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Expensive Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (22%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (38%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (8%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 189 repairs.
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Ford Explorer repair cost distribution

$2500+ (36%)

$1000 - $2499 (64%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 124 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

41540 mi

C $750
The driver's side interior door panel arm rest vinyl was splitting at the seam, The vehicle was at 70,000 kms and just out of warranty. Ford refused to cover the panel under warranty although it had clearly started to split before expiry 
65100 mi

C $1250
Complete front and rear brakes. 
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. 
85250 mi

C $153
Repaired passenger side door panel under TSB notification for free. Paid for driver door panel seam at armreast which split to be repaired at the same time. 
85560 mi

C $535
Left rear wheel bearing replaced 
94601 mi

C $585
Right rear wheel bearing replaced 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

103000 mi

US $2300
Electric steering needed steering column replaced. 
103997 mi

US $2198
Timing chain 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

84100 mi

US $800
The AC compressor failed and needed to be replaced. 
116000 mi

US $1200
Passenger side CV and axle assembly including inner bearing. 
42900 mi

US $1800
Air conditioning compressor clutch seized 
58300 mi

US $160
Dead battery 
72000 mi

US $490
Wiring harness failure, caused an erroneous battery warning light. 
77000 mi

US $1800
2nd air conditioner compressor replacement required ugh!!!!’ Also required a new condenser 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

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 AWD

45000 mi

US $44600
Cracked Windshield Washer Bottle 
46000 mi

US $300
warped rotor 
109740 mi

C $2300
rear brakes, pads, rotors etc. Front struts and shocks. 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

29000 mi

US $1144
two plates in transmission were change out shifter assembly replaced 

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2010 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

97000 mi

US $1000
One front wheel bearing was replaced Thermostat housing cracked, coolant was leaking. Thermostat housing and thermostat were replaced. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

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. 
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! 
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. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

86800 mi

C $1000
Not sure of exact part. 
94060 mi

C $800
Heater core malfunction 
118420 mi

C $300
Replaced defective auto running boards with universal steps 
115000 mi

US $1200
wheel hubs with sensors brakes pads and calipers 
109500 mi

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

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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. 
125000 mi

US $2500
transmission not going into overdrive 
150000 mi

US $330
seats worn and cracked. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

36000 mi

US $5000
transmission grenaded, needed to be fully reworked 
94700 mi

US $400
Drivers front wheel bearing was growling. Replaced and the problem was fixed. 
98300 mi

US $300
Radiator leaking at seam between plastic tank and aluminum, top drivers side. Replaced radiator and refilled with G-05 coolant. 
93000 mi

US $500
Bulkhead connector sleeve started leaking. To replace required dropping the transmission pan, so while in the transmission a filter replacement and fluid exchange was also done. 
103000 mi

US $500
Drivers wheel bearing had play in it and was making a roaring sound and was replaced. 
108000 mi

US $1000
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. Multiple Roaring sounds. Replaced both Front Wheel Bearings. 
111000 mi

US $360
Drivers Rear Strut leaking oil badly. Replaced both sides with Quick Strut replacements plus an alignment. 
115500 mi

US $2000
2 broken studs on both exhaust manifolds and warped manifolds. Studs, manifolds, and gaskets replaced. lower slide pins on both front calipers frozen. Was able to remove one, but the other was stuck and resulted in replacing drivers front caliper bracket. Also replaced pads and rotors at same time. 
111700 mi

US $1139
Transmission lines rusted out and needed to be replaced. At the same time, replaced rear radiator, which had been damaged for years.  
118000 mi

US $675
Electronics failure led to car unable to shift (stuck in 3rd). Dealer quoted $3,700 to replace transmission. Took car to transmission repair shop where they replaced solenoid assembly for $675. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

53300 mi

US $250
thermostat replaced 
67000 mi

US $2200
Brackets rusted on converter 
46500 mi

¤4000
AUTOBOX Overhaul, clonking and whinning. Just outside warranty and no goodwill!! Typical Ford 
81700 mi

US $2354
Electronically flawed, alternator, battery, ecu unit, body damage repair, engine good, severe electrical issues! All wheel bearings in vehicle have to be replaced. 
111000 mi

US $3585
Transmission starting slipping when going into reverse. Had to replace the transmission with factory rebuilt unit. Rarely under any load in reverse due to downhill driveway, so not really noticeable until I had to back up with a small load. 
80580 mi

C $2700
3rd row electric "stow" seats would not raise/lower. Some form of latch needed to be replaced on both seats. 
91200 mi

C $200
Right rear stabilizer had disconnected 
119120 mi

C $500
Replaced warn suspension component 

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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
Front and Rear Brakes Replaced Rear springs replaced torsion bar replaced. Front and Reat Wheel Bearings Sway Bar replaced as part of suspension system repairs / Maintenance Spark Plugs Replaced 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

72200 mi

US $1309
transmission fluid ran out due to a fitting coming loose (might have been caused by a car wash). Required R&R of radiator as well. 
62000 mi

US $100
Left Rear Axle Seal was leaking 
76700 mi

US $120
Right front sway bar snapped. Replaced both left and right sway bar. 
85000 mi

US $3800
The right 3rd row power folding seat motor failed. The Transmission Valve Body is failing Transmission was rebuilt, Transmission Valve Body was replaced. 
85000 mi

US $110
Blower fan control was stuck on high and would not respond. 
129000 mi

US $250
Repaired broken sway bar link. Replaced both. Also some new bushings. 
131000 mi

US $475
Replaced Power Steering Pump. 
151000 mi

US $1362
New front pads. Both lower ball joints. Rear Sway bar connection 
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. 
84300 mi

US $1000
3rd row power seat folding motor stopped working and needed to be replaced. (motor & gearcase one sealed unit) 
81000 mi

US $170
No cooling from Air Conditioner. Recharge System & Check for leaks. 
83000 mi

US $125
Windshield wipers would not stop wiping. Diagnose & replace wiper motor. 
93700 mi

US $150
Charge ind. would come on and would able to be cleared immediately. Dealer diagnosed bad alternator and replaced it. Rear wiper would not move. Dealer diagnosed bad motor and replaced it. Car would miss and buck during acceleration. Dealer diagnosed 2 bad coil on plugs and replaced them. 
133000 mi

US $100
Tailgate rear window hinges broken. Remove & Replace. 
137000 mi

US $1300
Transfer case motor stuck between 2WD & 4WD. Car would not move. RF Wheel bearing bad, threw ABS & Traction Control lights on inst panel 2 lug nuts sheared off. Shop replaced all 5, fixed slow leaking tire. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

102100 mi

US $1300
Stop changing gear 
73000 mi

US $283
rear drive axel needed to be replaced. 
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. 
76700 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
Leaking T Coil Factory battery bad, was replaced Thermostat housing cracked (2nd time) 
116800 mi

US $1900
Trans was slipping,acceleration, jerking problems. Finally threw wrench & check engine lights. Problem caused due to 3rd Gear Ratio Error causing Transmission to go into fail-safe mode, Transmission was rebuilt. 
138000 mi

US $650
Jet Engine Noise, coolant smell, losing coolant - Thermostat housing replaced 
121000 mi

US $2100
Transmission was not taking reverse and not shifting past second gear. The shop re-built the Transmission. 
133500 mi

US $400
Replaced, brake pads, rotors, front right wheel hub, both back wheel bearings and back right cv joint. 
136000 mi

US $350
Replaced Spark plugs, spark plug wires. 
137600 mi

US $500
Oil leak, replaced seal and gasket. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

38440 mi

US $300
A/C condenser drip shorted shift solenoid in tranny. replaced parts ($950) and labor came out to $1700. moved A/C drip elsewhere. Poor engineering on Ford's part airbag light on. was a fault in electrical. 
107000 mi

US $500
Slippage, noise in systems, diagnosed as loose pins that came undone inside unit. The same problems you would typically read reported from 30K mileage and later. Passenger rear hub and bearing assembly replaced, also had dealer do analysis of transmission slippage issues and pull diagnostic codes from computer. 
135000 mi

US $800
Wheel hub and bearing assembly. Drive side front. 
131000 mi

US $3700
jumped timing, blew engine 
54000 mi

US $295
Battery went dead, low voltage burned out the 6 cd player so it had to be replaced 
79000 mi

US $245
Battery died, low voltage damaged the CD changer which had to be replaced. Second time this has happened! 
84500 mi

US $800
Radiator was leaking and had to be replaced, 2nd time this issue has occurred. 
86500 mi

US $150
Stabilizer bars replaced 
93000 mi

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

US $270
Rear sway bar links replaced 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. 
116000 mi

US $1200
Transmission was slipping when accelerating from a stop. Torque converter needed to be removed and repaired. 
42160 mi

C $300
Had the rear hatch repainted due to a rust bubble forming just above the center trim piece with the Ford emblem, another factory issue in my opinion. 
42760 mi

C $650
Had to repair a front differential seal leak. 
72980 mi

C $750
Thermestat housing crack causing coolant to leak. Issue found before any other damage could occur to engine, no overheating occurred. 
86800 mi

C $1100
Had to replace two bad wheel bearings, LF and RR.  Also have minor leak at front axle seals but will not change at this time. After repair, I can now hear the LF wheel bearing will need to be changed in the next few months. 
89900 mi

C $550
Replaced noisy RH wheel bearing. 
90700 mi

C $450
For a second time, lift gate needs to be refinished for rust located along the chrome trim piece above the license plate. Also noticed rocker panels rusting but are not visible due to running boards therefore will leave as is. 
112840 mi

C $150
Replaced egr valve 
110000 mi

US $2900
New radiator, rear wheel bearings, and  fuel line repair. 
80000 mi

US $1000
Replaced Radiator Replaced brake master cylinder 

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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

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

135000 mi

US $3500
transmission failed on trip 130 miles from home; OD dropped and by the time it was picked up for tow; 4th gear had dropped. When vehicle went into shop for transmission repair I was explaining a noise I had hear the previous Sunday. Per repair shop it was timing belt. After doing research decided not to repair as it was VERY labor intensive for $1500 quote 
53000 mi

US $1500
no air coming from dash air outlets. took out dash and replace vacuum assembly. problem solved replaced ball joints 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

96300 mi

US $657
Problems with alignment. 1) Replace both front lower ball joints. 2) Alignment 3 Oil change 
96000 mi

US $483
Problems with alignment, Replace right rear bub bearing D.R Out tie rod 
95700 mi

US $3900
Alignment issues. Was told I needed upper and lower ball joints, tie rods and the rear differential needed to be replaced 
59200 mi

C $175
Fan belt squeeked. Needed to replace belt and tension adjuster 
67780 mi

C $3000
Transmission would not engage immediately when shifted into reverse OR drive from PARK. When it did engage it would jolt. 
123000 mi

US $3000
I could hear a loud grinding noise from he back of the Explorer. Differential failing. 
122140 mi

C $450
Cat Converter 
153760 mi

C $2500
Unsure of parts - but my Check Engine Light came on and "Check Transmission" displayed on console. Per Mechanic - I had lost 2nd and 5th gear, with my reverse gear almost at failue. 
169260 mi

C $100
Suspension issue 
73900 mi

US $120
thermostat replaced 
78200 mi

US $2165
rear differential replaced two front ball joints replaced 
90000 mi

US $1800
Transmission needed to be rebuilt 

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2004 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

219000 mi

US $40000
The transmission went out. The car will not shift in reverse or go out of first gear. 
147000 mi

US $1500
These 5R55S transmissions are junk. It keeps grinding lots of shavings into the pan and the o/d comes on flashing on & off. Then it doesn't want to stay in o/d. It's a sealed trans w/ no dipstick. Wish I could find a rplcmnt unit that came w a dipstick. 
145000 mi

US $800
5R55S sealed-up transmissions are a bunch of junk! 

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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. Manifold hose leak, and actuator door broken. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

184000 mi

US $1500
Changed CV joint Repaired transmission 
184200 mi

US $600
Charged ac There was also a new front end tie rod and ball joint installed. 
189300 mi

US $175
New oil filter housing 
94600 mi

US $3040
A belt in the transmission broke, which required a complete rebuild. 
105000 mi

US $1600
Starter failed, and the flywheel had to be replaced as well. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

95000 mi

US $5300
The car was shaking at idle. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

71000 mi

US $800
Replaced rear axle (limited slip) for the second time under warranty. ALso replaced radio subwoofer, and front wheel bearing.  
80000 mi

US $4300
Replaced transmission. I had reported hard shifting and other transmission problemds to Ford since the vehicle was new but they did not fix it. After the factory extended warranty (75K miles) ran out, the transmission failed entirely. 
106300 mi

US $200
The rear limited-slip differential started chattering again on slight turns. It has done this repeatedly since delivery. The temporary "fix" is to replace the rear lube with new 140W synthetic lube and add the special XL3 friction modifier. 
127000 mi

US $1200
Replaced the The ball joints. 
128000 mi

US $400
The backup warning system was not working. wiring and speaker replaced. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

98900 mi

US $3200
Transmission completely inoperable. Sway bar connecting links broken, repaired by owner 
138000 mi

US $1500
Replace upper and lower ball joints. During same visit I had brakes replaced, all 4 and an alignment. Front left bearing replaced. The rear wheel bearings are making noise but not recommended to replace them until they get worse. Replaced left front wheel bearing. Also got new Fireston Destination Tires and new brakes. Car now makes a road whirring sound from 35 mph to 45 mph. Had differentials and transfer case drained and refilled including friction modifier. 
138000 mi

US $845
Replaced alternator and emergency brake shoes. 
138000 mi

US $2300
Replace rear differential 
80000 mi

US $100
Oxygen sensor at the back of the catalytic converter had to be replaced 
83700 mi

US $514
Replaced alternator and battery 
89000 mi

US $900
Worn rear wheel bearings have been causing roaring noise for about 1 year. Shop assured me there was no rush to get this done. Decided it was time to fix. New wheel bearings and one new axle because heat generated seized hub to axle. 
88700 mi

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

US $1300
Replaced thermostat body to correct coolant leak Front Struts Replaced due to wear 
131000 mi

US $1000
Gear (or sprocket?) at the head of the drive shaft was severely damaged requiring immediate replacement. 
97000 mi

US $178
Bad bearings Heater Blend motor broken, had to disassemble dash to access it 
119700 mi

US $105
Front axle seal and rear bearing rear hatch hinges replaced 
136300 mi

US $600
bearing with sensor built in replaced 
156000 mi

US $1050
Differential carrier bearing failed. Replaced all bearings and seals in differential 
195000 mi

US $1500
Computer died and needed to be replaced. 

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2004 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

82000 mi

US $870
Brake repair, specifics not known. 
93700 mi

US $1255
Replace front wheel bearings and ball joints 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

175000 mi

US $3500
Transmission fluid pump died and caused tranny to run dry. 
188000 mi

US $4500
One of the bearings disintegrated while towing. Engine is a complete loss. 
49600 mi

C $2000
Don't remember all the dates but the transmission was rebuilt 2x out of warranty and then replaced completely and paid for by Ford Canada & the dealership. Also antilock & reverse sensors repaired 3x in warranty. Heater blower, cruise control and computer 
143840 mi

C $465
Heater Blower Fan 
154380 mi

C $200
New ignition on the steering column since the old one came out with the key 
44000 mi

US $160
Broken heat shield on front transfer case. Broken duct vent in dash. 
62000 mi

US $750
Left and right front wheel bearings replaced under extended warranty. Transmission problem fixed with computer flash at owner's expense. Pinion seal and rear axle seals replaced under extended warranty. 
74000 mi

US $1000
Replaced front & rear shocks/springs, replaced upper & lower ball joints. 
83000 mi

US $1500
Paint on hood was bubbling due to iron contamination in aluminum hood (see TSB 06-25-15 ALUMINUM BODY PANELS - CORROSION). Aluminum hood replaced with steel hood & repainted. Vehicle was beyond paint warranty time frame. 
93000 mi

US $200
Replaced all 8 ignition coils and spark plugs. 
104000 mi

US $400
Replaced all seals and fluid in rear differential. 
116700 mi

US $200
Replaced rear wheel bearings(Timken). Very difficult to remove old wheel bearings from assemblies; burned them out with a torch. 
124900 mi

US $2500
Transmission developed major leak while driving. Transmission rebuilt by local transmission specialist. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

181000 mi

US $1200
Damaged Tie rod end was replaced. Front upper a-frames on both left and right sides were also damaged. 
184000 mi

US $100
Transmission wouldn't move immediately when put in gear. If you gave it a good amount of throttle, it would jerk into gear, then drove fine. It did this in forward and reverse gears. Got two different opinions and both agreed. Drivers side window power actuator broke. Replaced with aftermarket part. Rear hatch window actuator cable failed. Replaced with OEM part. Rear stabilizer bar linkages were broken. Replaced with OEM. 
192000 mi

US $250
Alternator was bad. Replaced with new one. 
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. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

115000 mi

US $2600
replaced w/ rebuilt w/ 1 year warranty. work done by trans specialist shop. 
135000 mi

US $2000
oil pump broke, engine seized. replaced with used engine. 90 day warranty. 
145000 mi

US $120
both front struts were replaced after the spring on the right front strut cracked. bolt attaching strut to tie arm was rusted and seized. needed to grind bolt out. 
147000 mi

US $485
wheel bearing worn down and had to be replaced 

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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. 
127000 mi

US $600
Driver's front wheel bearing, sway bar links. 
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 Sway bar link broken P0301 code still active Front bushings worn 
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. 
118000 mi

US $450
Had Ford kit installed to reduce differential noise Left front wheel hub bearing went bad 
89000 mi

US $400
ABS - speed sensor bad. 
94000 mi

US $125
Blend motor assy replaced. 'click of death' 
96300 mi

US $3600
Transmission rebuilt with newer 07 -08 parts 

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2002 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

145000 mi

US $2500
Transmission went out completely at 145,000 miles. Terrible transmission in this car. I am replacing to sell it. 
138000 mi

US $1000
Head Gasket leaking oil. Transmission had to be removed to repair. Made it far more costly. 
70000 mi

US $3000
Third gear clusters out on 5-speed automatic transmission. Common occurance on 2002 Explorers with this particulr transmission. 
83000 mi

US $323
Replaced worn front struts. 
88000 mi

US $2600
Bad torque converter. Replaced transmission at transmission shop. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

239-horsepower 4.6L V8 5-speed automatic RWD

76000 mi

US $1200
4x4 not working. discovered in middle of blizzard. after hours of troubleshooting, determined needs new part that may or may not completely fix problem. decided not to throw more money away in this car leaking differential. not worth fixing terrible noise in back wheels every time went over bumps. was shown both rear wheel springs cracked. not worth sinking more money into this car 
107000 mi

US $2200
Replaced transmission 
109000 mi

US $250
Transmission shifting very roughly, had to be rebuilt A/C compressor developed two cracks, entire a/c system had to be replaced 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

83700 mi

C $450
Front wheel bearing 
102920 mi

C $1000
1 front and 1 rear wheel bearing replaced. 
135160 mi

C $100
Replace broken front sway bar link. 
140740 mi

C $300
Replace right front shock absorber. 
169260 mi

C $3400
Crankshaft bearing spun - engine seized. Engine replaced with used engine from wreckers. 
179180 mi

C $3200
Transmission failed at 288,000 km. Bores worn, overdrive planetary gear destroyed. Rebuilt. 
185 mi

C $450
Broken sway bar link on front right suspension 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. 
220100 mi

C $450
Replaced U-Joints 
175000 mi

US $2500
Rear differential has made noise since new. Was repaired under warranty few years ago. At 178,000 rear finally went - car barely drivable. Drove to dealer and traded in for new Honda. 
113460 mi

C $2500
- Replace four struts - Replace two control arms - Replace two ball joints - Replace sway bars 
116560 mi

C $250
Replace belt tensioner Replace belt tensioner 
107000 mi

US $211
line from resevoir to brakes rudted thru (live by ocean - everything rusts) 
106500 mi

US $641
Replace RF hub assembly 
112000 mi

US $330
Insufficient cooling; recharged system Ambient temp sensor failed. Temp incorrect on display. Replaced sensor. 
113000 mi

US $787
Front hub assembly 
113200 mi

US $140
Dead battery 
121825 mi

US $1402
Brake shoe replacement 2 Wheel bearing replacements - RR & LR Serpentine belt replaced Differential fluid replaced - Front 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

85000 mi

US $600
gear failed in transfer case - rear wheels could not drive engine in engine braking mode - also very noisy clutch engagement - so replaced a gear and 2 other small parts in transfer case. 
92000 mi

US $1124
4wd module in dash failed needed to be replaced power door lock on passenger front door would stick and not unlock 
106700 mi

US $700
front left wheel bearing froze, broke off end of half-shaft, wheel was held on only by brake caliper 
59000 mi

US $1200
transmission rebuild was told transmission case servo bore worn and needed to be bored an sleeved,bad pressure valve, planitary and input shaft worn and torque converter needed to be replaced 
67000 mi

US $2800
full transmission rebuild on privious repair they did not bore and sleeve transmission case servo bore or replace pressure valve wich I was told was cause of original failure and the reason for second failure 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

105000 mi

US $260
went to dealer for speed control recall, discovered power steering pump leak & replaced pump. 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. 
107000 mi

US $125
Explorer made loud squeaking noise from front end when driven over speed bumps, problem was bad front stabilizer bar frame bushings - replaced. 
124000 mi

US $2100
4 oil leaks in the car 
154000 mi

US $7000
car started slipping, jerking and lurching. brake band was discovered broken in half along with most of the gears and plates worn out.Repair shop repaired the transmission by replacing the worn out and broken components. 
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. 
114000 mi

US $500
Problem with rear wheel bearings, worn out. 
119000 mi

US $900
Replace rear end, later fix seal leaks on new rear end. 
122000 mi

US $1250
Transmission failure, replaced with rebuilt transmission. 
126000 mi

US $700
The rear wheel bearings were replaced due to completely being worn out (they were smoking and creaking). This was formerly misreported on Truedelta, last year the rear end was replaced. 
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 $350
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. Rear panel on back tail gate broke for the 4th time since we purchased this vehicle new. I ordered the part and replaced it myself. I am sure It will break again. These things have more problems than I care to mention. 
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. Replaced the rear differential oil in an attempt to shut up the rear end which failed. 
91000 mi

US $400
Brake master cylinder out. Front driver brakes rattling/noise. 
103000 mi

US $2400
1st, 2nd and reverse gears were all damaged by a failed pin-bearing in the transmission. A complete overhaul was required. 
4000 mi

US $28500
Moonroof trim partially came off 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

122000 mi

US $5000
wheel bearings 
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 
87000 mi

US $400
Left rear axle -- differential seal leak. 
105000 mi

US $400
Right rear axle -- differential seal leak. 
120000 mi

US $700
4x4 high and 4x4 low lights flashing 3x / 5 mins. No ability to shift in / out of 4x4 / 4x2 mode. Replaced 2 4WD control modules. Did not fix. Required trip to shop to repair / replace transfer case actuator motor. 
163000 mi

US $1875
Rear-end noise checked for excessive noise. Turned out bearings were shot. Rear-end needed complete rebuild. 
173000 mi

US $250
Explorer developed an accelerated rust-out rate. Last year there were no bodywork holes discovered during safety inspection. Now there is so much rust, car will not pass inspection. 
103500 mi

US $200
Door sensor/ Alarm goes off intermittently. 
103000 mi

US $1800
Broken band, drives but won't shift properly. 
171740 mi

A $2600
Vehicle missing replaced 3 x coils still missing, it is a known fault replaced upper bearings & other parts 
65000 mi

US $1800
Had the differential rebuilt. The 8.8" rearend is notorious for failing, just like the transmission which I had replaced 2 years ago. 
78200 mi

US $600
I was sitting at a stop light and heard a loud boom from the back of my car. Got out to inspect; my right rear coil spring had snapped in half. Known defect from Ford but they won't pay. This truck is full of defects! 
125000 mi

US $1850
I'm on my 3rd transmission now. Dealer had fixed the trans 10 years ago, and it, all of a sudden, started slipping. The transmission has NO dipstick to check the fluid level by the writer fluid level was low and had burned up trans, $5k. 
129500 mi

US $1700
replaced wheel bearing on right rear 
132000 mi

US $800
replaced left rear bearing  replaced trailer wiring plug transmission shift lever does not always engage drive, or may pop out while driving, but this was not repaired successfully 
138000 mi

US $100
gauge cluster overheats and needles flail about with reckless abandon after approximately five minutes of run time 
140000 mi

US $1450
gauge cluster was overheating, sent out for repair, was unable to repair so had to replace with new cluster power windows completely inoperative, door was taken apart and rewired to replace worn wires that were causing a short door ajar light was staying on, as was dome light, regardless of whether the door was open or closed. new door sensor was installed rear wheel bearing was shot, had to be replaced, again. 
151000 mi

US $500
rear hatch window exploded from going over train tracks 
67000 mi

US $1000
Rear wheel bearings failed due to too much preload. This seems to be a common failure for this vehicle. Ford would not cover it under warranty. 
88000 mi

US $380
door switch and handle replaced 
110800 mi

US $300
New coil pack, plugs and wire. 
115500 mi

US $780
Front wheel bearings making noise when turning. Both wheel hub assemblies replaced. 
125000 mi

US $200
Window regulator failure. Replaced by new one. 
166000 mi

US $1400
Timing chains 
167000 mi

US $1875
Lost transmission 
176000 mi

US $140
I replaced the alternator myself at the site it failed so I did not have to have it towed. 
207700 mi

US $4000
Had to have the transmission completely rebuilt Had to replace radiator. Likely cause by repair shop replacing Heater Control Valve and dropped broken parts into cooling system 
212000 mi

US $2100
rebuilt rear end replaced wheel beering 
131000 mi

US $1900
Transmission was going for the last three years and finally had to get it rebuilt. Chose this because the trans had lasted this long and worried about an unknown transmission. Still bangs slightly when I back up. 

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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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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 5.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

165000 mi

US $250
Clock spring in steering is defective. No horn, No drivers airbag, no cruise control. 
187000 mi

US $1000
no horn, no cruise control, no washer fluid, no airbag, replaced entire steering column with used. repaired AC with a new condenser. Replaced upper control arm and then had alignment. 
188200 mi

US $150
Alternator gauge showing discharge, battery light came on. Truck would not start. Used Jump Box to drive to repair shop. 
189000 mi

US $300
brake line replaced. Had hole in line. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

185000 mi

US $2500
Transmission rebuild 
194000 mi

US $140
Noticed that the battery was losing charge. Tests showed it to be a failed alternator. Bought a new alternator and installed it. Problem solved. 
216000 mi

US $2500
Lost 2nd and 4th gear. Took to Earlington transmission who diagnosed a broken 2nd gear band plus other worn parts in the transmission. They rebuilt the transmission. 
220700 mi

US $200
Replaced the radiator due to a continuing leak. Fixed now. 
223000 mi

US $275
Had to have driver side lower ball joint replaced. Had to replace sway bar links and shocks on front and rear. Also had to replace the shackles on the rear suspension. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

97000 mi

US $1066
Car made roaring sound at speed. Both right and left bearings were bad. Car drives fine now. 
101000 mi

US $1800
Replaced upper/lower ball joints. Car is AWD. 
169000 mi

US $1100
Front wheel bearings were damaged and causing severe vibration. Valve cover oil leak. Gaskets replaced. 3 sensors replaced. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 4WD

107000 mi

US $940
Both front wheel bearing pack noisy--replaced 
125000 mi

US $1100
Ball joints 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic AWD

148000 mi

US $500
Ball joints, control arms, tie rod ends, camber cams, shocks all needed replacing. They were original ford OE Stock from when it rolled off show room. Replaced all with aftermarket brands, raybestos, monroe. Parts are superior to OE parts 
154000 mi

US $3200
Transmission blew 7 bearings, a servo and a band. Oil Can Henries put wrong transmission fluid in. They are refusing to honor damage, so paying out of pocket to repair. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

112000 mi

US $2500
transmission failed all sensors and torque converter 
120000 mi

US $145
Short in wire caused engine failures. Idler pulley snapped off, tension pulley broke and serpentine belt broke. 
120000 mi

US $100
Bearing on driver side went bad-- replaced bearing and hub 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

103540 mi

C $1000
Broken belt for power steering. When towed discovered no coolant and cause was due to leak in heating coil that also need to be replaced. Leaking coolant from heating coil. 
103540 mi

C $550
No airconditioning because of leaking coolant. 
104780 mi

C $250
Unable to start car from park position in transmission. Intermittent problem. Somewhat improvement after repair. 
120400 mi

C $450
Power chair did not move back or forth. Repaired power seat switch. 
119860 mi

C $450
rust on tire rims leading to flat tires. dead rear lightbulb. 
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. 
135000 mi

US $140
Lights,Dash,dimmed and trouble lights came on. Air bag began to beep and engine began to run terrible. Tested Battery,voltage regulator and alternator. Replaced alternator which included a new voltage regulator. Work was done by me. 

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