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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 problems313NHTSA complaints: 147
- transmission problems161NHTSA complaints: 42
- interior accessories problems88NHTSA complaints: 8
- engine problems52NHTSA complaints: 78
- wheels / hubs problems41NHTSA complaints: 23
- AC / heater problems36NHTSA complaints: 2
- fuel system problems23NHTSA complaints: 64
- drivetrain problems20NHTSA complaints: 52
- windows / windshield problems19NHTSA complaints: 20
- electrical problems10NHTSA complaints: 29
- exterior accessories problems9NHTSA complaints: 15
- seat belts / air bags problems5NHTSA complaints: 16
- suspension problems4NHTSA complaints: 14
- brakes problems3NHTSA complaints: 16
- exhaust system problems3NHTSA complaints: 1
- cooling system problems1NHTSA complaints: 1
- lights problems1NHTSA complaints: 2
- steering problemsNHTSA: 11
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 8
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