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:
81,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace pedal position sensor (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 072009

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


Ford company does not have parts to replace faulty one. Ordered 2 years ago from Ford dealer & still waiting for the parts for the accelerator and brake adjuster.

- , Sumter, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 242011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I have never had an issue with my car engine wise. I take my car to a detail place to have it cleaned. they tell me that my car won't start. i automatically start with - what did you do to it. they end up closing up shop while someone was still looking at my car to get it running. i get it started but it died on me 2 times driving home. I finally have my mechanic come over with his computer, and he realizes that the pedal sensor is not working. he said this just wears out sometimes (i still believe the detail company did something, even though he said all the wires were connected). this is a complete pain in the butt, and i haven't had my car in 2 weeks. i was searching for the part and was coming up with 400.00 just for the part. finally i called a ford dealership and got a reasonable quote of 135.00. just waiting for the part to come in now so that i can have it installed. luckily i have a ride to work everyday.

- , Pompano Beach, FL, US

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