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2005 Ford Explorer
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005 Ford Explorer one of our worst vehicles on record. "Avoid like the plague" is putting it lightly.
The 2002-2005 Explorer has a very well-established record of expensive transmission failure at under 100k miles. The Explorer has an enclosed transmission which is typically replaced with a rebuilt transmission at a cost of almost $3,000.
Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the rear panel cracking. While it's a minor annoyance compared to transmission failure, ironically the crack usually goes right through the Ford logo.
Worst 2005 Explorer Problems by Category
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- body / paint problems303NHTSA complaints: 143
- transmission problems153NHTSA complaints: 42
- interior accessories problems85NHTSA complaints: 8
- engine problems52NHTSA complaints: 76
- wheels / hubs problems41NHTSA complaints: 23
- AC / heater problems35NHTSA complaints: 2
- fuel system problems23NHTSA complaints: 62
- drivetrain problems19NHTSA complaints: 48
- windows / windshield problems17NHTSA complaints: 20
- electrical problems10NHTSA complaints: 27
- exterior accessories problems8NHTSA complaints: 14
- seat belts / air bags problems5NHTSA complaints: 14
- suspension problems4NHTSA complaints: 13
- brakes problems3NHTSA complaints: 14
- exhaust system problems3NHTSA complaints: 1
- cooling system problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- lights problems1NHTSA complaints: 2
- steering problemsNHTSA: 10
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 6
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