2002 Ford Explorer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Common problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

3,387 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 1,391 problems.
The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure
(436 problems).

Table 1. Common problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

In our research we use the PPMY index to compare the reliability of vehicles. The PPMY index of a certain model 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]. If the total number of problems reported by Ford Explorer owners in the last 16 years is 3387, and the age of the vehicle is 16, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

The following chart shows the number of 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

2018

5

2017

27

2016

62

2015

62

2014

94

2013

85

2012

112

2011

165

2010

331

2009

303

2008

447

2007

328

2006

299

2005

323

2004

285

2003

169

2002

13

Compare the 2002 Ford Explorer with Other Model Years

When making the decision between buying a new or used Ford Explorer,
the following table can be used to compare the 2002 Ford Explorer
with the Ford Explorer from other model years.
Note that the number of problems reported for the 2002 Explorer is 3,387
while the average number of problems reported for the 23 model years of the Ford Explorer is 869.

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