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:
Average Mileage:
97,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. complete front-end rebuild (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace entire front suspension (1 reports)
  4. replace stabilizer bushings (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

May 312017

Explorer Not Sure 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles


DO NOT BUY A FORD EXPLODER!!! There are plenty of other cars/suvs/trucks out there. Do yourself a favor!!!

- mwc1988, Hudson, US

problem #3

Mar 182014

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Stupid f*cking FORD! Cracked lift gate - new wheel bearings - rebuilt transmission - interior falling apart - dome lights wont work - now the steering is swaying! Oh yea - the fresh/recirc air flapper fell onto the fan intake in the HVAC unit so there was not f*cking air flow. The damn thing is falling apart and I spend A TON of money on this piece of sh*t. I keep it cuz I like it though seat warmers work good.

- airblainer, Carrington, ND, US

problem #2

Nov 122002

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,925 miles

The explorer make a funny noise whenever you went over a bump. They replaced the front stabilizer bushings.

- Beth G., Mechanicsburg, PA, US

problem #1

Dec 032007

Explorer XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Could not believe the entire front suspension had to be changed at this mileage. These are obviously inherent flaws or poor quality components. I have another 1994 Lumina with over 200k miles and never has been the suspension repaired. Will look another car brand next time.

- julmaro, Carolina, P.R, Puerto Rico

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