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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
97,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2005 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152011

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles


I just bought this Vehicle and yes i know i have a call into the car lot about it but sucks that each day a different alarm goes off has to be something simple please tell me i didn't just waste 13k for nothing.

- , Ripley, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 032009

Explorer XLT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

This is really annoying. The door ajar light is on and it chimes until you get down the road a little bit. The driver side door lock isn't working either. I really would like to know how to fix this issue and a cost of repair. My dad retired from Ford and he doesn't even know what the problem is. If I can get an answer on the problem, my brother is a Ford mechanic and may possibly be able to help me.

- , Thornton, KY, USA

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