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:
57,000 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 202007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


I go to the "farm" to work on some older buildings and haul many tools. I know I have a battery "Saver" feature and the lights do shut off at the end of the 20 minutes (if you don't open another door during the cycle.) However, if I open another door (other one still open) The timer starts over again thus using 20 more minutes of power (2 dome lights and 2 puddle lights). I carry a generator with a 12v and ac hookups (thank god) and use it to charge my battery. I have had the battery tested at my Ford (carried it in) also at Interstate battery (load tested) and both say the battery is good. Any suggestions?? I'm still thinking battery (original) Works OK for "normal" day to day operation?? I don't understand how those few lights could draw enough power to consistently "kill" my battery. HELP!!!!!!!

- , Elk River, MN, US

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