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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
840 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 accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 132005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving down the road, the liftgate (glass portion) of my 2005 Explorer will pop open. There are no patterns (I.e. hitting a bump) to when it will open. My fear is I will be hauling something - the back will come open and everything will fall out onto the raod. My dogs travel back there to and from dog shows. I took it to the dealer, they adjusted the strike plate. It stopped for a while but now it is happening again. The dealer can't define the problem so they refuse to work on it.

- Centerburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 042005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,680 miles
Back door latch on my Ford Explorer 2005 has come open twice while I was driving.

- Ferndale, MI, USA

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