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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,341 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.

2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 092016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 126,260 miles


Instrument cluster failure. Caused all my lights (interior and exterior) to go out while I was driving in heavy traffic in the dark on an 8 lane interstate. Took the vehicle to an auto electric shop for diagnosis. Took to Ford dealer for repair. Have been waiting for almost 2 months for the replacement part (instrument cluster). Ford says it is on back order. Note: This is a safety hazard!

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 122016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 162,787 miles
Instrument cluster cuts out and resarts then cuts out again causing no speedometer tach fuel gauge oil pressure temperature and voltage gauge to stop working. Electric windows won't work radio out odometer blank happens randomly in any condition idle driving every when not in the vehicle. You can hear the relay clicking from outside the vehicle.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 072014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact was unable to activate the hazard lights because the entire electrical system had failed. The contact managed to merge over to the emergency lane. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for a diagnosis. The technician was able to restart the vehicle but was unable to diagnose the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Longfield , LA, USA

problem #3

Jun 252014

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles


The speedometer gets stuck at different speed and the RPM gauge does the same. This is very dangerous, you could be driving faster than you think. The engine check light also comes on. I can sometime reset using the trip counter reset button. This problem seem to be getting worst. My speedometer seem to be getting stuck more often now and it seem to be getting harder to reset.

- Lewisburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012011

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that the instrument cluster was defective. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who confirmed that the instrument cluster failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance and referred her to NHTSA. The vehicle identification number was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 91,000.

- Leominster , MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 282005

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while vehicle was parked for two hours a it caught on fire. The fire department was called to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was towed by the insurance company, no reports have been filed. The cause of fire was unknown, and the manufacturer has not been contacted.

- Ashville , AL, USA

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