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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,500 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.

2005 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 102005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles


2005 Ford Explorer XLT-3 weeks old now have had to: Replace rear axle-howling noise-still noise in rear and have to take back tomorrow. Have heard of several problems w/ rear axles being reported. Would not buy this vehicle again. 3 weeks old and we are disappointed with this purchase. Shocked that they sold this vehicle knowing these kinds of issues w/ 2005 Explorer is predominate. They are all under warranty so no recalls. 3 in shop when we were there. Been without our new vehicle 4 days thus far. No rental provided.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

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