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:
35,000 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

Feb 182009


  • miles


I recently went to get into my car to go to work, and when I tried to engage the gear shifter is didn't want to go into reverse so I tried again and the gear shifter broke off of the casing of the steering column and I had to replace the whole steering column in order to drive my vehicle again.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012009


  • 70,000 miles
About 1 month ago the heater began to not function correctly. It kept making a clunking sound, before providing heat. Now there is absolutely not heat at all. I was looking online, and realized many people had this problem. Why isn it a recall then. The average cost of this repair is $600. I am very disappointed that Ford wont stand behind their product.

- Port Jervis , NY, USA

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