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.

3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 282007

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The vehicle had been parked for an hour and then caught fire. There were no flames, but the passenger compartment was engulfed in smoke. The passenger seat was almost entirely burned. The contact believes the failure may have been caused by the seat heater. The vehicle is currently at the dealer and the cause of failure has not yet been determined. The current and failure mileages were 36,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

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