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2017 Ford Explorer repairs by problem area

Engine (15%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (4%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (19%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (30%)

Other (19%)

Chart based on 27 repairs.
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2017 Ford Explorer repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (5%)

$100 - $499 (18%)

< $100 (77%)

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Chart based on 22 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2017 Ford Explorer

Engine not specified

Ford Explorer in Virginia, United States
Dec 2021 - Apr 2023
Sep 2022

61000 mi

US $250
Replaced whining alternator. Replaced upper left and right rear control arms. 

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2017 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Florida, United States
Mar 2017 - Apr 2020
May 2018

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. 
Ford Explorer in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2016 - Oct 2018
Jul 2018

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. 
Oct 2018

18000 mi
After multiple trips to the dealer in an attempt to repair a slow oil leak, Ford agreed to buy the vehicle back from me. I drove the lemon back to the dealer I bought it from only 2 years earlier and they gave me a check and cancelled the balance of my car loan. It was very frustrating lasting months going back and forth to the dealer, but Ford did the right thing and took the vehicle back. 
Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
Oct 2016 - Jun 2022
Jul 2018

13000 mi
Paint bubbling up on leading edge of hood 
May 2022

53000 mi

US $275
BOTH a pillar trim lose - I replaced both with new parts 
Jun 2022

53365 mi

US $204
replace rear pads - they wanted to replace rotors - thats crazy with only 53k miles 
Ford Explorer in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2017 - Dec 2019
Sep 2019

32240 mi
Hood replaced for rust. Under warranty 
Oct 2019

32240 mi
SYNC multimedia system replaced. 
Ford Explorer in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2016 - Oct 2019
Apr 2017

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. 
Oct 2018

5181 mi

C $138
Winter wheels installed 
Ford Explorer in Arizona, United States
Aug 2017 - Jan 2022
Dec 2017

3000 mi
Roof rack rails, clips broke. 
Ford Explorer in Georgia, United States
May 2017 - Aug 2019
Jul 2017

500 mi
Re-balance of all 4 wheels 
Nov 2017

5000 mi
Replaced Driver Side Roof Rack Rail and related hardware. Replaced torn Driver Door Seal 
Jun 2018

11000 mi
Brake light switch at the brake peddle was replaced because it would stick in the "on" position leaving the brake lights on when the brake peddle was not depressed. 
Sep 2018

13000 mi
Driver's seat not cooling properly 
Ford Explorer in Virginia, United States
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
May 2017

7500 mi
rear seat belt jammed 
Ford Explorer in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
Aug 2017

6000 mi
transmission had to be replaced. 
Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
Jun 2021 - Jun 2022
Sep 2021

74000 mi
Fuel cap assembly had to be replaced. Spring and lock closing the door malfunctioned 
Ford Explorer in California, United States
Nov 2016 - Dec 2020
Sep 2017

5000 mi
Paint drip was repaired 

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2017 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in New York, United States
Apr 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

25000 mi
sunroof rattle repaired underbody shield rattle repaired 

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2017 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Michigan, United States
Oct 2017 - Oct 2019
Feb 2018

9000 mi
Power window motor driver rear passenger window 
Ford Explorer in Texas, United States
May 2017 - Jan 2022
Jan 2022

43000 mi
Rough shifting in low gear and burning odor. Transmission fluid low; leak from loose tap. Tap secured and fluid added. 

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2017 Ford Explorer 4dr SUV

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

Ford Explorer in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018
May 2018

17360 mi
Recall for potential CO leak 

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2017 Ford Explorer Repair Histories

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