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Ford Explorer Electrical Problems

756 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 129 of these members (17.1%) have reported electrical repairs for their car. A total of 219 electrical repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.3 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.

Percentage of Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Chart based on 980 repairs.

Ford Explorer electrical repair cost distribution

Chart based on 122 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.

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   Rear window defroster line repaired with kit that needed to be ordered. 
49600   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   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 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   Wiring harness for windows loose. 
44000 US $160 Broken duct vent in dash. 
52000   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   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 C $550 No airconditioning because of leaking coolant. 
117380   Power chair did not move back or forth. Repaired power seat switch. 

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