORD HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND THE RESULTING CORROSION OF THE HATCH LATCH. C'MON FORD. STAND BEHIND YOUR CRAPPY PRODUCT AND HELP OUT FIXING SOMETHING THAT YOU UNDERDESIGNED. I AM NOT SURE I HAVE EVER SEEN THIS GENERATION OF EXPLORER WITHOUT THE VALANCE CRACKED.

- , Hampton, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 082015

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 256,300 miles

2004 Ford Explorer rear liftgate window blew out about 8 weeks after I noticed the crack in the panel on the right siode of the Ford Emblem.

- , Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 012009

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I see the cracked piece on almost every Ford Explorer I see. Rarely, have I see one without!

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012012

Explorer LTD 4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 190,000 miles

See many Ford Explorers with same issue. There seems to be a pattern that should be addressed by Ford.

- , Peachland, BC, Canada

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