Ford Explorer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Explorer owners have reported a total of 20,301 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 (3,391 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 (3,317 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's tires (2,562 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Explorer

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
3,317
  Tire
2,562
  Engine And Engine Cooling
2,164
  Structure
1,767
  Equipment
1,603
  Steering
1,224
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,139
  Electrical System
1,040
  Suspension
852
  Service Brakes
690
   
  Visibility
690
  Air Bag
666
  Other Fuel System
476
  Seats
388
  Seat Belt
291
  Wheel
282
  Latches/locks/linkage
258
  Gasoline Fuel System
251
  Unknown Or Other
218
  Exterior Lighting
209
  Electronic Stability Control
106
  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
  2017 257357,7211    
0.72
  2016 768279,3872    
1.37
  2015 645224,4093    
0.96
  2014 693209,1124    
0.83
  2013 1,018239,4135    
0.85
  2012 47686,9166    
0.91
  2011 76582,8077    
1.32
  2010 10872,2488    
0.19
  2009 3525,8729    
0.15
  2008 18289,89210    
0.20
  2007 218107,10811    
0.19
  2006 697177,60612    
0.33
  2005 531197,64513    
0.21
  2004 1,397295,68914    
0.34
  2003 1,190301,25115    
0.26
  2002 3,391492,58016    
0.43
  2001 395227,74817    
0.10
  2000 954378,38318    
0.14

  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
25
  2017 Explorer
176
  2016 Explorer
385
  2015 Explorer
167
  2014 Explorer
142
  2013 Explorer
138
  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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