3rd Gen (2002 – 2005) Ford Explorer Problems

The 3rd generation of the Explorer has a cumulative PainRank™ of 123.23. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

Owners of the 2002–2005 Explorer model years have sent in 9059 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (30%) followed by the body (28%) and the interior (9%).

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 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2005 816
83.67
2004 2446
124.26
2003 1845
101.35
2002 3951
183.63

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