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Ford Explorer Engine Problems

796 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 166 of these members (20.9%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 248 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.

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Chart based on 1023 repairs.

Ford Explorer engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 166 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

14000 mi   Rough downshift into 1st, either while stopping, or while accelerating. 
28000   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 
40000 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 US $160 Broken heat shield on front transfer case. 
93000   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   Unable to start car from park position in transmission. Intermittent problem. Somewhat improvement after repair. 
146000 US $750 Intake manifold blew and dumped all coolant all over the place. 

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