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2002 Ford Explorer
CarComplaints.com 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.
2002 Ford Explorer Drivetrain Problems
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- Whining/Roaring Noise From Rear Differential120
- 4x4 Will Not Engage Into 4wd45
- Differential Whine31
- Rear Differential Leak14
- 4wd Traction Control Module Failure10
- Rear End Clunking Noise10
- Thumping Noise When Accelerating8
- Thumping Noise When Turning7
- Rear End Differential Failure5
- Auto 4x4 Engages For No Reason4
- Drive Shaft Broke4
- Rubbing Noise When Turning4
- Pinion Seal Leak3
- Transfer Case Clicking3
- Transfer Case Making Awful Noise3
- Front Differential Leak2
- Stuck In 4 Low, 4x4 Wiring Melted2
- Grinding Noise In Rear End While Making A Turn1
- Horrible Noise From The Center Of The Car With A Vibration1
- Rear End Shuttering1
- Transfer Case Leaking1
- NHTSA: Power Train280
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Differential Unit160
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly38
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline31
- NHTSA: Power Train: Transfer Case (4-Wheel Drive)28
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly: Axle Shaft: Seal22
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Hubs15
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Driveshaft8
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly: Axle Shaft5
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Center Support Bearing2
- NHTSA: Power Train: Driveline: Constant Velocity Joint2
- NHTSA: Power Train: Axle Assembly: Banjo Housing1
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