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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.

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,026 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer body / paint problems

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #60

Jun 072013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles

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

Driver side hinge disconnected, the bolt was missing. The shifting, unbalance weight caused passenger side hinge to crack. The window fell striking the back of the head of the owner, unlocking and reaching in to the cargo space. A small child was with her who could have been seriously injured, . had this top of the liftgate fallen off in traffic it would have caused serious injury and car damage. Many complaints of this manufacturing defect have been filed and recalls were in effect for other model years.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #59

Jun 112013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the panel around the rear glass of the liftgate detached from the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #58

Mar 312013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the rear liftgate panel became fractured. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic advised the contact that the panel would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Lynbrook, NY, USA

problem #57

Mar 312013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 83,202 miles

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

2005 Ford Explorer XLT rear plastic tailgate panel cracked from top to bottom around Ford oval emblem.

- Lynbrook, NY, USA

problem #56

Mar 182013

Explorer 8-cyl

  • 74,976 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there was a massive fracture under the rear exterior liftgate window panel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 74,976......updated 05/09/13 updated 06/10/2013

- Beaverton , OR, USA

problem #55

Mar 042013

Explorer

  • 81,300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there was a crack in the lift gate. The manufacturer was notified but they offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 81,300.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #54

Feb 182013

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles

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

Below rear window, top hatch crack out of no where. Reason for filing complaint is I just saw another Ford Explorer that had the same crack.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #53

Feb 072013

Explorer

  • 167,000 miles
The panel at the bottom of the rear lift gate window cracked the entire length of the panel. Approximately 8 inch crack. I have since seen several other Ford Explorer and a Mercury SUV with the same crack. Obviously Ford has a problem which they are not making good on.

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

problem #52

Feb 282012

Explorer

  • miles
The paint in the valleys on the roof has all flaked off and is rusting. Problem with the paint. I purchased this vehicle 2 years ago and first noticed it last year.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #51

Aug 162012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 100,102 miles
Liftgate plastic body panel cracked from top to bottom right side of the Ford emblem/logo.

- Hillsboro, OH, USA

problem #50

Nov 302012

Explorer

  • 120,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the rear hatch back panel developed a fracture. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician advised the contact that the panel needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 127,000.

- Hilliard, FL, USA

problem #49

Nov 292012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Liftgate plastic body panel cracked from top to bottom left of the Ford logo insert.

- Bradley Beach, NJ, USA

problem #48

Jan 182012

Explorer

  • 70,000 miles
The panel under the back lift window next to the emblem is cracked all the way across just like every one else's have done I wish they would fix it but that may not happen all the cars I have owned since I got my license have been Ford my first car was a 1955 2 door I still have it I guess the warranty is no good on it either.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #47

Nov 222012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Large crack through the entire lift gate panel under the window.

- Renfrew, PA, USA

problem #46

Oct 162012

Explorer 8-cyl

  • 81,649 miles
Went to load stuff into the back and noticed a spider crack on the plastic panel right below the rear glass panel. I have no idea how it got there but this seems to be reported by almost all 05 Explorer owners and it needs to be replaced under Ford's liability since it is such a common issue and not just a small amount of vehicles occurring this problem.

- Sun City, AZ, USA

problem #45

Nov 072012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 170,045 miles
My vehicle was parked. I went out in the morning to take my children to school. I noticed a large vertical crack in the lift gate panel to the right of the Ford emblem. It had not been driven. This happened overnight while my vehicle was parked. I did some research to find that this is a common problem with this year/model.

- New Castle, IN, USA

problem #44

Nov 162011

Explorer

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while parked the panel below the rear window of the tailgate of the vehicle was split. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the vehicle was not under any recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not seen by a technician or mechanic. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 68,292.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #43

Sep 282011

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 131,460 miles
Nothing that I am aware of happened. I was walking behind the vehicle in my drive way and noticed a long crack below the glass on the liftgate. As the weeks went on it kept cracking and now it is almost cracked all the way.

- Holyoke , CO, USA

problem #42

Sep 032012

Explorer

  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the panel under the rear window split around the outside of the window, which extended to the Ford emblem. The damage became progressively worse over time and the contact was concerned that the window could explode when she drove through a car wash. The contact also stated that heat could be a factor in the failure. In addition, the rear latch failed to engage when she attempted to close the rear window. The dealer was contacted and advised that she would be responsible for the repair costs since there were no recalls for the failure. Also, the tire sensor gauge remained illuminated at all times. The tire mechanic stated that the failure was a common problem that could have been caused by the spare tire. The contact stated that she had to check the air pressure of the tires on a continual basis. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Tucson , AZ, USA

problem #41

Mar 152012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Parked and went into grocery store. Came out going to where I had parked. As I walked up to the back of my vehicle I noticed a vertical crack in the panel under the rear window. At first I thought I was at the wrong vehicle because I knew my 2005 Explorer was not cracked. Upon further examination, I realized this was my vehicle. I have seen another Explorer around town with a vertical crack in the same spot. Seems to me this just might be a design problem. Believe Ford motor should repair at no cost.

- Texarkana, TX, USA

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