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Ford Explorer vs. Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Ford Explorer or Jeep Grand Cherokee reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Ford Explorer   19 Explorers, 6.2 months of data per Explorer, average 6100 miles

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 88 Grand Cherokees, 7.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 7600 miles

Refreshed. Very common problems with new climate control and infotainment system, which is tied into many other electrical systems.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Ford Explorer   24 Explorers, 9.8 months of data per Explorer, average 17000 miles

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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee   13 Grand Cherokees, 9.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 12400 miles

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2012 Ford Explorer   17 Explorers, 9.8 months of data per Explorer, average 30800 miles

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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee 68 Grand Cherokees, 8.9 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 24600 miles52
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 9.9 months of data per Explorer, average 39100 miles

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 63 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 39400 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Ford Explorer   22 Explorers, 9.0 months of data per Explorer, average 64200 miles

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee   18 Grand Cherokees, 9.4 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 60900 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 8.8 months of data per Explorer, average 93100 miles

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2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee 33 Grand Cherokees, 9.0 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 81700 miles85
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford Explorer 28 Explorers, 7.6 months of data per Explorer, average 102200 miles

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70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee   11 Grand Cherokees, 7.3 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 97600 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer   15 Explorers, 8.2 months of data per Explorer, average 106500 miles

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2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26 Grand Cherokees, 7.8 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 104800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Ford Explorer   24 Explorers, 9.0 months of data per Explorer, average 113700 miles

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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 26 Grand Cherokees, 8.5 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 125400 miles76
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Ford Explorer   14 Explorers, 8.6 months of data per Explorer, average 144800 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 28 Explorers, 8.7 months of data per Explorer, average 131100 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee   14 Grand Cherokees, 8.2 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 126800 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 10.1 months of data per Explorer, average 160700 miles

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2000 Ford Explorer   12 Explorers, 6.6 months of data per Explorer, average 176400 miles

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2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee   15 Grand Cherokees, 6.6 months of data per Grand Cherokee, average 160800 miles

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1999 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 7.1 months of data per Explorer, average 155700 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Ford Explorer

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What Our Members Are Saying about Ford Explorer Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Ford Explorer: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
No issues with the vehicle to date. Not even minor ones...
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
The expected life span of the vehicle is longer than most cars. It is built on a solid frame that will take a lot of abuse.
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems.
Reliability and Durability of the Ford Explorer: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I've had issues with the MyFord Touch system (fixed by latest update). Got annoying wind noise coming from somewhere around the a-pillars, and the mirrors have had water in the signals since new. I haven't bothered getting this stuff fixed yet.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Absolutely TERRIBLE transmission problems that Ford refuses to address. I won;t buy another Ford despite the fact I have 3 in my driveway now.
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The SUV became a money pit in my 6th year of ownership. I've driven Fords all my life, and this was by far the worst I've ever owned. Internet research confirmed lots of owners were having similar problems: total brake jobs every 25k miles, front (50k) and real wheel bearings (67k), rear door trim bezel cracked 3x (fixed 1st time under warranty, I paid 2nd time, left as-is 3rd time), and the real killer - a complete tranny overhaul at only 67k miles. Ford knew there were problems w/ the tranny, but decided to stick it to the owners anyways. It was a great SUV to drive, but it cost me over $9k in maint/repairs in the last 3 years I owned this SUV.
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This truck has been the worst reliable vehicle I have ever owned, EVER!
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Bearings Bearings Bearings, Rear end has been serviced seven times all due to the CHEAP bearings that FORD uses and then refuses to stand behind their parts.

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What Our Members Are Saying about Jeep Grand Cherokee Reliability and Durability

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