really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,229 miles

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problem #282

Jan 012019


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the transmission independently switched to 4 wheel drive and the vehicle stalled. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transfer casing and ignition coils needed to be replaced. The ignition coil was replaced and the transfer casing was repaired however the failure recurred. An unknown dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failures. No assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #281

Sep 282019


  • 93,964 miles
The car gets stuck in park and will not into reverse, neutral or drive. It doesn't happen often but has been happening at infrequent periods since 2007. It's a nuisance when it does happen but after multiple attempts, depressing the brake and repeatedly attempting to shift; shutting down the engine and restarting and repeating the process; usually does shift into gear. The last incident was more than 4 years ago. Now since Saturday, 9/28/19; can't shift out of park. I never reported the problem because it was always resolved and I forgot to report it to the dealership because I was always in a rush to get to my destination. My car is in good running condition. Original owner. 93964mi. Always serviced at dealership.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #280

Sep 072018


  • 232,160 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the vehicle rolled forward after it was parked. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 232,160.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #279

Nov 152017


  • 113,000 miles
The shift lever literally snapped off at the steering column while putting the car into drive. Car couldn't be shifted into park, still running. Keys couldn't even be removed to turn the car off. Very dangerous. Seems like a fairly common problem among 2002 Ford Explorer owners. Many complaints filed here: Https://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Explorer/2002/accessories-interior/gear_shift_lever_fell_off-2.shtml

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #278

Aug 162017


  • 138,935 miles
Transmission failed on a major highway

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #277

Jul 072017


  • 181,000 miles
Transmissions going out it started all of a sudden with a vibration in transmission after driving it for a awhile in the higher gears the od light came on an flashed for awhile can U help

- Cypress Inn, TN, USA

problem #276

Jul 052017


  • 22,000 miles
The rear stabilizer links just broke out of nowhere not even to latest later the front stabilizer links just broke out of nowhere and I have no steering a whole lot of loose control

- Gautier, MS, USA

problem #275

Apr 122017


  • 88,000 miles
Transmission needs to be rebuilt with only 88000 miles on engine.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #274

May 262017


  • 174,000 miles
Upon beginning to drive home from work the transmission failed when shifting from second to third gear. There is no longer a third gear in my automatic transmission. In order to get home I had to manually shift with gear shifter and attempt to skip over third gear. Was driving on city streets. Vehicle has 174000 miles on it.

- New Haven, MI, USA

problem #273

Oct 242016


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While the vehicle was idling at a stop light, the overdrive warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle stalled several times. In addition, the vehicle was difficult to shift into second and third gear as well as drive, which was when the intermittent stall failure occurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The vehicle was parked and unable to be driven due to the intermittent failures. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Proctor, AR, USA

problem #272

Sep 172014


  • 97,000 miles
Transmission failure before 100000 miles while on freeway

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #271

Dec 242008


  • miles
"takata recall" I have had to have the transmission rebuilt in my 2002 Ford Explorer 3 times. The first time in 2008 with 107,262, second time June 2012 with 136671 miles and the 3rd time in September 2015 with 184,086 miles on it. I would say that anytime you have to replace your transmission that many times there is definitely a defect in the transmission of the Explorer.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #270

Oct 192016

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving nd steering wheel fell apart brake switch stopped working 3 times had new transmission put in had to have 3 different sets of tire put on back window shattered while sitting at red light.

- Millville, NJ, USA

problem #269

Sep 132004


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While driving at any speed, the gear would not engage when shifted. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission band did not connect. The technician recommended that the transmission be replaced or rebuilt. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 04V442000 (structure) and 09V399000 (vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was approximately 81,000.

- Nokomis, IL, USA

problem #268

Sep 142016


  • 283,000 miles
Transmission, jerked, stalled and had difficulty shifting while driving on freeway/ highway. Additionally, the O/D (overdrive) light came on and continually flashed prior to the transmission starting to noisily grind with a burning smell. I've had 5 professional diagnosis all stating it's a different transmission problem. A class action lawsuit and Ford Motor Company recall is needed on the transmissions, this is a widespread problem and issue for nearly 20 years.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #267

Aug 202016


  • 78,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Explorer eddie bauer is on its 3rd transmission. It has 78K miles on it. Help

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #266

Aug 012014


  • 160,000 miles
At first when shifting the transmission wouldn't go into any gear. We had the transmission replaced. When got vehicle back still had same problem took it to transmission specialist put on computer fixed the initial problem. The transmission we had put in had much more problems. Overdrive started blinking then lost 2nd and 5th gear

- East Orland, ME, USA

problem #265

Jul 242016


  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. While parking the vehicle, the gear shift lever fractured and separated from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 144,000.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #264

Jun 122016


  • 190,000 miles
Transmission don't work, gear slip after 10 minutes drive then stop working won't go back or foward

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #263

Apr 272016


  • 89,000 miles
02 Explorer stop shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear, after 2nd gear when it's time to shift it sounds like it goes in neutral, when I let off it finally shifts (hard) it's very dangerous when driving in front of traffic I'm afraid for myself and my children, this is an issue for alot of people, please help us with this issue, this really needs to be recalled thank you

- Eubank, KY, USA

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