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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,667 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

May 082006

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


: the contact stated while driving a rattling noise was heard. This occurred at various speeds. Upon inspection, a fracture was observed on the frame of the rear driver's side. The fracture became larger over time. The dealership was unable to determine the cause of the fracture, but recommended removing the bolts, and adding a metal patch to the frame. Updated 06/07/2006.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #2

Aug 012004

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
Problems with tires on 2003 Ford Explorer. There was a vibration in the front end, the tire were noticed worn on the inside, there was also a problem with the rear end which was tilted due to a bent frame, the rear end leaked as well. The dealer claimed that they couldn't find anything wrong. (three sets of tires in 20K miles and about two weeks later, they had to replaced one of the back tires again) the noise and vibration remained.

- Wallace, WV, USA

problem #1

Jul 082004

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The vehicle was purchased new with a bent frame and a bent rear axle. The vehicle was difficult to steer. 6 sets of tires were used and replaced during this defect. The consumer took the vehicle to dealer where it was diagnosed as a bent frame. However, the dealer will do nothing about the problem. There was a vibration in the front of the vehicle, the dealers didn't find a problem. A couple of weeks later, the consumer noticed that the tires were worn on the inside. The consumer was informed that the rear end was tilted and there was no adjustment for this. The consumer was informed that the frame was bent. Three sets of tires in 20K miles and about 2 weeks later, they had to replace 1 of the back tires again. The noise and vibration remained the same. The consumer requested to be compensated for the bent frame. The rear differential cover leaked.

- Wallace, WV, USA

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