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Ford Explorer vs. Lincoln Navigator Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 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 Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Ford Explorer 26
43.1677018634% 43.1677018634% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 Explorers, 10.5 months of data per Explorer, average 13000 miles

 

2014 Ford Explorer 33
54% 54% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 Explorers, 10.9 months of data per Explorer, average 24300 miles

 

2013 Ford Explorer 37
49.0476190476% 49.0476190476% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Explorers, 9.4 months of data per Explorer, average 41400 miles

 

2012 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Explorers, 10.5 months of data per Explorer, average 50300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2011 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Explorers, 10.1 months of data per Explorer, average 70900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2010 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Explorers, 8.7 months of data per Explorer, average 56100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Explorers, 9.1 months of data per Explorer, average 79200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 Lincoln Navigator   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Navigators, 10.2 months of data per Navigator, average 101400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Explorers, 7.3 months of data per Explorer, average 123700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Lincoln Navigator   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Navigators, 8.7 months of data per Navigator, average 112900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Explorers, 9.8 months of data per Explorer, average 117400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Lincoln Navigator   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Navigators, 7.1 months of data per Navigator, average 90800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Explorers, 8.1 months of data per Explorer, average 129700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Lincoln Navigator   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Navigators, 7.7 months of data per Navigator, average 127700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Explorers, 6.2 months of data per Explorer, average 123500 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2004 Lincoln Navigator   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Navigators, 6.7 months of data per Navigator, average 124200 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Explorers, 7.5 months of data per Explorer, average 152600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2003 Lincoln Navigator   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Navigators, 7.7 months of data per Navigator, average 126900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2002 Ford Explorer 72
31.3186813187% 31.3186813187% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 Explorers, 7.3 months of data per Explorer, average 138600 miles

Redesigned.

 

2001 Ford Explorer   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Explorers, 9.6 months of data per Explorer, average 173100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Ford Explorer vs. Lincoln Navigator Reliability Comparisons

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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.