Re: The Real Story: 2006 Explorer V8 4.6L Transmission Flawed?
I do not know if it's the same transmission as in the 2002 V8, but I think the general consensus is that there major design defects in the 2002 and later transmissions. Search this forum for prior posts, especially those from Ford mechanics. Many with the same symptoms and complaints. Check out Consumer Reports which, based upon massive consumer surveying rates the Explorer overall poor in reliability. And "Transmission / drivetrain troublespot" is rated the worst or worse for 2002-2006. 2007 is rated better but then those have a lot fewer miles on them adn there was a redesign of some components. I have spent way too much money fixing the drive train on my original owner 2002 XLT V-8, including at a little over 100k miles, a full transmission rebuild at $3800. I don't think that this is a rare problem with loud complaints only coming from the few that got stung.