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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.

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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   24 Explorers, 7.7 months of data per Explorer, average 6900 miles

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2013 Ford Explorer 27 Explorers, 8.7 months of data per Explorer, average 20700 miles36
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Ford Explorer   17 Explorers, 9.6 months of data per Explorer, average 36700 miles

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2011 Ford Explorer   20 Explorers, 10.0 months of data per Explorer, average 43800 miles

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2008 Ford Explorer   22 Explorers, 9.0 months of data per Explorer, average 69700 miles

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2008 Lincoln Navigator   20 Navigators, 9.8 months of data per Navigator, average 83000 miles

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2007 Ford Explorer   21 Explorers, 6.7 months of data per Explorer, average 97900 miles

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2007 Lincoln Navigator   23 Navigators, 9.2 months of data per Navigator, average 97800 miles

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2006 Ford Explorer 26 Explorers, 8.8 months of data per Explorer, average 105000 miles

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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Lincoln Navigator   12 Navigators, 6.8 months of data per Navigator, average 90300 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer   12 Explorers, 10.1 months of data per Explorer, average 109700 miles

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2005 Lincoln Navigator   12 Navigators, 9.5 months of data per Navigator, average 105100 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer 25 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 112700 miles

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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Lincoln Navigator   15 Navigators, 8.9 months of data per Navigator, average 123200 miles

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2003 Ford Explorer   16 Explorers, 7.4 months of data per Explorer, average 142400 miles

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2003 Lincoln Navigator   18 Navigators, 8.7 months of data per Navigator, average 130400 miles

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2002 Ford Explorer 27 Explorers, 7.9 months of data per Explorer, average 136400 miles

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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2001 Ford Explorer   12 Explorers, 7.9 months of data per Explorer, average 159700 miles

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2000 Ford Explorer   10 Explorers, 8.9 months of data per Explorer, average 189400 miles

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1999 Lincoln Navigator   10 Navigators, 7.5 months of data per Navigator, average 161300 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
 

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.