Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
97,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2005 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles


I just bought this Vehicle and yes i know i have a call into the car lot about it but sucks that each day a different alarm goes off has to be something simple please tell me i didn't just waste 13k for nothing.

- , Ripley, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 032009

Explorer XLT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

This is really annoying. The door ajar light is on and it chimes until you get down the road a little bit. The driver side door lock isn't working either. I really would like to know how to fix this issue and a cost of repair. My dad retired from Ford and he doesn't even know what the problem is. If I can get an answer on the problem, my brother is a Ford mechanic and may possibly be able to help me.

- , Thornton, KY, USA

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