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Ford Expedition vs. Ford Explorer Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Ford Explorer 34
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Explorers, 9.5 months of data per Explorer, average 10500 miles

 

2014 Ford Explorer 33
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Explorers, 10.9 months of data per Explorer, average 20500 miles

 

2013 Ford Explorer 31
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 38000 miles

 

2012 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Explorers, 9.8 months of data per Explorer, average 47900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2011 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Explorers, 10.1 months of data per Explorer, average 67300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Ford Expedition   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Expeditions, 9.7 months of data per Expedition, average 98700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2008 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Explorers, 8.9 months of data per Explorer, average 81000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Ford Expedition   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Expeditions, 9.7 months of data per Expedition, average 110300 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2007 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 123200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 Ford Expedition   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Expeditions, 7.4 months of data per Expedition, average 97600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2006 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  24 Explorers, 9.5 months of data per Explorer, average 117800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford Expedition   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Expeditions, 7.6 months of data per Expedition, average 122500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Explorers, 8.3 months of data per Explorer, average 124600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford Expedition   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Expeditions, 7.7 months of data per Expedition, average 125400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Explorers, 7.7 months of data per Explorer, average 123600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2003 Ford Expedition   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Expeditions, 7.6 months of data per Expedition, average 129100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2003 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 150200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Ford Explorer 75
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Explorers, 8.3 months of data per Explorer, average 137900 miles

Redesigned.

 

2001 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Explorers, 9.2 months of data per Explorer, average 168000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Ford Expedition vs. Ford Explorer Reliability Comparisons

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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
see above
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.
 

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
This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER!
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.