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:
74,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 262010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


My explorer was idling rough and it finally threw an error message. Had it checked out and then found out the #8 coil pack and or spark plug was bad. So I replaced the coil pack, after finding out that someone had over tightened the bolt that holds pack in place, then went to replace the spark plug. I have tried EVERY socket between a 9/16 and 11/16 and 14mm to 17mm basically everything that will fit in the motor. i know it should be a 5/8's but it wont bite on the plug. looked down the hole with a mirror and you can see all the points of the "nut" still cant get anything to bite. any suggestions please. 20minute job has turned into a 4 day pain

- , San Marcos, TX, USA

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