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:
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. fix defective accessories (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 152013

Explorer XLY V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I bought my used 2004 Explorer in Florida for $9,000.00. Soon after, the driver side viser broke and kept falling into my vision path. I had to remove it after my duct tape solution failed. I moved to Colorado. During the first ice storm in Colorado, the front driver's outdoor handle, and the back 2 passenger handles broke loose. I had to enter the car through the front passenger door and climb over the console to get into the driver's seat. I am 62. Thank God I am flexible.

Meanwhile, the interior ceiling cloth kept deteriorating and pulled away from the window. I waited through most of the winter riding in my car with these defaults in order to save enough to get them fixed.

I spent $1,500.00 and was again confident in my ride until my steering column gear shift broke.

My car now adorns my son's drive way and I am vehicle-less.

- , Parker, Douglas, USA

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