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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,500 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.

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 052016


  • 133,000 miles


While stopped at a red light on a residential street, the rear window exploded. It appears the right rear window hinge had rotated out of position and fractured, causing the window to break. The hydraulic arms extended since the window was no longer there to hold them back, which caused the lift gate frame to bend, plastic to crack, and electrical wires to be exposed.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 142013


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that there was a massive crack under the rear exterior liftgate window panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that the window panel would need to be replaced in order to prevent the window glass from disengaging independently. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000. Kmj. Returned by usps on 4/2/2013. 2nd attempt on 4/9/2013 failed.

- Tamc , HI, USA

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