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2002 Ford Explorer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



small car iamge Common problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

3,318 problems have been reported for the 2002 Ford Explorer. The following chart shows the 24 most common problems for 2002 Ford Explorer. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train with 1,377 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure (429 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

small car iamge PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. PPMY index is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. The total sales of the 2002 Ford Explorer in the United States are 492,580 units [1]. The total number of problems reported by Ford Explorer owners in the last 14 years is 3318, The age of the vehicle is 14, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 3318 / 492,580 / 14 * 1000 = 0.48.

Also see A study of reliability comparison across Ford Explorer model year vehicles.

The following chart shows the problems reported during each of the service years since the debut of the 2002 Ford Explorer in 2002.

Table 2. PPMY Index and Problem Occurrence Trend

Service Year Number of Problems
  2002
13
  2003
169
  2004
284
  2005
323
  2006
299
  2007
328
  2008
446
  2009
302
  2010
330
  2011
165
  2012
112
  2013
85
  2014
92
  2015
60
  2016
33

small car iamge Compare the 2002 Ford Explorer with Other Model Years

When buying a new or used Ford Explorer, make sure to check out the following table and see how the 2002 Ford Explorer compare with other Ford Explorer model years. We note that the number of problems reported for the 2002 Explorer is 3,318 while the average number of problems reported for the 21 model years of Ford Explorer is 800.

Table 3. Compare the 2002 Ford Explorer with other model years

Model Year Number of Problems
  2016 Explorer
101
  2015 Explorer
97
  2014 Explorer
186
  2013 Explorer
402
  2012 Explorer
279
  2011 Explorer
561
  2010 Explorer
85
  2009 Explorer
20
  2008 Explorer
143
  2007 Explorer
196
  2006 Explorer
644
  2005 Explorer
486
  2004 Explorer
1,339
  2003 Explorer
1,155
  2002 Explorer
3,318
  2001 Explorer
379
  2000 Explorer
940
  1999 Explorer
1,337
  1998 Explorer
1,961
  1997 Explorer
1,731
  1996 Explorer
1,454


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