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Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1157 repairs.

Ford Explorer engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 175 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

14000 mi Rough downshift into 1st, either while stopping, or while accelerating. 
28000 mi Reflash ECM and TCM and problem is solved for now. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

35000 mi Radiator was replaced under warranty due to a leak 
84500 mi

US $800
Radiator was leaking and had to be replaced, 2nd time this issue has occurred. 
40000 mi

US $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

155000 mi

C $200
New ignition on the steering column since the old one came out with the key 
44000 mi

US $160
Broken heat shield on front transfer case. 
93000 mi

US $200
Replaced all 8 ignition coils and spark plugs. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

74000 mi

US $264
Emission sensor needed replacing. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

169000 mi

US $1100
Valve cover oil leak. Gaskets replaced. 3 sensors replaced. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

103540 mi

C $1000
Leaking coolant from heating coil. 
104780 mi

C $250
Unable to start car from park position in transmission. Intermittent problem. Somewhat improvement after repair. 
146000 mi

US $750
Intake manifold blew and dumped all coolant all over the place. 

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Ford Explorer Engine Problems

876 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 177 of these members (20.2%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 272 engine 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.