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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  
2015 Ford Explorer   14 Explorers, 5.0 months of data per Explorer, average 4300 miles

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2014 Ford Explorer 29 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 10700 miles39
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2013 Ford Explorer 29 Explorers, 8.1 months of data per Explorer, average 29100 miles31
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford Explorer   16 Explorers, 9.3 months of data per Explorer, average 39800 miles

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2011 Ford Explorer   23 Explorers, 8.7 months of data per Explorer, average 58100 miles

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2008 Ford Explorer 25 Explorers, 9.3 months of data per Explorer, average 78500 miles62
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2008 Lincoln Navigator   19 Navigators, 8.8 months of data per Navigator, average 89000 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer   12 Explorers, 6.9 months of data per Explorer, average 115300 miles

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2007 Lincoln Navigator   23 Navigators, 9.7 months of data per Navigator, average 105700 miles

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2006 Ford Explorer 27 Explorers, 9.2 months of data per Explorer, average 111200 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer   14 Explorers, 9.3 months of data per Explorer, average 107700 miles

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2005 Lincoln Navigator   12 Navigators, 8.8 months of data per Navigator, average 111300 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer 27 Explorers, 7.7 months of data per Explorer, average 121200 miles115
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2004 Lincoln Navigator   15 Navigators, 7.9 months of data per Navigator, average 120700 miles

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2003 Ford Explorer   15 Explorers, 6.8 months of data per Explorer, average 147400 miles

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2003 Lincoln Navigator   17 Navigators, 9.6 months of data per Navigator, average 128600 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 25 Explorers, 9.1 months of data per Explorer, average 140600 miles

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2001 Ford Explorer   13 Explorers, 6.2 months of data per Explorer, average 145800 miles

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2000 Ford Explorer   11 Explorers, 6.8 months of data per Explorer, average 197500 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 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...
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
I have had good experience with this car. No major problems.
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.
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.
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.
 

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.
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.
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.