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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,434 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.

2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 232014

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 105,230 miles


My gas gauge needle started going beyond full then intermittently would be on E when I just filled it. Each time I would start the truck the gas gauge would show different needle readings. After a month or so it the gas needle quit moving or reading at all. I assumed it was in the fuel tank. I took it in to shop and after taking off the fuel tank there was no problem found. I had to replace the entire cluster panel. Cost almost $1000. There are quite a few comments on the gas gauge not working correctly.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 102013

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 112,473 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that the ignition switch was loose. The contact took the vehicle to be diagnosed and was advised by an independent mechanic that the ignition switch would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,437.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 032008

Explorer Sport Trac

  • miles
Cruise control has failed and needed to be repaired 3 times in the past year and a half. The dealer tells me that the switch in the steering wheel is defective, but I do not believe him. How can the same switch fail and be replaced 3 times. It is something deeper in the system, however changing the switch out alleviates the problem for a while. Now that the truck is out of warranty, it will become a major headache.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 022005

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles
Brakes, shocks, rear axle, cruse control, alignment

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

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