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Ford Explorer vs. Lincoln Navigator Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Ford Explorer and Lincoln Navigator reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Ford Explorer and the Lincoln Navigator 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 Lincoln Navigator 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  
2013 Ford Explorer   22 Explorers, 8.5 months of data per Explorer, average 11300 miles

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2012 Ford Explorer   18 Explorers, 10.3 months of data per Explorer, average 24700 miles

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2011 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 9.6 months of data per Explorer, average 33600 miles

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2008 Ford Explorer   20 Explorers, 8.4 months of data per Explorer, average 54300 miles

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2008 Lincoln Navigator   17 Navigators, 9.6 months of data per Navigator, average 78200 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer 27 Explorers, 7.7 months of data per Explorer, average 87600 miles58
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Lincoln Navigator 25 Navigators, 8.8 months of data per Navigator, average 87200 miles38
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Ford Explorer 29 Explorers, 8.3 months of data per Explorer, average 99100 miles

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50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Lincoln Navigator   11 Navigators, 7.5 months of data per Navigator, average 79600 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer   17 Explorers, 7.9 months of data per Explorer, average 89700 miles

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2005 Lincoln Navigator   16 Navigators, 8.4 months of data per Navigator, average 101100 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer   19 Explorers, 9.5 months of data per Explorer, average 101100 miles

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2004 Lincoln Navigator   18 Navigators, 8.3 months of data per Navigator, average 119700 miles

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2003 Ford Explorer   13 Explorers, 8.5 months of data per Explorer, average 129100 miles

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2003 Lincoln Navigator   19 Navigators, 9.1 months of data per Navigator, average 123700 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 30 Explorers, 7.4 months of data per Explorer, average 123900 miles

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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Lincoln Navigator   10 Navigators, 8.1 months of data per Navigator, average 175900 miles

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1999 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 8.5 months of data per Explorer, average 147100 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
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.
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!

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What Our Members Are Saying about Lincoln Navigator Reliability and Durability

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