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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,867 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 212011

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 89,100 miles


Transmission went out at 89,000 miles. This is the second Ford I've had that the transmission went out at 89,000. I have also had several brake issues that Ford refused to address after extended warranty expired.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 162007

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,500 miles
With no advance warning, the O/D off light began flashing and the transmission began to slip. Mechanic said the transmission is shot. I have not done any of the work yet, as I can not afford $3000 in repairs. I have since found out that this problem occurs on a large number of Ford Explorer.

- Ralston, NE, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
This Ford Explorer Sport track was bought new. I previously had a Ford Explorer. The reason I traded was because of the roll over rate. The dealership where I purchased this vehicle gave me a run down on the newly designed Explorer tellin me that the new design had corrected the roll over problem in whick Ford Motor Company has had several law suits. I have two grandchilden we are raising and I most curtainly don't feel safe in this vehicle after reading the articles on this site and the article in the fort worth star telegram. I have had this vehicle in the shop twice for transmission problems and powersteering problems. Both times they said they found nothing. Please advise me in what I should do.

- Stephenville, TX, USA

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