Print this page 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:
148,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

steering problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 022002

Explorer Eddie V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles


I had problem with this ever since i got it. U sort of get use to it but it so hard to keep it going straight. if u touch the wheel it over corrects. never drove a car like this. sometime i get sick to stomach when driving, that no lie. had it aligned several times and told them the problem but all say within specs. wish it was a Honda then i could get dealer to find or fix it. not a ford dealer. to me their look on it is u got and it yours.

- bsikes, Henderson, NC, US

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