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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.
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Ford Explorer other repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (1%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (25%)

< $100 (60%)

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Chart based on 81 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

1860 mi The OEM wheels were installed in place of the Winter wheels on April 12th. First time I had a chance to drive on the OEM Hankooks and there was a slight vibration which gradually got worse over the following days. Took the vehicle back to the dealer and they rebalanced all wheels. Vibration now 95% gone. No Charge. Will continue to drive the vehicle some more to see what happens and report back to dealer service department as requested. 
7500 mi rear seat belt jammed 
500 mi Re-balance of all 4 wheels 
17000 mi

US $800
Rear tires replaced after going bald due to towing. Alignment checked but very close to correct. Assume pulling a 2 axle car trailer on 2 trips of 1600 mi caused the issue as the front tires look new. 

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2016 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

34245 mi Rubber train on drivers door split 

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2015 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

15500 mi Seatbelt light stayed on but not all the time 
22000 mi Exterior door handle driver side broke . 

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2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

36000 mi Vehicle exhaust and gasoline scent present in vehicle on occasion following Ford TSB. Modifications made to venting at rear of vehicle. 
34700 mi Exhaust smell in cabin. TSB performed sealing the rear of the vehicle and replacing the rear air vents and reprogramming the climate control module. 

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2015 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Install missing bumper clip. 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

14000 mi

US $360
Two safety belts replaced under warranty. One was stuck and the other has to be cut off when a child got entangled in it. 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

15000 mi Second row passenger side bucket seat would not fold down/away using the automatic fold button. You could do it manually, but only with a lot of effort and tugging/pulling. 
22000 mi

US $600
Integrated Key/Key FOB physicaly broke while trying to turn in ignition. Car was still under warranty but Dealer said that Key's are not covered. Also I needed to replace a second key(lost) $600 total. 
4000 mi Metal support bar that holds up the front of the load floor when the power 3rd row is stowed came loose and was pointed into the passenger area. Was able to snap it back into place. 
66227 mi

US $802
Left front door latch would intermittently not open fully resulting in the inability to close the door. Latch mechanism was replaced. 

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2014 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

44640 mi

C $800
Driver's door handle replaced. Tab broken holding handle and had to continually push back into place 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

59000 mi

US $100
Rear deck did not open fully 
33000 mi

US $350
Tires replaced under warranty. Standard Equipment Michelin's dry rotted over the past 3 years in storage. 
3655 mi Traction Contrel System engaged while on dry pavement. I was unable to disengage TCS. Engine reving high as a result of TCR. Brought to dealer to see RCA. Results inconclusive. Dealer updated ECU and Antilock firware to latest rev. 
20000 mi Seat belt not locking 

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2013 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

6820 mi HEADLIGHTS OUT OF ADJUSTMENT 
31000 mi Windows wouldn't go down smooth on driver or passenger side, they would jump down 

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2012 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

17700 mi Driver's power seat not sliding smoothly when going backward. 

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2012 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

1600 mi Driver's - side mirror LED panel window has water/condensation inside. 

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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 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

13000 mi Loud wind noise in the upper right hand side of the windsheild. Wind noise is more noticalbe during windy conditions. 
31000 mi Back hatch does not open all the way. Problem with gas shocks. 
32000 mi Back hatch does not open all the way. Problem with gas shocks. 
40200 mi Under engine air deflector failed and became detached. Appears to have been improperly reattached during oil changes. 
20000 mi Power folding 3rd row seat stuck. Dealer found that sound insulation was interfering with seat operation. Said it is a known problem 
25000 mi passenger side power third row seat jammed. Seat is stuck halfway between folded flat and upright. Cannot move manually either. Dealer says new tracks must be installed. Parts ordered. Still waiting after 2 weeks. 
26000 mi waited 4 weeks for parts. dealer finally called and said parts had arrived. installed new tracks and a latch on the power folding 3rd row seats. 
34000 mi 3rd row power seats stuck during unfolding process. This is the 3rd time this has happened to this vehicle in 3 years. 
31300 mi loose rear-view mirror 
43000 mi MYFordTouch 

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2011 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

85000 mi

US $50
Vibration hum coming from front end, dealer could not find a problem. 
3000 mi both side mirror replaced again due to moisture in the side indicator led's built into the mirrors.  
14200 mi TSB recall 
17300 mi front wiper stops working. 
39000 mi Rear liftgate would not go all the way up 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic AWD

43000 mi

US $495
right front wheel bearings/hub replaced 
49200 mi

US $462
Rear windshield wiper stopped working. 

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2008 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

109000 mi Had Tires rotated and oil change then 10 days later wheel fell off due to shop error. 
118420 mi

C $300
Replaced defective auto running boards with universal steps 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

75000 mi Folding running boards were seizing up do to corrosion of extension linkage. Boards were lowered to extended position and motors disconnected. 
142000 mi

US $225
Passenger side power running board not working. Replaced entire running board assembly with one from a junkyard for $225, instead of paying $1700+tax for a new one at the dealer. 
145200 mi

US $10
Power running board on drivers side did not work. I removed it, had a broken bracket. I repaired the bracket and reinstalled the running board. Works great now! 
151000 mi

US $16
Both rear axle nuts were loose. Bought the socket to fit the axle nut and torqued to specs. Must have been an issue when I bought the car as I have not worked on the rear brakes or rear wheel bearings until now. 
178000 mi

US $36
All 7 Instrument panel light bulbs were replaced since one was burnt out. I ordered bulbs at fordparts.com and installed them myself. 
199000 mi

US $36
Hood struts no longer held up the hood. Both struts were replaced with OEM hood struts that I found online for $18 each. Cost at Ford Dealer is $56 each 
121000 mi

US $100
Center rear seat belt bolt fell off and released the seat belt. The bolt appears to have been too short. 

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2007 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

22000 mi

US $56
Front tire was loosing air. Dealer found the tire valve was leaking and replaced valve. 
56100 mi

C $2700
3rd row electric "stow" seats would not raise/lower. Some form of latch needed to be replaced on both seats. 
50000 mi lug nuts loose, studs broken off. dealer caused issue 
98000 mi

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

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2006 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

34720 mi Rear right hand door hinge replaced as found door noisy while opening.  

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

292-horsepower 4.6L V8 6-speed automatic RWD

28000 mi Right 3rd row seat would not rise. Gear assembly with motor was stuck. Removed cover behind 3rd row seat to access the assembly. Applied grease to the gears and it started working, thought it is not as smooth as the left side seat. 
47000 mi

US $204
Driver side third row seat electric latch assembly gear broke. Replaced the complete latch assembly. 

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2006 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

21000 mi Rear (middle row) drivers side seat belt buckle would not function properly (latch). Item was repaired by replacing the assembly. 
133000 mi

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

US $1300
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 4WD w/low range

48360 mi Rear wiper stuck in position. I removed the motor assembly and found wiper shaft binding in motor housing due to corrosion. I cleaned out corrosion, greased the housing and shaft and reassembled. Has been working fine since. 
35960 mi Hand brake release lever was broken. The hand brake lever was replaced by the dealers. 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

135000 mi

US $3500
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 

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2005 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

24000 mi Rear door on passenger side would not open. Inside and outside handles had no effect. Door locks cycled (many times) would eventually get door open.  

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

108000 mi

US $50
Replaced bad tire pressure warning sensor inside the tire/wheel assy. They have a long life (5 yr) battery, but that wasn't the problem. Road Salt had corroded the metal cap that screws on to the metal stem to add air to the tire. Junk.  

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2004 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

119700 mi

US $105
rear hatch hinges replaced 
80600 mi

US $324
Fuel sensor wasn't working, it had to be changed. 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

62000 mi

US $750
Left and right front wheel bearings replaced under extended warranty. 
54000 mi

US $545
Lubricate door latch switches. Cleared sunroof drain lines 

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2003 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

184000 mi

US $100
Rear hatch window actuator cable failed. Replaced with OEM part. 

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2003 Ford Explorer

4-cylinder automatic AWD

89000 mi

US $40
We hear a rattling noise but dealer could not hear it. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

104500 mi

$40
One rear window hinge broke. Replaced hinge. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

158700 mi

US $120
Hood latch and cable replaced. Hood would pop up driving on highway or if lifted by hand as though the release had been pulled. Hood didn't completely open. 

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2002 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

174000 mi

US $35
Replaced door ajar sensor to get rid of warning lamp; this repair also re-enabled external courtesy lamp timer, autolock, retained accessory power, door chime; eliminated constant 'key in ignition' chime. 

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2001 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

210-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

150000 mi

US $250
Rear hatch handle and lock release broke and required new handle be installed, requirin drilling out rivets on original handle and removal of rear hatch plastic panel to get inside rear hatch to connect to lock release. 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

215-horsepower 5.0L V8 4-speed automatic AWD

135000 mi

US $250
Replaced OEM fuel pump 

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2000 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

115000 mi

US $500
Hood shocks would not hold up hood. Shocks replaced. 

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1998 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

195900 mi Driver's Window shattered at Bottom. Might have been installed incorrectly by previous owner. Replaced with Window from similar vehicle. 

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1998 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

94000 mi

US $600
Rear trunk/door latch brushings were replaced and door alignment was done to insure proper closing so that "door open" light wouldn't stay on.  

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1997 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

143000 mi Rear driver side door lock stuck. 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

131000 mi

US $300
Door latch broken, door would not open 
144000 mi door latch failure... 

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

119860 mi

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

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1997 Ford Explorer 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

156700 mi

US $10
rear hatch not closing, removed hatch, did body work on hinge attachment points re-installed door and replaced tail light bulb (broken by slamming mis-aligned hatch) 

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1996 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

143000 mi

US $450
Replaced driver side front door lock mechanism. Was not working at all. 

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