Compare Ford Vehicles

PainRank combines owner data, recall frequency, vehicle age, and other factors to give you a guide about which vehicles are a pain-in-the-butt to own. We’ve also ranked Ford generations, so you can get a better sense of which vehicles and model years you should avoid like the plague.

Why You Should Avoid the 3rd Generation Ford Explorer

From 2002 to 2005, the Explorer accumulated an overall PainRank™ of 123.4. By our math that means it ranks last in overall reliability. See why it ranks so poorly.

Want to know now all 101 Ford generations rank?

Rank Model Generation Years Reliability PainRank
101st Explorer Gen 3 2002—2005
123.4
100th F-150 Gen 12 2009—2014
60.04
99th Escape Gen 2 2008—2012
58.11