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:
103,791 miles
Total Complaints:
81 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace all hubs and bearings (62 reports)
  2. replaced bearings (8 reports)
  3. replaced the hub bearing assmbly (6 reports)
  4. replace hub, bearings and rubber boot (4 reports)
  5. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #1

Jul 282008

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


We have had numerous problems since we purchased this vehicle. A month after we purchased it, we had transmission problems. Since then, we have had to replace the thermostat & several other parts that should still be functioning. I have never had this much trouble with a vehicle & I will NEVER buy another Ford again.

- , Nathalie, VA, USA

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