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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
110,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 202015

Explorer LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


The interior dome & door ajar lights stay on until I put the car in drive and drive forward for about four seconds, then they go out. At the same time this started, my key fob stopped working, the driver's side lock/unlock button doesn't work, and I was unable to lock or unlock the vehicle using the door keypad; however, lately I have been able to unlock it with the keypad (thank goodness as I locked my keys in the car!!), but not lock it...don't know how long before the keypad goes back to not allowing me to unlock it again. Also, at the same time, my after market radio (Pioneer Multi Functional) will not work either. The lights on the side bar of the radio light up when my exterior light switch is on, but nothing lights up when no exterior lights are on...and it never shows the screen anymore.

- , Sparrows Point, MD, USA

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