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%).