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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
51,216 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012011

Explorer XLT 4.O

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,865 miles


Some times I cannot get the CD to eject, irritating when you wish to listen to a different CD.

- , Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Nov 302009

Explorer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles

cd never came out after pounding on the dash and pushing eject button million times

- , Longwood, FL, USA

problem #2

May 052007

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

the lights on the radio quit working and it wont play cds and spits them out randomly and wont eject them, my a third party radio

- , Fisherville, KY, US

problem #1

Apr 022008

Explorer XLS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

About 1 out of 6 times when pressing the CD Eject button, CD player will not eject the CD and displays an error message. It does this for a random amount of time, usually a day or two, until you get lucky and it decides to cooperate and eject the CD.

- , O Fallon, IL, USA

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