Ford Explorer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Explorer owners have reported a total of 21,067 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Ford Explorer. The 2002 Ford Explorer cars have the most problems reported (3,395 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Ford Explorer

  Common problems of Ford Explorer

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Ford Explorer cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (3,370 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's tires (2,566 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Explorer

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
3,370
  Tire
2,566
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,259
  Structure
1,816
  Equipment
1,724
  Steering
1,434
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,150
  Electrical System
1,085
  Suspension
861
  Visibility
706
   
  Service Brakes
705
  Air Bag
695
  Other Fuel System
510
  Seats
394
  Wheel
315
  Seat Belt
304
  Latches/locks/linkage
258
  Gasoline Fuel System
252
  Unknown Or Other
218
  Exterior Lighting
215
  Electronic Stability Control
122
  Parking Brake
47
  Child Seat
20
  Interior Lighting
17
  Air Brake
13
  Traction Control System
10
  Forward Collision Avoidance
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Ford Explorer of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Explorer model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Ford Explorer model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Explorer Model Years

Explorer
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 5645,7501    
1.22
  2017 345357,7212    
0.48
  2016 883279,3873    
1.05
  2015 747224,4094    
0.83
  2014 787209,1125    
0.75
  2013 1,168239,4136    
0.81
  2012 52086,9167    
0.85
  2011 82982,8078    
1.25
  2010 11872,2489    
0.18
  2009 3925,87210    
0.15
  2008 18689,89211    
0.19
  2007 233107,10812    
0.18
  2006 703177,60613    
0.30
  2005 538197,64514    
0.19
  2004 1,408295,68915    
0.32
  2003 1,197301,25116    
0.25
  2002 3,395492,58017    
0.41
  2001 395227,74818    
0.10
  2000 958378,38319    
0.13

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Ford Explorer is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Explorer
53
  2017 Explorer
183
  2016 Explorer
389
  2015 Explorer
168
  2014 Explorer
142
  2013 Explorer
144
  2012 Explorer
74
  2011 Explorer
58
  2010 Explorer
26
  2009 Explorer
4
  2008 Explorer
16
  2007 Explorer
19
  2006 Explorer
57
  2005 Explorer
27
  2004 Explorer
133
  2003 Explorer
110
  2002 Explorer
163
  2001 Explorer
80
  2000 Explorer
193
  1999 Explorer
215
  1998 Explorer
233
  1997 Explorer
92
  1996 Explorer
141


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