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:
46,333 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.

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 272012


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the vehicle did not come equipped with child safe locks and the contact was concerned with the lack of having the safety feature. The manufacturer was contacted and a complaint was filed. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 66,000.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #2

Dec 052010

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
This problem is very stressful on a senior citizen with a heart condition who's heart is functioning at 60% and on medication everyday. Upper back hatch has factory defect crack next to the lock, in the last couple of months it has been unlocking itself at random, while sitting still or driving. No injuries, muggings, theft, kidnapping of grandchildren and/ or escape or theft of four children yet!!!. I do not have the extra monies to is Ford factory defect that I see on Explorer everywhere. I have contacted them, and they still claim no safety issue.

- Maidens, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 102010


  • 70,000 miles
While trying to put my 2005 Ford Explorer in reverse, the gear shift broke within the steering column. After looking online, I found this to be a common problem.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

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