really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
16,702 miles

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problem #16

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 #15

Oct 102011


  • miles
Cpsc# I11A0238A. 2002 Ford Explorer. Studs for vehicle rear right tire completely snap in half.

- York, PA, USA

problem #14

Jan 022005


  • 68,000 miles
It started very early after buying the 2002 Ford Explorer...electrical prob..couldn't get veh started...100 miles away from home dealership....towed to closest Ford dealership...fixed; or so we thought. Same thing happened a week later. Home dealership advised us that the other dealership installed the wrong part and it could have caused life-threatening problems....we contacted the other dealership and advised them what our home dealership said...of course the dealership denied this...anyway...home dealership installed new part...veh ok....then wheel bearings had to be replaced in front 1st left side-then right. (this was after the rear end was replaced) boy, was that a major fight with the home dealership! now! the transmission is gone!!!!! isn't there something we can do" Ford has been using defective parts!!!!and now asking for government money??"!!!!Ford should be paying for this!

- Hamptonville, NC, USA

problem #13

Mar 312008


  • miles
Problems with this Explorer over my ownership include: -rear glass replaced -front brakes replaced -rear wheel bearings have required replacement, -parking brake issues, -new tires, etc.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #12

Mar 212008

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear end is making a horrible rubbing noise....thought it might be the tires but I just replaced all 4 tires with the same exact tires they come from factory with and still have the problem.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #11

May 012006

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles
After owning for a week and a half, had to have the G ears in the rear end replaced. Later informed that the tires were not evenly worn which was causing the rear end to pop. After replacing the tires, the four wheel drive would not work. The 4 X 4 module and the wiring need to be replaced, costing $1000. That is not including the driver window switch needing to be replaced as well as the window regulator. Now there is an electrical problem coming from the dash. Unable to figure out what it is yet.

- Garfield Heights, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 012007

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT with 96,000 miles on it and around 60,000 the noise started. First the front right wheel started to vibrate and then the hub went. While driving my front tire just collapsed. 2nd issue the rear end started to make noise is more like vibraing. And after searching on google, I find that im not the only one with this issue. This is a very expensive issue $1200. Just to start the Ford company is aware of this issue and nothing is being done about it. This is not a joke, this is serious, someone can get hurt. Maybe that's what it will take for the Ford company to resolve the issue, the issue that Ford is aware of. Please help!

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #9

Mar 152006

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer. He noticed deep worn areas on the tire. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle to determine the cause. The current mileage on the vehicle was 104,000. The contact was unable to provide the tire details. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Willard, NC, USA

problem #8

May 182006

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 72,010 miles
Tried to put the vehicle into reverse from park and the column shifter broke off. Vehicle could not be driven and was towed to a transmission business. Cost to repair is $1300. I bought this vehicle in 2004 used. I've had the rear transmission seals, shocks, tires, front window and the entire steering column replaced.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 052004

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,214 miles
The front and rear tires developed cuts on the side. Vehicle was taken to dealer for replacement tires. Updated

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #6

Feb 092004


  • miles
While driving at an undetermined speed right rear tire fell off the vehicle. Consumer was able to pull off the road, and call for a tow truck. Vehicle was towed to the dealer.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #5

May 022003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • miles
Tire blow out on 2002 Ford Explorer. Ford refused to reimburse the consumer for the tire blow out along with the body damage that occurred due to the incident. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 162003


  • miles
2 of my cousins were involved in a Ford Explorer tire blow out outside of raleigh nc on August 16th. Amal muaraka, a pediatric surgeon was killed instantly and summeet murarka was placed in icu as the non-Bridgestone tire blew out on the Ford Explorer and the vehicle flipped 5 times when the tire blew out. What will it take for the government to act on Ford's malicious deceit. Ford's history is plagued with serious issues such as the pinto that blew up and this time it was the governments inaction and Ford cover-up that prevented my cousin from living a full life at only the age of 33. I can only hope that the government will immediately recall the Ford Explorer line even if it causes serious costs and financial burden to Ford to save lives and prevent so many from the pain of tragedies such as the one that we have experienced. Again - it is my belief that it is the fatal design flaws in the Ford Explorer that caused this wreck and the death of my cousin - he is survived by his wife, and 2 daughters. Please stop Ford from murdering others!!!!

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Mar 072003


  • miles
While driving and with no warning the passenger front tire blew out. Dealer notified.

- Vonore, TN, USA

problem #2

Sep 272002


  • miles
The tire blew out of the Explorer going 75 mph on a major route in massachuetts. There were no injuries, but I feel I should report this due to 6-month old vehicle with less than 10,000 miles. The conditions that day were very hot, it was about 90 degrees when the tire blew out need to report.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 262001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever vehicle hits a bump it's hard to control, goes all over road. Contacted dealership, but dealer refused to look at vehicle. Consumer has replaced the Michelin tires at their cost, P235/70R16, dot E20291511, vehicle and tires only had 470 miles.

- Pahrump, NV, USA