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2005 Ford Explorer
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 electrical Problems
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- ABS and 4X4 lights blink and AWD track light on7
- loose all power while driving7
- alternator failure6
- reducing speed with cruise controll causes engine to die5
- tire pressure light flashing on4
- all gauge lights are flashing then it stalls3
- car stalls when cruise control comes on3
- heated seats turns on and off2
- alarm goes off for no reason1
- change oil reminder alarm keeps going off1
- disconnect battery = engine failsafe mode1
- engine fail safe mode1
- headlights and interior lights are not automatic1
- horn works intermittently1
- keyfob not working1
- remotes will not open doors1
- NHTSA: Electrical System17
- NHTSA: Electrical System: Ignition1
- NHTSA: Electrical System: Wiring1
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