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Ford Explorer Body and Trim Problems and Repair Histories

733 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 103 of these members (14.1%) have reported paint, rust, leaks, rattles, and trim repairs for their car. A total of 55 paint, rust, leaks, rattles, and trim repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Ford Explorer problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Ford Explorer problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Ford Explorer problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

25% of the Ford Explorer repairs were to the engine, 14% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 18% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 833 repairs.

Ford Explorer paint, rust, leaks, rattles, and trim repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Explorer paint, rust, leaks, rattles, and trim repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 40% between $100 and $499, 19% between $500 and $999, 16% between $1000 and $2499, and 12% more than $2500.

Chart based on 67 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 Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 1000    
3000 0 Repaired trim 
63000  

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic AWD

Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 28000    
32000 0 broken hinge on drivers side vanity mirror. 
53000  

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 31000    
34000 0 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

Ford Explorer in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 16000    
17000 0 Water in rear tail lights and in right front fog lamp. 
21000 0 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 0 Seat base cover was replaced by the dealer who sold the vehicle.  
25000 0 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

Ford Explorer in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 37000    
39000 0 Leak in sunroof. 
 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2010 57000    
58000 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

Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 43000    
52000 0 Broken duct vent in dash.  
83000 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. 
112000  
Ford Explorer in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 54000    
55000 0 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

Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 75000    
89700 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

Ford Explorer in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Back molding on door broke when closing in the cold, was told it's very common for the 02 model 
89000 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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