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Ford Explorer Transmission Problems and Repair Histories

733 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Ford Explorer. 139 of these members (19%) have reported transmission and drivetrain repairs for their car. A total of 121 transmission and drivetrain repairs to Ford Explorers--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Ford Explorer problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Ford Explorer problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Ford Explorer problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

25% of the Ford Explorer repairs were to the engine, 14% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 19% to the suspension, 23% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 841 repairs.

Ford Explorer transmission and drivetrain repair cost distribution

Of the Ford Explorer transmission and drivetrain repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 8% cost less than $100, 32% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 23% between $1000 and $2499, and 17% more than $2500.

Chart based on 115 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Ford Explorer Transmission and Drivetrain problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 11000    
12000 0 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 0 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. 
46000  
Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 30000    
31000 0 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

Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 24000    
25000 0 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 0 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. 
66000  

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 20000    
21000 0 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. 
45000  

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
660 Front pinion seal leak; Power window (rear) drive/switch replacement. Covered by ESP. 
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 100 Shifter was difficult to place in park after driving; TSB addressed the problem, part repaired. 
170000  

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2003 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 38000    
39000 0 front end boot 
 

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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

Ford Explorer in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 69000    
70000 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

Ford Explorer in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 rear seal on rear differential 
0 rear seal on transfer case leak 
0 Rear seal on differential leak 
250 rear seal on differential leak 
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 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 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 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

Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 110000    
112000 2500 transmission failed all sensors and torque converter 
 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

Ford Explorer in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2008 166000    
175000 0 Transmission is begining to slip badly. Not worth repairing. Purchased a new vehicle. 
 

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