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:
No data
Average Mileage:
113,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer lights problems

lights problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 212010

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


My brake lights won't turn off and I'm at work and can not leave. So I had to disconnect the battery to avoid a dead battery and will try to fix it tonight. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006

Explorer LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

my lights are like a circus show they wont go off and i drive down the road te interior lights wont turn off when it rains or when its humid is this electrical problem?

- , Macomb, MI, USA

problem #1

May 122010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

would just like some help to try to find a solution to this...can definately see going through batteries and lights if not corrected. Not to mention the sh*t if it won't start when you need to go to work in the morning

- , Chicopee, MA, USA

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