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Ford Explorer vs. Lincoln Navigator Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model Percent of Average  
2011 - 2015 Ford Explorer
43.7142857143% Best 114% Worst
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2006 - 2010 Ford Explorer
55.1428571429% Best 134% Worst
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2003 - 2006 Lincoln Navigator
44.8571428571% Best 116% Worst
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2002 - 2005 Ford Explorer
36.2857142857% Best 101% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Reliability And Durability: 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... full 2007 Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems. full 2006 Ford Explorer review
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. full 2006 Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Reliability And Durability: 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. full 2011 Ford Explorer review
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. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
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. full 2004 Ford Explorer review
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! full 2002 Ford Explorer review
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. full 2002 Ford Explorer review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln Navigator Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Transmission is very fragile. Google ZF6HP26 problems. This is the german trans ford put in this truck. Very expensive to repair. full 2006 Lincoln Navigator review
2005 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I came to the Navigator after having owned (in no particular order) 2 BMWs, a 964-series Porsche, an MKIII Golf, and a 1st gen Jeep GC. Being something of a Euro-snob at the time, I approached the Navigator with some contempt. To my surprise, the Navigator has been almost trouble free, with only a single repair ($500) in the 50K miles I have driven it. I bought it because the price was right and I needed a full size SUV. The previous owner and his kids had abused the interior and it smelled awful, so I expected a lot of problems. I have been pleasantly surprised with the low operating costs. full 2005 Lincoln Navigator review
Lincoln Navigator Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 5.4L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not very reliable and expensive to maintain. full 2006 Lincoln Navigator review