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3rd Generation Ford Explorer Problems

The Explorer's 3rd generation runs from 2002 to 2005. Its has amassed 9050 complaints on CarComplaints.com and a 123.25 PainRank™ which can be compared against other generations.

Shopping for a Ford? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

What Breaks the Most in the 2002–2005 Explorer?

So what are most of the complaints about? Let's take a look at specific areas that have generated the most complaints. This should give you a good idea about general trouble-spots.

What About Specific Complaints?

Here are the 3 most common Explorer complaints submitted to CarComplaints.com over the years.

The complaints are sorted by their PainRank™ which is a score calculated by combining data points such as 1) how long does it take for the problem to start 2) how much does it cost to fix 3) what rank did owners assign to this problem, etc.

Complaints For Each Model Year

Let's break down the number of complaints by model year. Sometimes that can help us spot a problem child within a generation. Clicking on the chart will bring you to that year's problem page on CarComplaints.com.

This Generation Has Been Mentioned in These Problem Trends

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