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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
75,044 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. dealership wants 2k to overhaul the transmission (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. transmission shop replaced "range finder switch" (1 reports)
2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 092011

Explorer Sport Trac XL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


Its been several months and my 2004 Ford Sport Trac has been giving me problems with the transmission and the o/d light. Sometimes when I'm going to work after ten minutes it starts to feel like the transmission is slipping. I'm just wondering when is the day that my truck is going to leave me stranded out in the desert in the 115 degrees hot sun.

I just get nerves every day I go to work and know the o/d light is turning on and flashing too, that makes me more nervous. I bought this Ford truck because I thought since it is made in America and is built to last, like they say in the commercials. But you know what!!!! I now feel that they should back up there vehicles like China does, 100,000 mile warranty. This s**.

I know I'm thinking the worst of the Ford company. They better do something or they are going to run out of buisness.!!!!!.

- , Coachella, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009

Explorer Sport Trac V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Oh my goodness! Really really. Bought vehicle with 15,000 miles and now just getting fixed at 94,000 and the transmission shop says it needs a rebuild. What in the world = Ford really needs to help people out because it seems to be the same with everyone else. Also just spent 600.00 after spending 300.00 thinking the water pump went bad, but no the thermostat housing had a crack. hopefully, fingers crossed it will hold for a while!!

- , Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

We've only owned the 2004 for a couple of years, bought it at a good price although it had 83 k miles on it. We weren't worried about it since it was only gonna be driven around town on the weekends. Now we know why we got it for the price it was, the original owner probably already had problems with it and got rid of it when he could. Now the dealership wants 2k to overhaul a transmission that's only five years old??!! This is a ripoff from ford since this many people have a problem with the transmission.

- , Fernandina Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 152008

Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,175 miles

O/D light flashing and around 30 km/per hr the RPM's go up to about 4 and the truck shifts hard into gear, I took it to MR. Transmission, they replaced the "Range Finder Switch" paid $270 for that, 20 minutes after leaving the shop, the transmission shifts hard into gear again and blink blink, O/D light starts flashing again..I called the mechanic immediately and told him, truck was acting the same as when I first brought it into him. He informs me, its probably internal transmission problem and to bring it back in and to replace the tranny will cost approx. $4000.00, I still owe $12,000.00 on this piece of crap. I am sick to my stomach over this. I babied this truck, regular service, drove it normally, all for what??? It's complete B.S. only 58,000km on it. Never ever again will I buy a Ford. I might call Ford, however after seeing hundreds of complaints from other explorer owners who had the same problem since the 90's, I doubt they will do anything. my warranty was 36months/60,000km, it has only 58,000 but is 4 years old...if anyone can offer me the right solution to fixing this problem I would greatly appreciate it..

- , Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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