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:
110,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace alternator (4 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 202012

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


Ford Explorer Again. NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS!! Alternator goes, battery dies on us down the street had to get it towed to the mechanic!!

- , Eden, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 022013

Explorer XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Alternator died all of a sudden and the truck would not start! Couldn't happen at a worse time as I missed an important meeting I could not attend! Lousy Ford... I am purchasing a Toyota LC next time!

- , Providence, RI, USA

problem #2

Apr 232013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Just replaced the alternator 3 months prior. Crapped out again. Not sure to blame the car, or the crap that AutoZone sells, luckily it was still under warranty.

- , Chardon, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 012005

(reported on)


  • 48,000 miles

If you are following my saga... it does continue, but we are almost finished...

One more thing has been replaced

- , Rock Port, MO, USA

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