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Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (23%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (16%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (5%)

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Ford Explorer transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (20%)

$1000 - $2499 (23%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 142 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

12000 mi Common problem with Explorers with 6 speed transmission where transmission downshifts from 2 to 1 harsh when coming to a stop. Service bulleting was issued in November that reprogrammed the transmission and e-learned new shift strategy. 
15000 mi Two problems fixed; 1. Occasionally difficult to shift from park. Gear selector lever was replaced. 2. Ping or Click noise when reversing and going back to forward. Problem was found in right rear driveshaft, which was replaced. 
31000 mi Transmission would kick when shifting into first when comming to a stop. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

25000 mi Truck was at dealer for late engagement of shift into 1st gear from a stop and a bump feeling when coming to a stop. TSB 07-23-2 was performed. Truck still has same symptoms. Ford tech being contacted by dealer. Customer waits for answers. 
26000 mi Continuation of existing problem. TSB has been superceeded by TSB08-3-8. When dealer tried to reflash they received message of latest software installed. Delayed engagement and bump stop still exist. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

21000 mi Selected Transmission/Drivetrain - Difficulty in getting gear shift to engage. 3rd trip to a dealership for this problem. This dealership finally got it right. This time was told that the problem is a 'known problem' at Ford but no recall. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

43623 mi

US $660
Front pinion seal leak; Power window (rear) drive/switch replacement. Covered by ESP. 
66900 mi

US $2000
Rear differential bearings; front sway bar bushings; both front lower ball joints; solenoid pack for the transmission. Covered under ESP plan, $2k was quoted cost w/o plan. 
72000 mi

US $100
Shifter was difficult to place in park after driving; TSB addressed the problem, part repaired. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

39000 mi front end boot 

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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

70000 mi

US $3000
Third gear clusters out on 5-speed automatic transmission. Common occurance on 2002 Explorers with this particulr transmission. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

32000 mi rear seal on rear differential 
2400 mi rear seal on transfer case leak 
35000 mi Rear seal on differential leak 
52000 mi

US $250
rear seal on differential leak 
72000 mi

US $1250
Rear seal on differential leak, noise in rear end. Replaced the bearings in the rear, brakes also and the seal AGAIN!!! Drove home much quieter. Have had a grinding noise in the engine when cold for about 40000 miles, according to forums it's a timi 
76000 mi

US $1200
Replaced clutch in rear differential. complained about cruise control, everything checked out and dealer said he couldn't repair it. Still doesn't work 
89000 mi

US $500
Rear end howling. Was told by dealer couldn't be fixed. It's a factory defect problem and I ended up shimming the pinion in the rear end myself. 
92000 mi

US $100
Replaced the rear differential oil in an attempt to shut up the rear end which failed. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

112000 mi

US $2500
transmission failed all sensors and torque converter 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

175000 mi Transmission is begining to slip badly. Not worth repairing. Purchased a new vehicle. 

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Ford Explorer Transmission Problems

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