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2002 Ford Explorer - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



small car iamge Common problems of the 2002 Ford Explorer

3,191 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 1,349 problems. The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure (415 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 13 years is 3191, The age of the vehicle is 13, the PPMY index can then be calculated as

      PPMY Index = 3191 / 433,847 / 13 * 1000 = 0.57.

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
298
  2007
328
  2008
446
  2009
302
  2010
329
  2011
159
  2012
103
  2013
67
  2014
85
  2015
8

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 3,191 while the average number of problems reported for the 20 model years of Ford Explorer is 776.

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  1996 Explorer
1,450
  1997 Explorer
1,726
  1998 Explorer
1,945
  1999 Explorer
1,327
  2000 Explorer
919
  2001 Explorer
356
  2002 Explorer
3,191
  2003 Explorer
1,065
  2004 Explorer
1,265
  2005 Explorer
431
  2006 Explorer
574
  2007 Explorer
151
  2008 Explorer
115
  2009 Explorer
16
  2010 Explorer
73
  2011 Explorer
432
  2012 Explorer
182
  2013 Explorer
197
  2014 Explorer
106
  2015 Explorer
14


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