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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.

6.4

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$490.00
Average Mileage:
77,992 miles
Total Complaints:
229 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Ford should recall based on 2002-2005 complaints (113 reports)
  2. Ford should fix it if reported,being it's a known defect!!! (64 reports)
  3. not sure (30 reports)
  4. part needs to be replaced (13 reports)
  5. replace (4 reports)
  6. re-initiate the charity repair solution (2 reports)
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body / paint problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 12)

problem #229

Dec 112014

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

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

I HAVE HAD SOOOOOOO MANY PROBLEMS WITH MY EXPLORER AND I AM FINDING OUT THAT THESE PROBLEMS ARE HAPPENING TO TONS OF OTHER PEOPLE. I CONSIDER THESE DEFECTS AND FORD SHOULD HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT!

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #228

Jan 172015

Explorer LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

The crack in the rear panel of my 2005 Explorer has now blown out my rear window. The crack has been there for some time, today I closed the upper part, gently, and the window blew out.... glass went everywhere... my kids almost got blasted by the glass. This problem must be settled by Ford Motor Company, before someone really gets hurt.

- , Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #227

Nov 182014

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I THINK THIS SHOULD BE A RECALL AS A DEFECTIVE PART. I WAS AWAY FOR THE WEEKEND AND CAME BACK AND NOTICED THE CRACK. I THOUGHT SOMEONE DID A HIT AND RUN AT FIRST, HAD THE PLACE I LIVE CHECK, THERE CAMERAS AND NOTHING SHOWED UP BUT JUST A DEFAULT IN THE PART.

I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT FORD HASN'T TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ISSUE, HOPEFULLY THEY WILL TAKE OWNERSHIP ON THIS.

- , Chatham, IL, USA

problem #226

Nov 102014

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,500 miles

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

My vehicle just developed the crack this past November. I called Ford and the lady I spoke to said my warranty was up and that there had not been a recall on my vehicle. I asked her how that could be since the problem involved Ford Explorers 2002 - 2005 and mine was a 2005. She explained that it depended on what facility it was manufactured in. I asked what difference that made if it was a Ford defect. She said they only recalled vehicles from certain locations. I am a loyal Ford owner as are all my sons. I cannot believe Ford wants to treat loyal customers like that. I am a senior female getting ready to retire and I cannot afford to buy a new car and have now been put in the position of either paying to get something fixed that was not my fault or driving around with an ugly crack on the back panel. Shame on you FORD!!

- , Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #225

Dec 302014

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

It is well documented that Ford is well aware of the problem...and for a while was helping the owners with help towards fixing...but apparently that has stopped...4 out of 5 has this problem

- , Santa Ana, California, USA

problem #224

Aug 122009

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I think the same as every other explorer in this year range, it has the crack. My window hasn't fallen out yet so I haven't gotten it fixed. Plus, I figured if I paid to have it fixed it would just crack again.

- , Pleasant Dale, NE, USA

problem #223

May 162011

Explorer LXT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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

I have had my Ford for a long time now and one day I notice a crack near the Ford Emblem. It just appeared out of nowhere and I have noticed it on other Ford vehicles. This is definitely a defect and should be replaced by Ford.

- , Fruitland, NM, USA

problem #222

Jan 012009

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Very disappointed in Ford for knowing this would happen while manufacturing but did nothing to fix.

- , McIntosh, NM, USA

problem #221

Aug 012009

Explorer XLT Sport V6 4.Ol Sohc Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

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cracked panel below the rear window

The cracked rear lift gate panel is a real disappointment. One I didn't expect from a quality manufacturer. What's worse, Ford has not recognized its responsibility to fix it given the grand scale of occurrences. It makes me very unlikely to purchase another Ford product.

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #220

Jun 012012

Explorer XLT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

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cracked panel below the rear window

Ford should reimburse. 75% Ford Expl with same problem. Tried going thru Ford. Didn't want to hear about it. Said it wasn't a safety issue.

- , Concord, NC - North Carolina, USA

problem #219

Jun 172008

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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

Every Ford Explorer I have seen here in Florida from 2002-2005 models have this crack. I noticed this and was very meticulous about closing the hatch evenly at all times. One morning I went outside to load the car for a get away and my rear panel was cracked. Ever since then I get noises coming from the back sounding like something is uneven on the window. Ford...you are the trusted brand. Stand behind your design!

- , Ocala, FL, USA

problem #218

Apr 202014

Explorer Eddie Bauer 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

As noted by many others, I now have a crack in my tailgate by the Ford blue oval emblem! Ford should repair/replace the tailgate.

- , Rivervale, NJ, USA

problem #217

May 312006

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

Nothing was supposed to be wrong or any other issues or problems when I purchased my 2005 Ford Explorer.!!!

- , Bowlegs, OK, USA

problem #216

Jun 232014

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,742 miles

This was the second time the rear panel had cracked. I sent Ford an e-mail about my 2nd time experience and never received a reply back. Ford should be held responsible for the defect.

- , Pollock Pines, CA, USA

problem #215

Aug 152012

Explorer ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

There was no hard or exaggerated slamming of the back hatch and one time it split open.

- , Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #214

Sep 052014

Explorer ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Overall this is not a bad vehicle, but for the price I don't feel that I should have problems with:

1. Air Conditioning. - Works when it wants to.

2. Transmission out at 76K - Just when the warranty is out.

(I have a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant, that has over 200,000 miles and the same engine and transmission)

3. Crack on the back panel. Just appeared out of nowhere.

- , Richmond, CA, USA

problem #213

Jun 102007

Explorer XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

Worst car ever, two trannys, rear differential replaced within 5 years, last Ford product I will ever buy new.

- , Stockton Springs, ME, USA

problem #212

Dec 222009

Explorer LX V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I see many Explorers with the same cracked panel and Ford does nothing to make it right. Fix your problem Ford ..

- , St Charles, Missouri, USA

problem #211

Jun 112014

Explorer XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,383 miles

The rear panel cracked spontaneously. Since this happened, I have seen multiple Ford Explorers with cracks on the rear panel, therefore I know this is a defect in workmanship/materials and feel Ford should replace it. I contacted Ford myself and received an email telling me it was not covered, and that I should have it fixed and retain the receipts in the event they decide to cover this in the future. Then I might get my money back. I really like my Explorer and have never had any other problems with it, but this crack is VERY obvious and makes my vehicle look bad.

- , Carthage, MS, USA

problem #210

Jan 012010

Explorer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Ford should fix this. I take exceptional care of my investment and I should not have to pay for this.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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