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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
102,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace EGR valve (4 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012013

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


What can be said about this car that hasn't already?

- crimson, Findlay, OH, US

problem #3

Jun 302011

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Ford Motor CO is making money off their spare parts. Never in the history of owning a vehicle. that Ford explorer uses 4 oxygen sensors.This does not make their truck works any better

- salisido, New York, NY, US

problem #2

Oct 262009

Explorer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

It was my sensor i had this valce replaced twice very expensive repair....i got it done for cheaper than most people would!

- Alyssa S., Newark, OH, US

problem #1

Oct 172007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Another thing on my list of repairs. Suddenly the check engine light comes on. So I check it, F*%cking EGR. Something I don't want to do...but have to...Safety and Emissions coming up.

- James L., South Ogden, UT, US

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