fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
38,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. re-paint (2 reports)
  2. new hood (1 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
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problem #4

Dec 002000

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

See my numerous complaints listed under cracked panel under rear window. I never had it repainted because to have it done correctly was estimated $3200....more than the car is worth in its condition. Date and mileage unknown. We've lived with this problem for at least the last 3+ years.

The blisters start out small but over time spread like a cancer. Ford has a long history of problems with paint issues on their vehicles. Local dealership offered no help, no solution, and no empathy....except they were anxious to take more of my money to repaint the car which I declined. They even suggested it was partially my fault as I probably used harsh detergents to wash the vehicle. Absolute bunk!!! To get the defects in the paint that exists, I would have had to wash my vehicle with acid.

- Carlos H., Knoxville, TN, US

problem #3

Dec 012004

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

The black fascia between the windows cracked and faded in just a couple of years.Ford should have to replace them.

- kredbone1, Taylorsville, KY, US

problem #2

Feb 072006

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

After washing my 2002 ford explorer, I saw a bubble on the bottom left corner on the hood. Looking at it closely, it looks like rust is forming underneath the paint. I'm positive its rust because every year it gets a little bigger and more bumpy. How the hell did it get there? I have no clue!? I never bothered to get a quote from a repair shop or go to the dealer. I know repairing this problem will put a dent in my pocket and don't wanna waste my time at the dealer. My opinion, Ford quality sucks.

- jagdeppa, Kihei, HI, US

problem #1

Jun 192004

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


- Beth B., West End, NC, US