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Ford Explorer Body Problems

796 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 46 of these members (5.8%) have reported body repairs for their car. A total of 68 body repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Ford Explorer problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Percentage of Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1028 repairs.

Ford Explorer body repair cost distribution

Chart based on 71 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Ford Explorer repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

3000 mi   Repaired trim 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic AWD

32000 mi   broken hinge on drivers side vanity mirror. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

34000 mi   The rims on the car were corroding. 4 new rims and sensor bands were ordered and installed on the next visit. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

17000 mi   Water in rear tail lights and in right front fog lamp. 
21000   Passenger leather seat base had "stress cracks" on the upper portion between legs. Dealership had it repaired. The repair failed 1 year later. The dealer then decided to replace the cover. Part still on back order (2 weeks). 
21000   Seat base cover was replaced by the dealer who sold the vehicle.  
25000   Driver door creeks/pops when closing. Service department lubricated twice (first time with penitrating oil, second time with White lithium grease). Waiting to see if returns. Problem with lower hinge. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

39000 mi   Leak in sunroof. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

58000 mi US $150 Sunroof mounting bracket was improperly isolated. Caused loud rattle from metal hitting metal. Shop had to drop the headliner and put some foam rubber between the sunroof support bracket and the roof. 3 hour repair, $150 cost. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

52000 mi   Broken duct vent in dash.  
83000 US $1500 Paint on hood was bubbling due to iron contamination in aluminum hood (see TSB 06-25-15 ALUMINUM BODY PANELS - CORROSION). Aluminum hood replaced with steel hood & repainted. Vehicle was beyond paint warranty time frame. 
54111   Blew out blocked moonroof drains 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

89700 mi US $200 Cracked rear hatch trim below the lift up glass. Plastic body color trim piece cracking vertically. Mine cracked in 2 places over the period of 2 years, upon second crack, I replaced. bought part online, had painted professionally, I applied. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

22000 mi   Back molding on door broke when closing in the cold, was told it's very common for the 02 model 
89000 US $350 Rear panel on back tail gate broke for the 4th time since we purchased this vehicle new. I ordered the part and replaced it myself. I am sure It will break again. These things have more problems than I care to mention. 

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