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2002 Ford Explorer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

small car iamge Common problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

3,380 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 (434 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. 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 15 years is 3380, and the age of the vehicle is 15, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 3380 / 492,580 / 15 * 1000 = 0.46.

For more information, refer to this page: A study of reliability comparison across Ford Explorer model year vehicles.

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
  2002
13
  2003
169
  2004
285
  2005
323
  2006
299
  2007
328
  2008
447
  2009
303
  2010
331
  2011
165
  2012
112
  2013
85
  2014
94
  2015
62
  2016
62
  2017
25

small car iamge 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 3,380 while the average number of problems reported for the 22 model years of the Ford Explorer is 884.

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2017 Explorer
165
  2016 Explorer
626
  2015 Explorer
526
  2014 Explorer
602
  2013 Explorer
859
  2012 Explorer
434
  2011 Explorer
734
  2010 Explorer
102
  2009 Explorer
31
  2008 Explorer
172
  2007 Explorer
214
  2006 Explorer
687
  2005 Explorer
519
  2004 Explorer
1,384
  2003 Explorer
1,184
  2002 Explorer
3,380
  2001 Explorer
390
  2000 Explorer
951
  1999 Explorer
1,345
  1998 Explorer
1,964
  1997 Explorer
1,736
  1996 Explorer
1,459


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