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:
Average Mileage:
156,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 172011

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles


Car just randomly starts blowing alarm ~ happens in the middle of the night while I'm sleeping ~ at church ~ all the places that it is just not very nice to have a car horn blasting!

- , D'Iberville, MS, USA

problem #1

Jan 042010

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

I am just upset with the fact that I had done a tune up. Replaced rear rotors, ignition wires, spark plugs, changed the oil and the ignition switch. The problem never went away. The truck makes a clicking sound while the THEFT light tries to blink but it's like it cuts off. we took it in for a diagnostics check and they said that there is a misfire on cylinder #6. Anyone got any hints or advice as to where I can start.

- , Jacksonville, NC, US

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