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Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (19%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 1573 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the Ford Explorer.

Ford Explorer engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (39%)

< $100 (34%)

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Chart based on 341 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2017 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

18000 mi Oil leak developed after 16,000 miles. The Ford is garaged every day and in the Spring when I had it out of the garage to give it a good cleaning, I noticed oil spots on the garage floor that had been building up. I took it to Brewster Ford, the dealership from which I purchased it, and so far, I've had to bring it back 4 times for the same issue - oil leak. The first time, they said they had to keep it overnight because they needed more time to find the source and I was not able to leave it without a loaner. I brought it back a week later at 7:30am and by 3:30pm that afternoon, they said they had repaired the leak by replacing the rear engine seal. I picked up the vehicle and found it leaking within a few days. I brought the Ford back a 3rd time. This time they kept it over night and said they had replaced the oil pan gasket sealant as well as the turbo seal. The vehicle started leaking again within a few days. Last week, I brought it back for the 4th time and now they're telling me that they've had to open a case with Ford to request technical assistance from the engineering group. They said they located the leak and it's not horrible, but that it shouldn't be happening [no kidding]. I don't know what the problem is and neither does the dealership apparently. Still waiting to hear what's going to happen with my new vehicle. I'll never buy another Ford again based on this experience. I think it's a combination of having to deal with a dealership that should have located the source early - why has it taken them this long to finally open a case with Ford? In speaking with the Regional Customer Service Manager, there could be a crack in the block causing the leak and they'll have to replace the engine, but I don't want the vehicle anymore because there may be more issues down the road. I paid $50k for this vehicle, brand new in July, 2016 and shouldn't be having an issue like this so early on. Very disappointed. 

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2017 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 280hp 2.3L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

25000 mi underbody shield rattle repaired 

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2017 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

17360 mi Recall for potential CO leak 

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2016 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

10700 mi Replaced throttle body 

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2016 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

fuel economy in the city was 2x worse than advertised, almost 26L/100KM 

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2016 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 280hp 2.3L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

72000 mi

US $100
Replace Water Pump - beginning to leak. 

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2016 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

15000 mi Heat stopped working. They found no coolant so added coolant. 
16200 mi Coolant was low again. Found heater core was leaking so they replaced the heater core. 
20000 mi Throttle control module. Dealership indicated 2016 Explorers have this problem frequently. Coincidentally a recall notice for the problem was received just a few days later. 

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2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

71300 mi

C $250
Replace belt tensioner / pulley and belt. 
84320 mi

C $1500
Replace cracked oiling feed tube to inboard turbocharger. Had to drop engine cradle from vehicle. 

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2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

43000 mi

US $300
Purge valve in fuel system was stuck ope causing check engine light. 

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2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

68000 mi

US $240
Noisy belt tensioner replaced 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

27000 mi Leaking Fuel Injector in #2. Replacement of Injector requires replacement of fuel line which took 8 weeks to get. 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

66227 mi

US $802
Oil pressure sending unit found to be leaking and replaced. 
54000 mi

US $351
Emmisions Issue 
11200 mi Drops of oil noticed once in awhile. Started to be more frequent. Found nothing. Oil still leaking previous repair they could find anything . 
22000 mi Something I should wrong w thing vehicle but shop is unable to determine what . Not driving right . I attempt to accelerate the vehicle either seems to lose power or doesn’t shift to next gear . 
22000 mi I reported same issue as feb . Plus other I was attempting to make a turn from a stop I pressed gas and the vehicle didn’t hardly move . Full system check mechanic manager told me it was miss firing 2 of the 6 cylinders running on 4 cyclinders . Contacted Manufacturers ford said it was within specs . 
30000 mi Acceleration problem again. Nothing was done could note replicate . 
30000 mi Same issue as reported all year . The vehicle doesn’t excellerate properly . When attempting to pass another car I press the gas and I do not go faster . I took car in when it was happening they hooked the computer t9 it and said it did throw some codes . I asked they said it was a sub computer not talking* to main computer . Was told it was running at 16000 Rpms . Didn’t do anything to corr3ct just said the report said it had at one time through the code nothing was happening now couldn’t duplicate . Car has been in shop total of 8 times with 6 being for same issue that nothing is wrong . 
10000 mi Exhaust entering cabin under hard acceleration. 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

3000 mi While idling in a parking lot, got "high coolant temp, low oil pressure, 4wd system failure, stability system failure" and other errors. After shutting off, vehicle would not start. After resting for 15 minutes, vehicle finally restarted. 
8000 mi Belt noise was getting loud. I showed the dealer the noise when I pulled in. 2 days later, it mysteriously wasn't making the noise any more and the dealer "did nothing." It still makes the noise on really rainy days. 
28000 mi Oil leak from timing chain cover. 
19600 mi Exhaust fumes entering vehicle on hard acceleration. Fumes are now better but problem not eliminated 
36000 mi Exhaust fumes were leaking into the cabin of the car. Ford proposed a $600 fix, but when I googled the problem, I found it to be widespread and apparently the $600 fix does not work. Therefore, we traded the car. 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

1000 mi Engine began misfiring. Dealer determined one fuel rail was defective due to manufacturing defect. 
103997 mi

US $2198
Timing chain 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

71300 mi

C $550
Exhaust 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

38000 mi Vehicle was sucking exhaust into the cabin. Some places were sealed up but did not work. 
22000 mi This was a recall that we had addressed - a coupler on a fuel line at the fuel tank had to be replaced due to leakage. 
48000 mi Faint burning smell in car if engine exceeds 4000 RPM. Dealer are unable to find the cause. Replaced cabin filters. Problem ongoing. 
69000 mi

US $245
Replaced EVAP Purge valve 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

66340 mi

C $150
Vehicle started overheating out of nowhere. After a short drive (30 minutes), even in cold December weather the temperature gauge climbed to the red zone. Had to be towed to Ford, who ended up replacing the water pump. Covered under extended Ford ESP with only deductible paid. 
71920 mi

C $40
P1450 code. Manually tested EVAP purge valve and noticed it was stuck open. Replaced EVAP purge valve at home. 
53238 mi

US $83
Replaced tensioner. 99$ Belt 33.88$ Found SERP belt tensioner making noise 
58011 mi

US $1666
Check engine light Code p1450 Defective purge valve Diagnosis of check engine light Labor fee for check engine light 3 part complete fuel system service 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

97000 mi

US $61
Replaced spark plugs due to misfire. Also replaced intake gasket and pcv valve. Had to remove the upper intake to get to rear plugs so decided to replace the gasket and pcv valve as a preventative measure.  

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

7000 mi Check engine 
53000 mi

US $2200
Waste gate failed on the turbo. Had to replace the entire turbo assembly. Primary fuel pump failed. Had to replace the fuel pump. 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

33000 mi Oil being sucked from valve cover to intake tube 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

25000 mi

US $700
Pcv valve starting to fail 

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2011 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

13000 mi Electronic cooling fans stopped working cuasing the car to overheat when stopped. Additionally, the air conditioning stopped working directly related to the cooling system. 
1000 mi software update 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

26000 mi car lurches upon acceleration. dealer doesn't know what causes it. 
56380 mi

C $125
Overheated. Engine cooling fan stopped working. Replaced under extended warranty. 
81000 mi

US $100
Oil leaking - updated gasket 
22000 mi leak from cooling system/heater core. Had to remove dash to replace part! 
145000 mi

US $200
Oil pressure sensor failed and was replaced. 
53000 mi

US $45
Ignition was stuck on Saturday; resolved by Ford Roadside assistance. Took to dealer on Monday, 7/14; unable to duplicate or find any issues. Charged for 1/2 hour labor. 
45700 mi

US $300
Bad ignition coil replaced 
2000 mi Car made screeching noise from engine right after ignition. Dealer could not replicate. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

290-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

59000 mi Exhaust fumes present in vehicle after aggressive acceleration. Smell especially noticeable after highway merging. Told even though this was a TSB that this item was related to body panels. $900 quote for repair (Extended wrnty not covered) 
60100 mi Exhaust fumes present in vehicle after aggressive acceleration. Smell especially noticeable after highway merging. Ford covered all but $100 with OoW assistance. 
63000 mi Exhaust in cabin (second trip). 
20000 mi TSB with electrical connector on fan. This repair was during a routine oil change. 
25000 mi

US $130
high water temp warning light on. 
32000 mi

US $700
cooling fan not working 
48000 mi

US $150
Serpentine belt replaced, was squealing and slipping in wet conditions 
196000 mi

US $300
Primary O2 sensors failed. Replaced both upstream O2's and spark plugs while it was apart. 
52000 mi

US $100
Oil leak in front cover. Replaced gasket. 
79000 mi

US $55
Vapor Canister Purge Valve was clogged/dirty. Removed and cleaned to solve the problem, at least for the short term. 
25000 mi Cooling fan replaced 
121000 mi

US $250
Low oil pressure light kept coming on in an Erratic manner. The throttle body was replaced because it was clogged with metal dust build up. 

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2010 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

60000 mi Another typical Ford 4.xL-Series Engine failure - "a blown cylinder" -- Dealership in McKinney/Allen, TX said it was fine less than a year ago. Died today. Dealership saying "it's not a warrantied item. Filing complaints with Ford, BBB, et 

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2010 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

97000 mi

US $1000
Thermostat housing cracked, coolant was leaking. Thermostat housing and thermostat were replaced. 

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2010 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

68500 mi

US $250
Worn serpentine belt 
77300 mi Fuel Filler neck replacement 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic AWD

36700 mi

US $150
Ignition Switch was bad causing the interior lights to stay on/come on. 
39000 mi drivers side exhaust manifold studs broken (2). loud ticking/putt putt sound during cold start 
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. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

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. 
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

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. 
80700 mi

US $600
Also, thermostat housing O ring wore out, replaced entire assembly. I will not buy another American brand of vehicle! 
36000 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. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

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) 
15500 mi

$105
The vehicle was losing power, transmission was changing was rough. transmission was reprogrammed, fuel filter and spark plugs were replaced. 
94060 mi

C $800
Heater core malfunction 
55000 mi Gas filler replacement! 
59000 mi Was told the head gasket is blown. They are currently replacing it. 
109500 mi

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

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

85000 mi

US $2900
Catalytic converter went bad because the Air Sensor went bad. They have had my car for 2 weeks, now they tell me the part is back ordered and will not be shipped for another week. 
142000 mi

US $184
Bad plug 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

91500 mi coil-on-plug (COP) condensate produces misfire of sparkplug. change cop, inspect plug, and replace if necessary. 
135000 mi radiator hose leaking . replaced line going to heater core. htr core itself not affected. bought nearly identical after market part on line for $200 less than OEM dealer replacement. put it in myself. will take a couple hours if you are not tool handy. also need to take off front wheel and cowling to get best access. after that easy install. 
74000 mi high speed miss that comes and goes. repair shop said coil on plug issue but cannot tell which one because no warning light said to wait until part fails completely which should turn on warning light. 
98300 mi

US $300
Radiator leaking at seam between plastic tank and aluminum, top drivers side. Replaced radiator and refilled with G-05 coolant. 
108000 mi

US $270
Y-Pipe on heater hose split to rear heating unit has a slow leak. Coolant was not visible on ground, but could be smelled and left residue. Replaced with part from Ford that cost $240 from the dealership due to hose deterioration. 
113000 mi

US $45
Coil Pack Cylinder #1 Failing causing misfires. Replaced. 
115500 mi

US $2000
2 broken studs on both exhaust manifolds and warped manifolds. Studs, manifolds, and gaskets replaced. 
77000 mi

US $358
5 bad ignition coils out of 8. I replaced all 8. 
159000 mi

US $450
Water pump worn out, leaking. Pin holes in the radiator, part worn out. 
1835000 mi

US $600
Engine was running rough due to worn out spark plugs. They were the original spark plugs and needed to be replaced. The plugs were replaced and my car runs great! 
118000 mi Head gasket failed, causing coolant to leak into engine 
68820 mi

C $560
Full tune up 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

29000 mi

US $50
Low on antifreeze. Checked for leaks and found none. Flushed cooling system and put in new antifreeze. 
35000 mi engine dampner fell off - covered under warranty.  Radiator is bad - not covered under warranty. 
54000 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing gasket failed. The part failed close to home and was able to repair in my garage. Would not have been able to drive for another week. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

125600 mi

US $900
Dealer replaced the ignition switch and tumbler. When vehicle was turned off but key left in the accessory position - touching the key resulted in the drivers seat moving out of position as if the key had been removed. 
123500 mi

US $300
Thermostat housing developed a slow leak. OEM part is made of PLASTIC! Repair takes about an hour. Replacement part I bought is made of metal - replacing the lower portion now and will reuse the plastic upper for now. 
97000 mi

US $375
housing over thermostat cracked allowing slow leak of coolant 
56000 mi

US $125
Coolant leak at the thermostat. Replaced gasket and fixed the coolant leak. 
53300 mi

US $250
thermostat replaced 
67000 mi

US $2200
Brackets rusted on converter 
55180 mi coolant temperature sensor O ring leaking, O ring replaced 
131980 mi

US $125
Thermostat housing leaking, replaced housing, thermostat and temperature sensor 
34100 mi Engine wiring harness replaced. 

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2006 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

161000 mi

US $450
Engine overheating due to leaking tee coupler from radiator to heater core. Ford will no sell just the tee, you have to buy the complete hose assmebly. 
171000 mi

US $475
Bad Fuel Mileage and lack of power. Oiled Changed, Fuel Filter Changed and Spark Plugs Changed. (First time the plugs were changed) RUNS OK NOW. 
178000 mi

US $2300
Spark Plugs Replaced 
102000 mi

US $6
Radiator was leaking. Flushed it and refilled, then added some Bar's Leaks Pelletized Stop Leak, and it fixed the leak. 
140000 mi

US $215
Fan clutch was slipping - replaced (easy). Radiator was leaking - replaced with an aftermarket radiator. 
144200 mi

US $9
Had to replace the thermostat. 
50000 mi

US $100
Performed TSB for known transmission issue when shifting from 2nd to 1st. 
35000 mi

US $18
Found radiator having a slow leak. Inserted Bars Leak Stop tablets into radiator and filled overflow reservoir with new coolant. Leak is now stopped but most likely this is a temporary fix. 
50000 mi

US $4
Slow leak on radiator. Added Bars radiator stop leak and it stopped the leak. 
53000 mi

US $100
Coolant leak from radiator top left corner. (Previous fix by leak stop products were no longer able to fix it.) Radiator replaced. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

138000 mi

US $120
Y pipe replacement due to leak 
65000 mi

US $100
Noticed coolant leak in parking lot after vehicle was parked about an hour. Took to dealer who diagnosed as bad radiator, replaced same plus trans cooler line broken in radiator removal process. 
79700 mi

US $85
Check Engine light on. Engine running rough. Code was P0303. Replaced #3 coil on plug assy. Problem solved. 
93700 mi

US $150
Car would miss and buck during acceleration. Dealer diagnosed 2 bad coil on plugs and replaced them. 
110500 mi

US $70
Check engine light on repl coil on plug assy 
113000 mi

US $65
Check engine light on. repl coil on plug for cyl. 7. 
45000 mi

US $50
Car was leaking (minor) in the driveway. Appeared to be radiator fluid. CarMax stated the radiator was leaking and new radiator needed. Replaced for $650, but with extended warranty I only paid $50. Not fixed satisfactorily. Car continued to leak radiator fluid. Took back to CarMax, and they tightened all fittings, stated they thought is was transmission fluid, as that circulates through the radiator also. Ran the car in the shop for 1/2 hour, but still leaks 
46300 mi

US $50
Coolant leak was finally tracked to a valve/fitting under the car (around the location of the front passenger seat), whereby coolant leaked onto my driveway. After having the car into CarMax twice before, it is now fixed. 
79000 mi

US $350
Check engine light came on. Was a leaking gasket on the fuel system (around the gas tank), which was allowing gas vapor to escape. New gasket needed. 
94000 mi

US $900
Exhaust manifold cracked and needed replacement. 
28000 mi Reflash ECM and TCM and problem is solved for now. 
36000 mi Hard shifts when cold - reflash of transmission cured it. 
83080 mi

C $101
Bad misfire in Cyl 8, coil and plug removed, coil boot badly cracked and corroded, plug badly fouled. 
210 mi lifter stuck in engine when bought new and not discovered by dealer until brought back in 
77400 mi

US $980
Replaced spark plugs 
92000 mi

US $220
Thermostat was sticking 
14000 mi Rough downshift into 1st, either while stopping, or while accelerating. 
123000 mi

US $977
left exhaust manifold replaced. 
164000 mi

US $600
replaced eng. cooling system thermostat 
165200 mi Replaced heater hose assmby 6L2Z 18C553 C. $342 parts. plus labor. 
172000 mi

US $400
replaced water pump 
25000 mi Engine would idle rough. Ford replaced throttle body and motor assembly. Slow leak from radiator. Service shop found leak from hose under radiator.  
744 mi Shifting problem from 2nd to 3rd and downshift from 3rd o 2nd, also 2nd to 1st downshift - was very harsh. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

74400 mi

US $550
Vehicle gave a loud "WHOOSHING" noise when gas pedal pressed and had no working heat. Noticed coolant tank was empty and radiator fluid low. When refilled, the radiator began leaking slowly then profusely. Radiator was replaced. 
73000 mi

US $600
Thermostat housing cracked causing leaks 
92300 mi

US $1500
Radiator failure, barely made it a mile to the garage. Radiator replaced. This is the 2nd radiator I have had to have replaced. 
109000 mi

US $1100
Thermostat housing cracked (2nd time) 
138000 mi

US $650
Jet Engine Noise, coolant smell, losing coolant - Thermostat housing replaced 
136000 mi

US $350
Replaced Spark plugs, spark plug wires. 
125700 mi

US $90
The EGR valve went bad, car would turn off or sputter. I replaced the EGR valve. 
137600 mi

US $500
Oil leak, replaced seal and gasket. 
16000 mi Factory Warranty repair-issue not resolved. Gear shift lock will not release when brake depressed. 2 visits to same dealership; problem not yet resolved. Escalating issue through warranty company. 
124000 mi

US $150
wet spark plugs 
64000 mi Engine cooling system (radiator, water pump, thermostat, heater core, etc.), repair 
75000 mi

US $235
connection parts on radiator needed to be replaced, they were leaking. 
94000 mi

US $1000
Crack in piece where you put oil in the engine causing oil to leak. Thermostat needed to be replaced. 
121000 mi leaking coolant. 
124000 mi Leaking coolant 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

40000 mi

US $580
Radiator leak at 40000 miles. waited for radiator because Ford didn't have any and neither did radiator shop. Ford was out, this tells you they have a problem w/ radiators. there should be a recall. 
35000 mi Radiator was replaced due to small leak. Radiator was replaced under warranty due to a leak 
84500 mi

US $800
Radiator was leaking and had to be replaced, 2nd time this issue has occurred. 
93000 mi

US $400
Thermostat housing cracked, needed to be replaced. 
98000 mi

US $270
Reflashed ecu to make the engine run cooler 
105000 mi

US $4900
Engine had no compression in cylinder #4 due to broken time chain tensioner, replaced with remanufactured engine. 
152000 mi Quick disconnect for trans cooler lines at radiator leaking. Shop had to engineer parts for repair, so a new $1000 radiator would not have to be done. Milled the connector and added 3/8npt fitting with trans hose jumper. No mare leaks seen. 
108200 mi

US $95
Thermostat housing split again... second one within 2 months 
131000 mi

US $3700
jumped timing, blew engine 
12400 mi

¤500
While going off road, broke the hose of the tranny cooler and thus leaking tranny fluid. Had to replace the whole of the radiator/tranny cooler. Disappointed with the positioning of the hoses of the tranny. Tranny cooler should have been a sep unit 
35960 mi A drop in coolant level was noticed and duly informed to the service center. After troubleshooting, a leak in th radiator was found. There is a TSB regarding this and the radiator was replaced free of charge. 
72980 mi

C $750
Thermestat housing crack causing coolant to leak. Issue found before any other damage could occur to engine, no overheating occurred. 
112840 mi

C $150
Replaced egr valve 
102100 mi

US $200
3 weeks later took it to local repair. Found 3 bad plugs on left side. Fixed. Runs great now. 
40000 mi

US $300
broken radiator 
40000 mi

US $100
ignition coil malfunction faulty EVAP solenoid and canister; car sold with this unrepaired 
110000 mi

US $2900
New radiator, fuel line repair. 
80000 mi

US $1000
Replaced Radiator 

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2005 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

89000 mi

US $5600
Engine timing chain broke. Not happy! 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

125000 mi

US $300
replace coil and injector and plug 
148500 mi

US $50
tapped and re-thread sparkplug "socket" in #3 cylinder after sparkplug blew out while driving 
160000 mi

US $600
Catalytic converter disintegrated and clogged requiring replacement of y-pipe that includes 3 converters. Also replaced o2 sensors as insurance against future removal. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

12150 mi Small amount of oil leaking on garage floor under vehicle. Crack in housing of transfer case; replaced under warranty. 
109500 mi

US $10
Replaced thermostat 
210000 mi

US $500
Replaced timing chains Replaced ignition coils 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

86000 mi

US $300
Replaced leaking radiator 
96000 mi

US $550
Coolant inlet fitting contains (or is made of)plastic which failed. 
59200 mi

C $175
Fan belt squeeked. Needed to replace belt and tension adjuster 
122140 mi

C $450
Cat Converter 
52000 mi

US $200
EGR valve was replaced due to computer sensor problem. A previous design where there are two chips and the EGR valve would have worked just as well and been cheaper to repair by at least a $120.00. Ford does not have a better idea. 
68000 mi

US $500
new fuel pump and filter. 
42000 mi replaced fuel pump and gauge assembly - repaired under extended warranty 
73900 mi

US $120
thermostat replaced 
86000 mi

US $400
fuel injection clog  
53000 mi

US $138
leaking radiator 
61000 mi

US $160
Thermostat housing cracked open at seam 
70000 mi

US $850
Split radiator 
96400 mi

US $560
Replaced radiator. Slow leak at the tank seam. 
109700 mi Replaced leaking radiator 
60000 mi

US $700
Vehicle went in for 60k maint. Discovered leaking water pump - warranty repair.  
68000 mi

US $40
Replaced belt tensioner and idler pulley 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

118000 mi

US $2200
Oil filter adapter gasket leaking. 
112000 mi

US $300
Leak in cooling system 
106000 mi

US $30
EGR value was bad and had to be replaced 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

189300 mi

US $175
New oil filter housing 
161 mi

US $35
Replaced two failed idler pullies 
176000 mi

US $10
Oil filter housing gasket 
124000 mi

US $185
Replace 2 fan belt idler pulleys 
93000 mi

US $500
Cat back exhaust 
88040 mi

C $718
Short in wire harness leading to fuel pump. Harness cost $28 CDN. Remaining cost, diagnoses and labour. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

164000 mi

US $160
Overheating. Replaced water pump and thermostat. 
85100 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing cracked. Replace housing. 
93000 mi

US $20
Fuel Pump Relay had to be replaced. 
95000 mi

US $5300
The car was shaking at idle. 
70000 mi

US $200
THERMOSTAT HOUSING LEAKED  

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

64000 mi Then engine idle was very rough, diagnosed as failure of manifold gaskets, common for this year of truck. 
61400 mi

US $200
replaced intake manifold twice under warranty with $100 per visit 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

114000 mi

US $60
Rough idle and hesitation. Replaced ignition wires 
120000 mi

US $115
Replaced serpentine belt, idler pulley and belt tensioner. 
192000 mi

US $350
Exhaust resonator had a hole making noises when engine was run. Due to vehicle age complete exhaust system replaced aft of catalytic converter 
196000 mi

US $200
Check engine light with P2106 and P2135. Reset and issue came back with stalling and other codes related to Throttle Body Actuator and Throttle position sensor. Replaced Throttle Body with aftermarket part. P2106 and P2135 codes came back. Replaced Throttle Position Sensor with Motorcraft part. Issue resolved. 
200000 mi

US $95
P0401 code. EGR insufficient flow. Replaced EGR valve 
65000 mi

US $15
replaced plugs replaced upper radiator hose...it was swelled in two places. 
57500 mi

US $25
In line Heater valve not opening fully. Some heat but not much. Replace heater valve, flush out heater core, top off anti freeze. 
140000 mi

US $180
Radiator leaked and had to replace. 
86500 mi Emission system was causing rough transmission shifting. system cleaned and trouble went away. 
158800 mi

US $68
Thermostat housing was leaking and ultimately was replaced 
80000 mi Needed a new exhaust system (or at least some new pipes/clamps). 
80000 mi

US $100
Oxygen sensor at the back of the catalytic converter had to be replaced 
78700 mi

US $290
Replace serpentine belt and pulley tensioner kit 
98000 mi

US $1300
Replaced thermostat body to correct coolant leak 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic AWD

94000 mi

US $302
air sensor 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

188000 mi

US $4500
One of the bearings disintegrated while towing. Engine is a complete loss. 
77000 mi

US $80
Idle air control valve replaced to correct rough idle 
88000 mi

US $170
#3 fuel injector failed and was replaced. Spark plugs also replaced. 
109000 mi

US $190
Failed tensioner pulley bearings 
112300 mi

US $550
#3 spark plug shot out of head after threads in head failed. Destroyed #3 coil pack when it happened. Apparently a common problem in 4.6L Triton engine. 
44000 mi

US $160
Broken heat shield on front transfer case. 
93000 mi

US $200
Replaced all 8 ignition coils and spark plugs. 
137020 mi

A $275
Slow leak in radiator plug. Can wait. 
42000 mi

US $210
DPFE - EGR Pressure Sensor IAC - Idle Air Control Sensor both replaced at same time 
154380 mi

C $200
New ignition on the steering column since the old one came out with the key 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

199000 mi

US $250
There was an engine code that the temperature was not getting to optimal conditions. It ran fine, in fact it's been like that for over a year, but the problem turned out to be the thermostat. While I had a day off, I replaced the spark plugs and wires, air filter and the cruise control switch. 
151000 mi

US $70
Plastic part connecting radiator hose to engine failed. 
151700 mi

US $100
leaking water pump 
178000 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing cracked leaked coolant. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

135000 mi

US $2000
oil pump broke, engine seized. replaced with used engine. 90 day warranty. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

199000 mi

US $125
Exhaust replaced 
118420 mi

C $450
Check Engine Light came on. Driver side Oxygen sensor needed to be replace. 
154600 mi

US $250
P0301 CODE REGULARLY SENT, NO RESOLUTION 
165800 mi

US $150
Thermostat housing cracked 
170000 mi

US $630
Exhaust noise, needed new muffler P0301 code still active 
173000 mi

US $200
P0301 code still active, replaced intake gasket and bolts. 
187000 mi

US $499
Timing chain issue diagnosed with rear chain. $3500 to repair. No repair made. 
92000 mi

US $400
The truck overheated while pulling a trailer. Replaced water pump and thermostat housing (that melted from the heat) 
63000 mi

US $110
Re-flash computer to resolve surging on deceleration/coast. 
149000 mi Timing chain is going out and rattling - engine needs to be replaced 
146000 mi

US $10
PCV valve 
186000 mi

US $750
Failed water pump 
157400 mi

US $650
Thermostat housing was leaking. Flush coolant, replaced thermostat housing and refilled. 
171000 mi Thermostat stuck open. Vehicle wouldn't reach operating temperature. 

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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

60000 mi

US $25
valve cover seal replaced, leaking oil. 
138000 mi

US $1000
Head Gasket leaking oil. Transmission had to be removed to repair. Made it far more costly. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

109000 mi

US $250
Vehicle would not idle when cold, Idle Air Control (IAC) valve replaced. 
122000 mi

US $800
Intake manifold was leaking coolant at the thermostat housing, needed to be replaced CEL was on, gas cap needed to be replaced 
126000 mi

US $110
CEL light on, shop indicated gas cap was bad after testing emissions system. 2nd time gas cap had to be replaced in 6 months! 
129000 mi

US $150
Bypass hose in the back of the engine split, had to be replaced 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

67000 mi

US $965
Owner detected tapping noise under left side valve cover cylinder # 6. Dealer diagnosed and replaced lash adjusters, follower and installed new valve cover. The problem is back within less than 1 week so the vehicle is going back in. 
68000 mi After multiple trips back to the dealership, the noise persists on the left side and now on the right side. Ford Motor Company representative has recommended new cylinder heads be installed which I'm declining to do at this time given the costs. 
75700 mi

US $280
Fixed tapping sound in engine myself by replacing lifters on right side. Took far too much of my time, but couldn't have traded the vehicle otherwise. 
106000 mi

US $603
replaced EGR valve 
116560 mi

C $250
Replace belt tensioner Replace belt tensioner 
115700 mi

US $200
Replaced two idler pulleys. Replaced belt tensioner. 
169260 mi

C $3400
Crankshaft bearing spun - engine seized. Engine replaced with used engine from wreckers. 
185 mi

C $450
Engine misfiring. Replaced all spark plugs. Misfire continued, returned and replaced a coil. Misfire continued, returned a week later and replaced another coil. 
210800 mi

C $350
Replaced #8 ignition coil. 
121825 mi

US $1402
Serpentine belt replaced Warning light - Mass AirFlow Sensor 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

126000 mi

US $85
Cooling system. Thermostat Housing / Water Outlet cracked, coolant leaking. Replaced unit plus thermostat and temperature sensor. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

159800 mi

US $60
Engine ran fine, dropped off kids at school, then it would not start. AAA came an hour later and it started right up. Mechanic could find nothing wrong. This was one year ago. Same situation again today. I will start with the fuel filter. 
74000 mi

US $264
Emission sensor needed replacing. 
105000 mi

US $260
Car stalled out on left turn, shop cleaned throttle bore and plate, IAC motor. Also replaced serpentine belt, lubed lower control arm bushings in the front. Am really afraid this stupid Explorer will stall out again. 
124000 mi

US $2100
4 oil leaks in the car 
20000 mi ignition sensor went bad and brought up the check engine light. Sorry not sure which one it was but it was fixed under warranty 
92000 mi

US $100
Blew out the water pump. Replaced plugs attempting to stop the grinding noise, do this every 10K miles. Replaced the rear differential oil in an attempt to shut up the rear end which failed. Replaced spark plugs to reduce grinding noise caused by timing chain tensioner, every 10K miles. Also add Sea Foam to oil about 100 miles before changing oil. Real fix would replace tensioner. 
162000 mi

US $336
Coolant leak, hoses and valves needed replacement 
163000 mi

US $700
fuel pump died 
173000 mi

US $206
Heater control valve was leaking. Valve was replaced. 
189000 mi

US $1000
Replaced leaking radiator and radiator hoses.  Replaced valve cover gaskets. 
182900 mi

US $350
Radiator blew 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

126500 mi

US $50
antifreeze leaking from seal under thermostat. Bolts tightened, leak stopped. 
174000 mi

US $35
Replaced DPFE sensor; per SES diagnostic code. 
141000 mi

US $900
Failure of fuel control module 
126000 mi

US $450
Valve cover cracked and was leaking oil 
174000 mi

US $150
The pistons had a delay in firing and my husband kept having to fix them one after the other. It is better now 
30000 mi Water pump bearing broke, leaking coolant. Replaced water pump under warranty. 
50000 mi

US $3000
Head gasket blown, cylinder head warped. Took several diagnostics to determine cause of rough idle, hesitation at highway speeds, and check engine lamp. Required new head gasket, spark plugs, and aluminum cylinder head. Reprogrammed PCM (Powertrain C 
166000 mi

US $1400
Timing chains 
78000 mi

US $39
EGR sensor failed 
110800 mi

US $300
New coil pack, plugs and wire. 
207700 mi

US $4000
Had to replace radiator. Likely cause by repair shop replacing Heater Control Valve and dropped broken parts into cooling system 
169000 mi

US $150
There was a crack in the radiator. Was sealed with epoxy material. 
171740 mi

A $2600
Vehicle missing replaced 3 x coils still missing, it is a known fault replaced upper bearings & other parts 
163000 mi

US $75
Replace thermostat. 
125000 mi So I had the transmission repaired, and within 1k miles the engine timing twnsioner broke and killed the engine. I've owned this car since new. I've personally changed the oil and filter every 3k miles. Now I'm stuck with an Explorer with new tires, trans, brakes, the weird part is that there was no notice that car's engine just died. Oil level full and still clean. 
158000 mi

US $500
Leaking thermostat  

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2002 Ford Explorer 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

95000 mi

US $2200
Motor froze. Cause undetermined. Recommended by mechanic to find specialist and replace motor 

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2001 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

150000 mi

US $250
Plastic thermostat and temp sensor housing leaking on SOHC 4.0 liter German engine wirh two timing belt front and back. New thermostat, housing, sensors and fluid replaced. Radiator was one gallon low due to leak. Leak was slow but constant. 
155200 mi Exploxer would not start on a hill facing wirh front pointing down hill and wirh less than 1 / 4 tank of gas. this is a generic problem as the fuel pump is located in the center of a long fuel tank mounted length wise front to back. 

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2001 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

116000 mi

US $108
intermittent juttering low rmps .. dealer said it was number two plug was bad said it would cost 670 to repalce plugs wire and coil.. i declined and replaced myself problems still happening. 
144000 mi

US $200
Replaced upper and lower intake manifold gaskets for 2 codes. Right and Left banks running lean. 

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2000 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

80000 mi Leaking head gasket, burning coolant. Quoted $1500, not worth cost of repair. At least one if not more fuel injectors bad, not cost effective coupled with leaking head gasket. 
110000 mi

US $100
Tensioner, idler pully, serp belt radiator 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 5.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

201000 mi

US $470
Replace Fuel Pump in tank, and fuel filter. Pump failed. 
207600 mi

US $30
serv engien light, running rought, just put set of new plugs in it and ran ok. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

214000 mi

US $100
Fuel pump failed. 
172500 mi Radiator leaked from transmission cooler, replaced radiator. 
180000 mi

US $560
Replaced fuel pump. 
115000 mi

US $500
Coolant leakage around the thermostat housing. Housing replaced. Major engine belt replaced due to wear, original belt. 
135000 mi

US $600
Radiator cracked, was leaking coolant and had to be replaced 
56420 mi

C $650
Installed both upgraded timing chain tensioners and replaced gaskets 
109120 mi

C $150
Leaking exhaust 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

193000 mi

US $30
The engine was overheating. Coolant was running out of the block from behind the alternator mount. Used a chemical block sealer to seal the leak. Car is now running after 30 hours of coolant system flush and repair work. The chemical sealant did not seal the engine block leak successfully. Had to remove the alternator and alternator mount. Found a hole in the head. Used a metal epoxy to repair. Working so far. 
216000 mi

US $50
Hole in the end of the right head opened again and leaked out coolant. Scraped out old epoxy and replaced with new. A new leak in the radiator was repaired with stop leak until a new radiator is put in. 
220700 mi

US $200
Replaced the radiator due to a continuing leak. Fixed now. 
250000 mi

US $20
Engine was leaking from the lower intake manifold to header connection on the driver side front. Patched over the leak with epoxy as repairs would cost ten times more than the vehicle is worth. 
104000 mi

US $790
DPFE valve shorted out and melted. Used code finder to find problem. Replaced valve and reset code. Good to go. 
104700 mi

US $190
Engine missing on 2 cylinders. Had vehicle towed. Dealer warranty would not cover cost of new coil pack. It took the dealers garage 4days to repair after originally saying it would be one day. 
108500 mi

US $190
Engine came on one more time. Replaced another sensor on emission system. Garage mechanic stated the wrong part had previously installed. 
131000 mi Heater core leaking. Added stop leak to stop leak and traded vehicle 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

170000 mi

US $411
the vehicle lost power and would only accelerate to a speed no greater than 40 MPH. mechanic replaced the intake set and an upper plenum. 

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1999 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

249000 mi Engine hot sensor on continually..engine not hot. Overdrive lite on...indicating transmission problem. Too expensive to diagnose. 

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1999 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

98000 mi

US $550
warning light on for oil pressure 
115900 mi

US $800
Water pump failed 
165000 mi

US $340
Fuel neck had a crack in it. Service engine light on. Would not pass WI emissions 

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1999 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

182000 mi

US $86
Check engine for rich O2 sensor and heater malfunction 

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1998 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

176000 mi Small coolant leak when sold. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

100000 mi

US $500
Car was taken in for engine light. Diagnosed and repaired two O2 sensors. Oil changed. And wiper connectors were replaced. Tires were replaced at Firestone at separate cost. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

158000 mi

US $130
Radiator and tank leaking. Replaced radiator. 
170000 mi

US $200
OBDII indicated bad O2 sensor. I replaced all three sensors, and reset the check engine light. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

108000 mi

US $800
Car lost ability to accelerate while I was driving on the highway. I coasted up an exit and called a tow truck. Repair shop couldn't find a smoking gun but replaced a few different things. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

120000 mi

US $145
Short in wire caused engine failures. Idler pulley snapped off, tension pulley broke and serpentine belt broke. 
146000 mi Replacement of one catalytic converter. Passed the DC emissions test. 
146700 mi

US $400
The Exploder was running rough at low idle and the problem became worse as it became harder to maintain speed on the road without frequent accelerator modulation. The 02 sensor had gone back and there was a misfire in cylinders 4,5 and 6. 

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1997 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

US $14 Drive pulley bearings seized. 
205000 mi

US $750
A rebuilt engine was put in in 2004 and now Timing Chain & Guides on front left have to be replaced. (Was a recall in 2001 I believe.) 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

169000 mi

US $1100
Valve cover oil leak. Gaskets replaced. 3 sensors replaced. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

144000 mi Leaking coolant hose Split radiator seam 
144000 mi and the check engine light was dancing on and off (indicative of the need for a new oxygen sensor ....again). 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

277000 mi

US $41
No heat, replaced thermostat 
285000 mi

US $794
Replaced cat-back exhaust pipe and muffler to pass inspection 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

146000 mi

US $750
Intake manifold blew and dumped all coolant all over the place. 
103540 mi

C $1000
Leaking coolant from heating coil. 
104780 mi

C $250
Unable to start car from park position in transmission. Intermittent problem. Somewhat improvement after repair. 
133000 mi

US $2100
Engine blew a head gasket due to a clogged radiator. I bought a 96K replacement engine and a new radiator. Had my shop install. 
88000 mi

US $130
Engine serpentine belt idler pulley bearing froze, mounting bolt unthreaded itself and it and inner race were lost. New owner-provided belt and new parts installed by dealer in about 2 hrs. Very good, swift repair. 
106000 mi

US $100
crank speed sensor? 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

218000 mi Check Engine Light on, so failed emissions test. No driveability issues and emissions normal. Diagnois: computer failing to detect position of solenoid in evaporative emissions system. Recommended replace computer, a $1200 part. Decided not to. 
153000 mi

US $800
thermostat, serpentine belt, idler pulley 

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1996 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

137000 mi I get a high and low simultanious whistle or whining sound from either the engine or transmission when I first start car. Once car warms, I still get the sounds but intermittently. Hoping its not the valve assembly on the transmission?? 
177000 mi

US $200
replaced gaskets 

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1996 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

193300 mi

US $240
Battery dripped acid on fuel regulator beneath battery and created vaccuum leak. easy fix, getting better gas mileage than before problem occured.  
140200 mi

US $750
lower and upper intakes needed replacing 
141000 mi

US $150
belt tensioner and belt needed replacement 
185000 mi

US $30
Timing chain cover was leaking coolant. Replaced all gaskets involved. 
191000 mi

US $160
Replaced fuel pump. The Explorer would not start in my parents driveway. I replaced the fuel pump myself and sold it two weeks later. 

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