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:
40,000 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 #2

Sep 072011

Explorer 6-cyl

  • miles


Heat component: Tried to defrost the windows on my vehicle, when I adjusted the controls to the heat I began to hear a loud clicking noise and no heat was coming out of the vent. Winter is in and it is extremely difficult to see when driving due to this issue. Two other individuals with the same make & model have the same exact issue with there vehicle. I feel that it is a failed piece of equipment that causes a high safety risk.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 152011

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact was driving approximately 40 mph when the defroster failed to operate when engaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician stated that the dashboard would have to be removed and the blending chamber would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 07/15/2013 updated 7/10/13

- Holland, MI, USA

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