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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
101,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 122013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


my 2004 ford explorer roll over my legs when in park and threw me out of car, knocked me down and rolled back on to my legs. I am still out of commission as of 7/22/2013. and still have this piece of crap and I do not want to sell to anyone. ford, u should recall all these ford trucks that have this problem, witch there are a lot of.

- , Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #2

May 052010

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

took it to interstate ford in dayton ohio on state route 725. they said there was nothing wrong with it. they said they couldn't just take it apart to look for a problem. they said i should just use my emergency brake and then charged me 75 dollars because there wasn't anything wrong with it, so it wasn't covered under warranty.

- , Xenia, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 242011

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

I would like to know what is wrong with my trans. and why people are saying that it is happing while on an encline. mine likes to go in reverse while sitting still on a flat surface. I would like it fixed because I do nothave much money. I am on a fixed income. I want it fixed before it caused me to have a bad wreck

- , Austin, TX, USA

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