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Ford Explorer Engine Problems and Repair Histories

733 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 188 of these members (25.6%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 206 engine repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.3 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, 19% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 6% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 826 repairs.

Ford Explorer engine repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Explorer engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 7% cost less than $100, 47% between $100 and $499, 26% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 9% more than $2500.

Chart based on 149 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 Engine problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Kentucky, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 10000    
14000 0 Rough downshift into 1st, either while stopping, or while accelerating. 
43000  
Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 24000    
28000 0 Reflash ECM and TCM and problem is solved for now. 
66000  

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 28000    
36500 0 Radiator was replaced under warranty due to a leak 
82000  
Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 40000    
40000 580 Radiator leak at 40000 miles. waited for radiator because Ford didn't have any and neither did radiator shop. Ford was out, this tells you they have a problem w/ radiators. there should be a recall. 
 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 142600    
154380 200 New ignition on the steering column since the old one came out with the key 
Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 43000    
44000 160 Broken heat shield on front transfer case. 
93000 200 Replaced all 8 ignition coils and spark plugs. 
112000  

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Explorer in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 70000    
74000 264 Emission sensor needed replacing. 
 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

Ford Explorer in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 166000    
169000 1100 Valve cover oil leak. Gaskets replaced. 3 sensors replaced. 
 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ford Explorer in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 102300    
103540 1000 Leaking coolant from heating coil. 
104780 250 Unable to start car from park position in transmission. Intermittent problem. Somewhat improvement after repair. 
125240  
Ford Explorer in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 145000    
146000 750 Intake manifold blew and dumped all coolant all over the place. 
 

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