Notes: The 2005 Ford Explorer one of our worst vehicles on record. "Avoid like the plague" is putting it lightly.

The 2002-2005 Explorer has a very well-established record of expensive transmission failure at under 100k miles. The Explorer has an enclosed transmission which is typically replaced with a rebuilt transmission at a cost of almost $3,000.

Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the rear panel cracking. While it's a minor annoyance compared to transmission failure, ironically the crack usually goes right through the Ford logo.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,500 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 AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 102010


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there was a fracture in the rear panel of the rear window. In addition, the air conditioner blend door was fractured and would not allow air to pass through the ventilation system. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 67,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Oct 202010

(reported on)

Explorer 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Ford Explorer. Consumer states problems with air conditioner the consumer was a quoted a price of $2,400 to fix the air conditioner. The consumer stated the air conditioner failed for the second time within 16 months. According to the invoice, the ac compressor had a large hole on the side of the case. The consumer believed the original design of the air conditioner was defective.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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