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.


really awful
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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.

2005 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 122011


  • miles


The activheat heated car seat cover model # 6hcscbl24 was recalled because the seat cover could overheat and burn me. On August 12, 2011 I mailed in my request for a new seat cover along with a 3" X 5" section of the front mesh fabric of the seat cover to activheat seat recall, C/O atlas North, po box 873, woodbury, NJ 08096. The recall letter stated that I would receive the new seat cover in 30 days. It has been over 60 days and I have not received the replacement seat cover. I have called 800-541-3722 twice to inquire about the recall. The answering service has taken my name and phone # and said they would call me. I have not received a call. Please help me obtain the new seat cover.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

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