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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 problems224NHTSA complaints: 103
- transmission problems118NHTSA complaints: 41
- interior accessories problems54NHTSA complaints: 7
- electrical problems39NHTSA complaints: 19
- engine problems26NHTSA complaints: 63
- AC / heater problems24NHTSA complaints: 2
- wheels / hubs problems23NHTSA complaints: 17
- drivetrain problems19NHTSA complaints: 36
- fuel system problems16NHTSA complaints: 51
- windows / windshield problems15NHTSA complaints: 19
- brakes problems4NHTSA complaints: 10
- exhaust system problems3NHTSA complaints: 1
- seat belts / air bags problems3NHTSA complaints: 12
- suspension problems3NHTSA complaints: 12
- exterior accessories problems2NHTSA complaints: 14
- steering problems2NHTSA complaints: 8
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 7
- lights problemsNHTSA: 2
- cooling system problemsNHTSA: 1
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