1st Generation (1991—1994) Explorer Problems

Explorer owners with a 1991—1994 model year have the most problems with the transmission (31%), engine (25%), and the electrical (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 4 complaints at an average of 123,000 miles in the 1993 Ford Explorer.
  2. Problems Shifting 5 complaints at an average of 167,972 miles in the 1992 Ford Explorer.
  3. The Whole Front End Failure 1 complaints at an average of 13,600 miles in the 1993 Ford Explorer.

What Explorer Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1993 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 34 7 86 5.28
1993 28 9 83 12.7
1992 20 7 67 5.65
1991 15 11 63 3.95

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