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2008 Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (24%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (19%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 63 repairs.
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2008 Ford Explorer repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (40%)

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Chart based on 57 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic AWD

Ford Explorer in Michigan, United States
Jul 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

28000 mi

US $227
Vanity mirror hinged covers on both sun visors broke which caused the vanity mirror lights to stay on. 
Oct 2013

45300 mi

US $397
Dealer notified us during maintenance visit that tie rod ends needed to be repaired. They replaced both but only one was worn because the boot was torn. 
Mar 2014

49000 mi

US $509
Excessive noise coming from front of engine. 2 idler pulleys were replaced. Bearings worn. Ignition key cylinder replaced. Key was very loose and memory seat did not always move into position when key was put in. 
Apr 2014

49200 mi

US $462
Rear windshield wiper stopped working. 
Jul 2017

70700 mi

US $320
Rear wheel bearing making a loud noise at highway speeds. 
Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2015
Dec 2010

32000 mi
broken hinge on drivers side vanity mirror. 
Aug 2011

36700 mi

US $150
Ignition Switch was bad causing the interior lights to stay on/come on. 
Nov 2011

39000 mi
drivers side exhaust manifold studs broken (2). loud ticking/putt putt sound during cold start 
Jun 2012

43000 mi

US $495
replaced right front wheel bearings/hub right front wheel bearings/hub replaced 
Ford Explorer in Ohio, United States
Mar 2014 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

115700 mi

US $250
Map light and interior lights did not work, Repair was not completed - not economical to fix 
Dec 2015

122000 mi
Interior lights never fixed. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Illinois, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2018
Dec 2013

97000 mi

US $120
Passenger was blowing cold air instead of heat. Blender actuator on that side was replaced in 30 minutes. 
Apr 2017

124000 mi

US $670
Car would lurch/buck at highway speed. Analysis scope revealed problem with #1&7 spark plugs. They installed all new plugs and problem got worse. Replaced all the coils and problem was fixed. 
Ford Explorer in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2010 - Nov 2012
Dec 2010

34000 mi
The rims on the car were corroding. 4 new rims and sensor bands were ordered and installed on the next visit. 
Dec 2011

45000 mi

US $150
Moaning from front end, both front wheel bearings needed to be replaced. 
Jun 2012

48000 mi
Front Driver axle seal was leaking. The dealer replaced the seal. 
Jul 2012

48300 mi
Ticking sound from right side of engine. The Exhaust manifold was replaced and 3 broken exhaust manifold studs had to be extracted and replaced. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Ford Explorer in Oklahoma, United States
May 2013 - Apr 2017
Jun 2013

80000 mi

US $1844
Transmission started to get a pronounced bang when shifting into reverse. It had a hesitation also when shifting into reverse. Total rebuild job. All parts that were worn out replaced. Found out it was due to design flaws from factory. 
Jul 2013

80700 mi

US $600
Front left bearing wore out, replaced brake pads, rotors resurfaced. Replaced both front bearings.  Also, thermostat housing O ring wore out, replaced entire assembly. I will not buy another American brand of vehicle! 
Dec 2015

107000 mi

US $358
Had to have solenoid pack replaced (again), after rebuild job 2 years ago. Water from ac condensation dripping down on wire terminal caused corrosion to short wires thus sending wrong signal to tranny telling it to shift when not suppose to. 
Ford Explorer in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

35000 mi
Ignition switch had to be replaced. Vehicle has automatic seat reverse when key turned off. This started happening when going over a bump in the road. very dangerous. Ignition switch had to be replaced. Vehicle has automatic seat reverse when key turned off. This started happening when going over a bump in the road. very dangerous. 
Ford Explorer in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

48000 mi

US $582
Replaced ignition cylinder 3 times in 1 year because key would not turn. Repair shop (Ford dealer) was advised that if this is a recurring problem the lock housing should be replaced. They replaced the lock housing. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Ford Explorer in Michigan, United States
Jun 2011 - Aug 2014
Aug 2012

41200 mi

US $159
Leaking front axle seal. Replaced seal at local transmission shop. Topped off fluid. 
Jan 2013

39800 mi

US $99
found front cover leaking, remove cover, reseal with RTV and re-check for leak and refill differential. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Jan 2014
Sep 2013

74000 mi

US $500
had to replace the transmission 
Ford Explorer in Virginia, United States
Jun 2017 - Apr 2018
Oct 2017

50000 mi

US $300
Transmission Flush, filter replacement, and oil change. 
Ford Explorer in New York, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Oct 2013

44000 mi

US $108
Front Passenger Wheel Bearing 
Dec 2015

89000 mi

US $50
Blend damper modulator on heating and cooling system 
Ford Explorer in Wisconsin, United States
Dec 2014 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

US $1200
wheel hubs with sensors brakes pads and calipers 
Ford Explorer in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2014 - Oct 2016
Aug 2014

109500 mi

US $1500
The pcm was bad and needed to be replaced. It a few month to get this part. 
Sep 2014

111000 mi

US $685
Noise in driver front wheel bearing. Dealer said that it could driven for anther month or so. Had the repair done that day anyway. 
Ford Explorer in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2013 - Mar 2015
Aug 2014

137900 mi

US $550
Radio did not switch off when keys were removed from the ignition thus discharging the battery. 
Ford Explorer in New Jersey, United States
- Nov 2009
Jun 2009

8000 mi
TSB for rear brake rattle, dealer replaced rear brakes 
Nov 2009

13000 mi
Water leak in rear of truck, repair crack in body seam. Water leak behind third brake light, replace third brake light. 
Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2015
Sep 2013

55000 mi
Gas filler replacement! 
Oct 2014

72000 mi

US $245
replaced left front wheel bearing 
Ford Explorer in Iraq
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

8990 mi

$25
The (Service RSC Now)warning came back again, the dealership checked it and this time they said its the YAW sensor, they ordered it; they told me this is covered by the warranty. i supposed to get it in 2 weeks(2 weeks ago) 
Dec 2010

15500 mi

$105
The vehicle was losing power, transmission was changing was rough. transmission was reprogrammed, fuel filter and spark plugs were replaced. 
Ford Explorer in Kentucky, United States
Aug 2010 - Nov 2011
Aug 2011

88300 mi

US $620
Both Front Wheel Bearing Hubs replaced. 
Ford Explorer in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2009 - Jun 2018
Mar 2009

17050 mi
Driver side power running board faulty, would not retract. Error message on display saying "Driver door ajar". Door switch replaced under warranty. 
Nov 2010

32240 mi
Power Runnung board stopped working when door opened and closed. 
Nov 2013

58560 mi
Front wheel bearing noise, due to premature wear. 
Sep 2015

86800 mi

C $1000
Not sure of exact part. 
Feb 2016

94060 mi

C $800
Heater core malfunction 
Jun 2017

118420 mi

C $300
Replaced defective auto running boards with universal steps 
Ford Explorer in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

59000 mi
Was told the head gasket is blown. They are currently replacing it. 
Ford Explorer in Maryland, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

65000 mi
Issue with Sirius working within steering wheel (had been checked 2x previously malice finally ordered a new part and repaired the problem. No further issues. 
Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2018
Dec 2014

54000 mi

US $100
The front differential began to make noise. A bad bearing from the factory that just showed up. There was grease in the pumpkin. Grease changed, additives added, noise the same. Ultimately will have to change out the bearing or swap out end. 
Jan 2015

58300 mi

US $75
Replace trans filter, change oil transfer case and trans.Repair made difficult by Fords none transmission filler on this model. it is very heard to get the fluid in correctly, the special adapter costs $20 at Advanced Auto. What a pain!!!!!! 
Mar 2015

55000 mi

US $450
A factory bearing in the front pumpkin whining/growling. Inspection revealed bearing wear, however the pumpkin was full of grease. Replaced pumpkin with one front the junk yard, changed grease etc. not at all happy with Ford..cheap bearings 
Aug 2016

63100 mi

US $180
Replace four rotors, all brakes, and two calipers. 
Aug 2017

72000 mi

US $40
Replaced the selection motor for interior heating, cooling , fan 
Sep 2017

72000 mi

US $59
Blend door repair. would have been nice if Advanced Auto sold me the right part. The right part number even though I have heat and air to the 3rd row is Dorman 604-209. Don't let then sell you Dorman 604-213 it won't work...there is only one blend door which at the base of the drivers side dash. 
Ford Explorer in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014
Mar 2013

60000 mi
Left front bearing was noisy. Replaced by dealer under 30 day guarantee. U Joint was noisy as well. Rear park assist sensors were intermittent. Dealer replaced wiring harness. Parts ordered during earlier repair trip. 
Ford Explorer in Ohio, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
Feb 2013

97000 mi

US $125
Front Wheel Bearing 
Jun 2014

109000 mi
Had Tires rotated and oil change then 10 days later wheel fell off due to shop error. 

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