Notes: The 2002 Ford Explorer is hands-down our worst vehicle 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 2002-2003 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
84,343 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. need to report a recall (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 072009

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


Had the vehicle approx 2 1/2 yrs and has 64,000 miles. Vehicle slipped out of gear entering the driveway and then the 4x4 low light came on. The vehicle is now in the shop waiting for the OK to replace the transmission. I'm not really hot yet, but I will be!~

- , Lakewood, Wa, USA

problem #2

May 302008

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,028 miles

i have 3 kids - a dad by myself but i need me a second car so just in case we go out of town and just in case my 1 car breaks down, so i got a brand new 2002 ford explorer. it was black Eddie Bauer got the priced the highest warranty, but at 67899 miles my 4+4 light came on. i use 4+4 alot but i took it to my dealership they looked at it and said it was leaking. i said hell no i cant have 3 kids in a mouther f*cking car that leaks 4+4 fluid. my sister drove the car one day and said that same light was flashing i said don't mind that. the next day i cursed out every one at my dealership to fix my god damm car. "how long the car has been doing that?" and i said "god damit since 67899 miles", and they said "we will have to keep the car in for 2 weeks." i had to beg for 1 week rental car service and when i came back to pick up over 100 miles it is still flashing. so ford hears what i got for you a big old F*CK YOU NEVER AGIAN IF I BUY ANOTHER FORD IT WILL BE A MUSTANG NOT A EXPLOER WELL IN MY WORDS EXPLORDER

- , orange county, califonia, USA

problem #1

Mar 082008

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

Pls. help us to do something on this matter, we are being robbed on this, EXPLORER has a nice look but I was a scap when it comes to the transmission cost money to repair I am so.....#$%^*(()())^$#$# I am going to sell my truck AND NEVER EVER BUY FORD AGAIN

- , Montreal, QC, Canada

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