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
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,551 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.

2005 Ford Explorer brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 242009


  • 30,000 miles


I parked my 2005 Ford Explorer 'eddie bauer' at the flat top of a driveway at 115 hopkins lane in becket, MA 01223. I put the vehicle into 'P' and easily removed the key which I stashed in the cup holder as always. The drive of the car parked behind me was standing about 20 feet to might right and as I was walking behind my vehicle she yelled 'move! your car is rolling!'. I was lucky enough to get out of the way as the Ford rolled very slowly back about 6 feet and the trailer hitch crushed the rear bumper of her 1999 Porsche 'boxster'. luckily nobody was hurt. There was no damage to my vehicle. The damage to the Porsche will be $1,400 +. had the Ford mechanism been working correctly I would not have been able to extricate my key.

- Becket, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 292006

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,102 miles
SUV was in park with emergency brake engaged. Driver released hood in error got out to close hood and owner got out of middle row to release brake. When emergency brake was released car rolled and door hit parked vehicle damaging front passenger door. Child was in car strapped in child's car seat. Very scary feeling for car to be rolling backwards with child inside car alone.

- Canton, GA, USA

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