1st Gen (1991 – 1994) Ford Explorer Problems

The 1st generation of the Explorer has a cumulative PainRank™ of 6.89. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? So far, so good. But there are some warning signs to watch for.

Owners of the 1991–1994 Explorer model years have sent in 97 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (31%) followed by the engine (25%) and the electrical (7%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
1994 34
5.28
1993 28
12.7
1992 20
5.65
1991 15
3.95

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