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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,000 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.

2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 032006

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles


Both rear doors failed to open from the inside after being used only a few dozen times each. The cause was the interior door handle (plastic) broke inside the door. This is a big safety issue because this means that rear seat passengers cannot egress the vehicle without it being opened by someone on the outside. This is evidently a common problem with many Ford vehicles using this door handle - there should have been a recall issued years ago.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 012010

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that the driver's side rear body mount fractured and was protruding through the bottom of the cab. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.. updated 04/11/12 updated 04/30/12

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 212011

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Body mounts prematurely deteriorating and crumbling. Body rides loose on frame, which can impact safety of the vehicle and handing in an accident. All body mounts for the cab of the vehicle have failed and fall apart to the touch. Since this vehicle is a body on frame design, failed body mounts cannot keep the cab firmly attached to the frame of the truck. Apparently the rubber material used was detective.

- Houston, TX, USA

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