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Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (8%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 1362 repairs.
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Ford Explorer repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (26%)

$100 - $499 (46%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 473 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

Ford Explorer problems by year

1996 - 2001 (13%)

2002 - 2005 (40%)

2006 - 2010 (26%)

2011 - 2015 (20%)

2016 - present (1%)

Chart based on 1367 repair trips.
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Personal Experiences of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Personal Experiences: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This is my third Explorer. Reliability has been excellent. full 2007 Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
I have always had good success with Ford trucks in terms of capability, reliability and dependability. full 2006 Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Room, solid, offroad ability. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
My 97 Explorer XLT (w/ 4.0L V6 and 5-speed MANUAL transmission) was a fantastic first SUV. I regret trading it in, but the 2004 seemed like such a bargain at the time. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
 

Ford Explorer Problems and Repair Histories

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