pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
107,339 miles
Total Complaints:
375 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. ford needs to recall their faulty transmission (117 reports)
  2. not sure (116 reports)
  3. complete rebuild (78 reports)
  4. new tranmission (46 reports)
  5. new solenoid, pistol in tranny broken (11 reports)
  6. new solenoid (4 reports)
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problem #335

Apr 052012

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

All the same problems w/this Explorer - cracked back panel, 4 wheel drive not working, clicking noise coming from back (seems to have something to do w/rear heat a/c control), and now tranny crapping out. My CHEVY Blazer had twice the mileage and never a problem w/ tranny or anything else - CHEVY Suburban almost 300K, no problems. Dealer quotes me $4100 for reman install to OEM specs?! OEM specs are obviously a complete and utter failure.

- , Snowflake, AZ, USA

problem #334

Mar 302012

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,539 miles

same as the rest, flashing od light, tranny slipping, wont shift from 2-3. had to nurse home. Codes P0715. 720, 775. been acting up the whole time i owned for 2.5 years.

- , Suisun, CA, USA

problem #333

Mar 202012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

I had my brother-in-law call me about a month ago telling me that his transmission went out and all the signs he saw when it happened. He said he looked online and saw tons of posts about transmissions on 2002 Explorers going out and he told me to watch out for the same thing. Low and behold I am driving today (3-20-12) and my o/d light starts blinking. In town I had a rough time shifting gears from 1 to 2. Ford really needs to recall these transmissions because there is a fatal flaw here.

- , Marshall, MN, USA

problem #332

Mar 172012

Explorer Limited 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles

I had recently bought this car, It had 157000 miles on it. I drove the explorer home, everything worked fine. The next day I was driving to work and after about 5 miles the o/d off light started flashing and the check transmission message appeared. It still shifts fine and works ok, but after reading some comments I believe I made a bad purchase. I really wish I would have read up a bit more before buying. Now I see why the previous owner traded it in. Hope some one comes up with a solution in the near future.

- , Newtown, WV, USA

problem #331

Jan 312012

Explorer LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

Driving the vehicle, 1st thing I notice was the OD light flickering. Paying greater attention to the way the car was running I did notice that the car did shift a little hard

from 1st to 2nd. This vehcile also has a problem with the differential which the mechanic also said was a problem with Ford Explorer's also.

- , Nampa, ID, USA

problem #330

Feb 242012

Explorer V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,000 miles

I've owned this Explorer for 4 years now and I've had transmission/rear axle noise problems the entire time I've owned the vehicle. When I bought it, it had 98, 000 miles. It took me to 101,000 miles before I found out the problem! Ford should have recalled the vehicle in 2003-2004!

- , East Point, GA, USA

problem #329

Mar 092012

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

Another vicitm of the 2002 Ford explorer transmission problem. The transmission started slipping around 75,000 miles. It would have trouble shifting between 2nd and 3rd gear and the o/d light would blink. took it in and sure enough needed a complete transmission rebuild. The shop even offered a better rebuild for a couple of hundred dollars more. So at $2200 I thought I wouldn't have this problem. Guess I was mistaken. I am now at about 147,000 and the transmission hesitates when I stop at a light sometimes. If I get up above 60 mph and incline at all, the o/d light starts flashing. I turn it off and the o/d light doesn't come back on until I repeat the last thing. Ford Motor Company needs to recall all 2002 ford explorers and replace the transmission with a reliable one, or they need to rebuild and figure out how to stop this problem from happening again.

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #328

Feb 102012

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

Overall I like the Explorer. We are a loyal Ford family. Have purchased 9 new fords over the years. Not to mention a couple of used ones, like this Explorer. When the o/d light started blinking, I investigated it over the web......I am not liking what I am hearing from so many people.

I too think Ford should step up to the plate and recall this transmission.

- , Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #327

Feb 252012

Explorer XLS 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,543 miles

this particular problem witht this ford explorer its not uncommon, I have talk to people they had this same problems with their transmission, ford has to take responsibility and repair our vehicles, I will never again buy another ford ......

- , Moline, Lllinois, USA

problem #326

Jan 132012

Explorer ES 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles






- , Prince George, VA, USA

problem #325

Aug 012011

Explorer XLS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Transmission o/d light blinks fast, hard to shift from first to second gear... Ford needs to recall this problem... 100k and it has transmission problems come on FORD!

- , Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #324

Jun 212011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,234 miles

I am unemployed, and bought this car with the $3700 that my ex husband gave me after his settlement from workmans comp. I do not have any money to fix this, and I have a elderly mother that depends on me, and I need this car to find a job. Its just frustrating. Never have I had this problem with fords. If I new the trans was built this way and no dipstick, I would have bought the 2000 ford explorer instead. I have always loved ford, defended ford, and driven a ford for the past 19 years.

- , Moore, OK, USA

problem #323

Sep 062011

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,682 miles

o/d light started blinking and also noticed hard shifting from 2nd to 3rd - problem just appeared out of nowhere yesterday.

Note, this is the 2nd time this car has needed transmission work - also needed transmission work at 59000 miles in August 2007

Since I went straight to dealer close by I just need the solenoid replaced but it is almost $900. I will be starting to look for a replacement car now.

I have liked this car overall, in spite of needing repairs here and there, but the 2002 Explorers definitely have problems with their transmission that indicates design or manufacturing flaws. I feel Ford should be recalling them or providing a warranty on any transmission repairs they do.

This car is a money pit!

- , Tustin, CA, USA

problem #322

Jan 252012

Explorer XLS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles

had the engine go (timer tensior went) back in sept of 2011, now this. cant catch a break with ford. 1st and last time I buy a ford. talked to my mechanic and he knew the problem right away, but I cant get there until tuesday...Hope the car holds up til then. Dont have another $3000 and cant afford another car payment....stuck between the rock and a hard place...have to go into debt even more i guess

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #321

Jan 052012

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

this explorer giving sow most problem some time i want to burn the truck........ford suck..!

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #320

Oct 062011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,000 miles

I have been very good to my explorer as I NEED it I live high in the moutains of Montana and we need a good rig. I noticed the tranny starting to vibrate as it was shifting only rolling down the highway then my OD light starting blinking and now the check engine light is on. I used to swear by fords but this whole sealed trany with to servicable parts is a disaster. Please recall.

- , Whitefish, MT, USA

problem #319

Oct 222011

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,196 miles

Just bought a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT, never even got the 60 miles home and the O/D light was blinking and 5 miles from home the service engine soon light came on as well. Have been all over the internet and am not happy with what I have been reading. We are to have a 30 day warrenty on it. Phoned when we got home told the salesman the problem and he told me to call back first thing monday morning. Oh you can bet I will be calling and they are paying.

Now I sit with no vehicle and I really think that Ford should step up to the plate. My old 1993 Explorer has almost 400,000 Kilometers on it and not a sniff of problems, except for hubs now! I really wonder why Ford has not step up to the plate on this one!!! I sure hope they are reading this!!!

- , Biggar, Sask, canada

problem #318

Jan 092012

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

We too are experiencing Transmission problems. Took it in and came back as code P0796 which means Pressure Control Solenoid Check performance or Stuck off. Told it would be $500-600 to repair. If it is only that, great we will fix it. But have also been told when calling around that it will most likely ending up being a broken gear and it will run $1700-$2100 to repair. With it being as high in miles as it is and with other issues (electrical) not sure if it is worth the repair. Unfortunately, we also cant afford another car payment at the moment.

We have replaced all bearings on this truck and have had the rear coil spring replaced once. The electrical issues have been the doors locking and unlocking while driving down the road, the door ajar warning going on and off while driving when all doors and hatch is secure, and the volume control turning up when we are trying to turn it down and vice versa. These problems are sporadic. Not to mention the standard cracked mid section on almost EVERY explorer I see below the rear hatch window. Also the peeling paint on the roof rack and around the windows.

- , Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #317

Jan 102012

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

O/D started blinking like crazy on me the other day and then my transmission starts slipping and clunking. Just found out I need to replace my tranny. I'm assuming this fixes the O/D light issue since they happened simultaneously, but we'll find out when I get the vehicle back in a couple days.

- , Orange, CA, USA

problem #316

Dec 202011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,180 miles

Second time this has happened first time in had 108,000 on the transmission

- , Potosi, MO, USA

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