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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,130 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 142012

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


The body mounts on the vehicle are desintegrating. I touched it with my hand and it fell apart. Body mounts should last much longer.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #9

Feb 012011

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 161,673 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an automotive repair shop where a mechanic performed a diagnostic test and detected a malfunction in the emissions control system. The manufacturer had issued a voluntary recall for the emissions control system however, the contact's vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 161,673.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 032004

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
I bought a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac new. Shortly after have electric window problems drivers door back passenger window and now the passenger door window, bad body mounts, and idles bad when in park or stopped at a red light. RPM's 500 to 1000 back down to 500-400. 2002 had a baby girl 1 1/2 years and another on the way needed a 4 door and also for work. I kick my self every day that I have owned it but had no choice money was tight and still is could not afford every time getting things fixed so I lived with it!!!! until I found this web page I am fed up I have always owned Ford but after this im not so sure anymore! and reading other peoples with the same problems the Sport Trac is one big lemon!!!!!!

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 032006

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While driving 40 mph, the oxygen sensor caused the check engine light to illuminate and the cruise control failed at 40,000 miles. The dealer promised over the phone to repair both the recall and the engine light, but later denied service because the vehicle was 24,000 miles over the limit to repair the oxygen sensor. The technician disconnected the cruise control switch to prevent a fire from occurring until the parts for the recall were available. A year has passed and the dealer still does not have the parts for the repair. The recall number was unknown. The current mileage was 56,000 and failure mileage was 40,000.

- West Park , FL, USA

problem #6

Sep 292004

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 33,000 miles
While driving vehicle stalled. The consumer pulled over and restarted the vehicle. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Millry, AL, USA

problem #5

Sep 012004

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
Problems with vehicle engine stalling while driving. This was an intermittent problem. There would be no warning.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 062003

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles


I purchased a Ford Explorer Sport Trac in Dec. 2002. I have been in and out of the service department a number of times. The following is a list of items that I've had repaired under warranty: 1.) front brakes: A loud rubbing/griding sound became increasingly louder. The first time the service dept. Folks said that it was normal. The next time I brought the car in, they could deny the noise and they subsequently replace one rotor and resurfaced the other. 2.) rear axle: A broken seal allowed hydroulic fluid to cover inside of the rear wheel causing difficulty in braking. The service dept. Repaired under warranty 3.) the transfer case for the 4-wheel drive was leaking fluid. The service dept. Repaired under warranty. 4.) the vehicle stalls a numerous amounts of times (10-15 times) since I've owned it. It stalls while I'm driving at 35 miles per hour, in reverse, day or night. When I go for an errand and park, the vehicle will not start. An hour later, when the tow truck is there, the vehicle start. It drives me crazy!! the service dept. Says they cannot do anything because nothing registers on the computer and they cannot simulate the problem. The last time it happened (08-04-04) merging on to the freeway it stalled. Upon start-up, black smoke poured out of the exhaust and idling was extremely rough. I had it towed to a Ford dealership. The service dept replaced a mass airflow meter under warrenty. The vehicle runs...I'll cross my fingers!! my current problem is that the front tires are severly cupping and the front end viberates at 60 mph and over. The vehicle has 25K miles and the tires have been rotated 5 times about every 5K miles. I had the wheels checked for alignment and balance and it is to specifications. The service dept says its normal and to continue with the rotations. The tires are wearing unevenly and prematurely. The tire shop recommends that the shocks and struts be replaced. The service dept does not.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

problem #3

May 262004

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 22,288 miles
While driving at any speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide additional information.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 152003

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 12,023 miles
All four tires were slightly cupping, and the brakes made a thumping noise when they were depressed. Dealership replaced the pads, lubed the front caliper slide pin, and replaced rotors. Vehicle experiencing problems with tires cupping. The following repairs were performed on the vehicle: Engine replaced, brakes, replaced, alignment, battery wiring assembly repaired, dpfe sensor replaced. Consumer asked dealer for a full refund on vehicle.

- Baltimore, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 192003

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,812 miles
While merging onto a freeway, couldn't get over 2,000 RPM and thus couldn't get enough speed to merge on at over 25mph. Vehicle stalled several times while trying to get off the freeway. New vehicle has 10812 miles. Ford maintenance dept stated they couldn't find anything wrong, it ran fine for them. My husband went to pick up the vehicle and in drive it ran, in neutral couldn't get more than 2,000 RPM, mechanic said it was the governor, needless to say, my husband said fix the car. They still have my truck.

- Jolon, CA, USA

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