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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
132,200 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 #3

Sep 022014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 100,000 miles


My Ford Sport Trac has failed to lock when the gear shift is put into the park position. When you start to get out the vehicle will roll and you will hear a clicking noise in the transmission. It has done this for some time and I had it fixed once but it is doing it again.

- Creighton, MO, USA

problem #2

May 072014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While driving on an incline, the transmission slipped and the engine rpms increased abnormally. The vehicle stalled and the overdrive warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred approximately ten times and at various speeds. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Kite, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 092014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 96,600 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact was driving with the vehicle speed control engaged at 68 mph when the failure occurred. The vehicle began to decelerate and some smoke was present underneath the vehicle. When the contact opened the hood there was no evidence of smoke in the engine area. The contact was concerned about the housing unit being cracked other than for being defective, cold temperature or high heat that comes in contact with it. The housing unit should never split apart. The thermostat housing unit was leaking. The over drive warning light illuminated prior to the failure. The contact was forced to drive the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The vehicle would drive forward or in reverse and it also failed to function in first gear. The vehicle would only move forward in second gear. The contact was able to continue driving five miles in second gear to his residence at 35 mph. After the failure occurred the contact also added anti freeze to the vehicle. The transmission also failed shortly after the failure occurred and he was unable to drive in reverse gear. The mechanic stated that the bands in the transmission may have caused the failure to occur. A local mechanic replaced the thermostat housing unit which has three hoses attached to it. Ford was currently checking the transmission to determine the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 96,600. The current mileage was 96,620.

- Livonia , MI, USA

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