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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
150,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. Ford should make the part(s) out of metal (1 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 252006

Explorer Sport Trac LXT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles


The driver's side rear door would not open from the inside. I have no kids and very seldom have passengers, so that door probably wasn't opened from the inside more than 20 times before it broke. Apparently, it broke internally, and was replaced by the dealer (It was not due to the kiddie lock), and I had to pay about $150 for that fix.

A couple years later the passenger side rear door had the same problem and would not open. This time I diagnosed the problem (using the Internet), and found the same problem - namely, that the door handle was broken. I bought a new handle and repaired it myself. Probably that door hadn't been opened from the inside more than 40 times before it broke.

Not being able to egress the vehicle is obviously a big safety issue, and since that problem occurred on my two rear doors when neither was used more than a couple dozen times speaks to a significant design or manufacturing issue. NHTSA should have recalled that handle and demanded Ford replace them all with a sturdier handle (metal instead of plastic).

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

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