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Ford Explorer electrical repair cost distribution

Chart based on 138 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

26000 mi Rear window defogger has burnt out line. Dealer needs to order a fresh repair kit. 
28000 mi Rear window defroster line repaired with kit that needed to be ordered. 
49600 mi Driver's side back seat (2nd row) seat belt jammed as it was being pulled out to be used. Will not release or rewind. Dealer ordered new seat belt. Repair covered under the 5 year 50,000 mile safety warranty. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

11 mi Factory Warranty repair: Rear right passenger door window will not work from the driver's controls. Had to have passenger use the door control to roll window up and down a few times before driver's control would work. Both switches replaced. 
21000 mi Rear passenger, driver side, window would not roll down with either the switch on that door or with the master control. Both switch's replaced. 2nd time to a dealership for this problem, only this dealership replaced the master control as well as the ne 
45000 mi

US $700
Starter went out. Learned this is a known issue in model years through 2006. Ford never issued a recall. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

40000 mi

US $176
Tire air pressure sensor went out at 39000 miles. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

143840 mi

C $465
Heater Blower Fan 
154380 mi

C $90
Wiring harness for windows loose. 
44000 mi

US $160
Broken duct vent in dash. 
52000 mi Rear window motor replaced. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

39000 mi took 03 explorer to ford dealer for a number of repairs covered under extended warranty with 50.00 deductable.window motor replaced factory radio door ajar sensor 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

102000 mi

US $800
Air compresser failure. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

248000 mi

US $200
Electrical cable at starter shorted out, requiring vehicle to be towed to shop. 
278000 mi

US $40
Alternator failed. Replaced with used part. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

150000 mi

US $150
battery cable clamp corroded through to the point it could no longer hold the battery post and drained the battery to it's doom at the same time 
103540 mi

C $550
No airconditioning because of leaking coolant. 
117380 mi

C $450
Power chair did not move back or forth. Repaired power seat switch. 

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Ford Explorer Electrical Problems

887 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 149 of these members (16.8%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 252 electrical repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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