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:
Average Mileage:
54,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace rotors (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 292007

(reported on)

Explorer Edie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


My brake rotors were full of rust (corroded). I had to have all my rotors replaced.

- , Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 292006

(reported on)

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

when I apply the brake either on a wet road or emergency, it like it is slow to catch and when it finally does there is a sharp release then i continue to slide a little bit. this only happens when applying the brake quick and hard or when road is wet . it feels like the antilock brakes aren't catching or working properly. replaced brake pad and rotors 12 months ago, no difference.

- , Grayson, KY, USA

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