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Ford Expedition vs. Ford Explorer Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford Expedition or Ford Explorer reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford Expedition and the Ford Explorer truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Ford Explorer 28 Explorers, 9.0 months of data per Explorer, average 8800 miles33
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford Explorer 26 Explorers, 8.8 months of data per Explorer, average 25100 miles32
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford Explorer   16 Explorers, 9.7 months of data per Explorer, average 38200 miles

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2011 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 9.3 months of data per Explorer, average 48400 miles

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2008 Ford Expedition   20 Expeditions, 9.3 months of data per Expedition, average 85300 miles

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2008 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 8.8 months of data per Explorer, average 70900 miles

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2007 Ford Expedition   23 Expeditions, 10.0 months of data per Expedition, average 103600 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer   18 Explorers, 6.4 months of data per Explorer, average 107000 miles

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2006 Ford Expedition   12 Expeditions, 6.6 months of data per Expedition, average 91700 miles

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2006 Ford Explorer 26 Explorers, 9.3 months of data per Explorer, average 110400 miles

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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Ford Expedition   11 Expeditions, 10.1 months of data per Expedition, average 109300 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer   14 Explorers, 9.7 months of data per Explorer, average 106900 miles

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2004 Ford Expedition   17 Expeditions, 8.3 months of data per Expedition, average 122200 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer 28 Explorers, 8.9 months of data per Explorer, average 121300 miles

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120
90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Ford Expedition   18 Expeditions, 8.6 months of data per Expedition, average 138100 miles

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2003 Ford Explorer   16 Explorers, 6.4 months of data per Explorer, average 148100 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 27 Explorers, 8.0 months of data per Explorer, average 139200 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Ford Explorer   13 Explorers, 7.1 months of data per Explorer, average 152600 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Expedition

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No issues in 22,000 miles except for cheap plastic chrome trim....corroded after one winter. Had to dechrome the truck at my own expense...$1,200.
2006 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
FORD TOUGH.WHEN I TOLL MY 20 FT BOAT [ 3600 LBS ] IN THESE COLORADO MOUNTAINS I CAN NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE RELIEABLE OR DURABLE.
2005 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
No problems except brakes in 77,000 miles
2003 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
After 120,000 miles nothing has needed replaced on the expedition other then normal scheduled maintenance.
2003 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 5.4L V8
4-speed automatic RWD
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones...
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems.
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
The expected life span of the vehicle is longer than most cars. It is built on a solid frame that will take a lot of abuse.
Ford Explorer Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had issues with the MyFord Touch system (fixed by latest update). Got annoying wind noise coming from somewhere around the a-pillars, and the mirrors have had water in the signals since new. I haven't bothered getting this stuff fixed yet.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Absolutely TERRIBLE transmission problems that Ford refuses to address. I won;t buy another Ford despite the fact I have 3 in my driveway now.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The SUV became a money pit in my 6th year of ownership. I've driven Fords all my life, and this was by far the worst I've ever owned. Internet research confirmed lots of owners were having similar problems: total brake jobs every 25k miles, front (50k) and real wheel bearings (67k), rear door trim bezel cracked 3x (fixed 1st time under warranty, I paid 2nd time, left as-is 3rd time), and the real killer - a complete tranny overhaul at only 67k miles. Ford knew there were problems w/ the tranny, but decided to stick it to the owners anyways. It was a great SUV to drive, but it cost me over $9k in maint/repairs in the last 3 years I owned this SUV.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Bearings Bearings Bearings, Rear end has been serviced seven times all due to the CHEAP bearings that FORD uses and then refuses to stand behind their parts.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER!