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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,000 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

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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