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:
No data
Average Mileage:
67,167 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 042008

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,500 miles


You never know which one is giving you the problem. And they are expensive to replace,...over $78 ea to replace and then they have to be "programmed"!!!!

- , Clarkesville, GA, US

problem #2

May 012011

Explorer Eddie Bauer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Tire pressure sensor fault. Not sure what the issue is. I am sure that I will never buy another Ford vehicle again. Too risky.

- , Spring, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 182007

(reported on)

Explorer Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

Low Tire Pressure warning light always on. Forget about the needs to be within 4lbs of recommended tire pressure. It's always on and has been for 10k miles. Every time I get in the truck I have to clear the two errors on the computer to get rid of the warning. Nice reminder of what a piece of junk Ford makes. I figured no reason to spend the money to repair since it is just going to break again. Had it fixed twice under warranty. Never bothered after that.

- , Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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