Notes: The 2004 Ford Explorer one of our worst vehicles 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 2002-2005 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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced computer (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 152011

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Took into ford they charge $150.00 and could not find the problem, then i took it to another ford dealer and they kept it for over 2 weeks and said it was the computer. 2200.00 dollars later and one year later the same problem. I do not want to put more money in this junk. The sun roof has been leaking since day one. They said i have to clean the drains. Ha ha i have had several cars with sun roofs never had to clean the drains. I am starting to forget why I wanted to buy American.

- , Beacon Falls, CT - CONNECTICUT, USA

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