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2002 Ford Explorer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



small car iamge Common problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

3,147 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 1,338 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure (412 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 433,847 units [1]. The total number of problems reported by Ford Explorer owners in the last 12 years is 3147, The age of the vehicle is 12, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 3147 / 433,847 / 12 * 1000 = 0.60.

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
283
  2005
323
  2006
298
  2007
328
  2008
446
  2009
301
  2010
329
  2011
159
  2012
101
  2013
64
  2014
56

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 3,147 while the average number of problems reported for the 19 model years of Ford Explorer is 798.

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Explorer
1,449
  1997 Explorer
1,726
  1998 Explorer
1,937
  1999 Explorer
1,321
  2000 Explorer
912
  2001 Explorer
354
  2002 Explorer
3,147
  2003 Explorer
1,043
  2004 Explorer
1,216
  2005 Explorer
408
  2006 Explorer
557
  2007 Explorer
137
  2008 Explorer
90
  2009 Explorer
15
  2010 Explorer
64
  2011 Explorer
400
  2012 Explorer
154
  2013 Explorer
162
  2014 Explorer
77


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