What's Wrong with the Ford Explorer?

Explorer owners have made 12553 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the transmission (28%), followed by the body (23%) and the interior (9%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Explorer.

Comparing Explorer Generations

You should avoid the 3rd generation (2002–2005) Explorer because of its overall PainRank™ of 123.23. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
5th Gen Explorer 2011–2018
1353 35.82
4th Gen Explorer 2006–2010
1108 41.41
3rd Gen Explorer 2002–2005
9059 123.23
2nd Gen Explorer 1995–2001
936 28.55
1st Gen Explorer 1991–1994
97 6.89

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    The Worst Explorer Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2014 (196), 2011 (185), 2000 (185), 2007 (185), 1998 (175), 1999 (155), 2015 (130), 2012 (119), 2001 (115), 1996 (112), 1997 (108), 2008 (105), 1995 (86), 2010 (41), 2017 (35), 1994 (34), 1993 (28), 1992 (20), 1991 (15), 2009 (12), and 2018 (1).