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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,667 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 #3

Apr 032008


  • miles


My accelerator on a 2005 Ford Explorer stuck and caused me to have a car accident.

- Elberton, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 022008


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. While driving 5 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The contact drove over a curb and into a scaffold, which finally stopped the vehicle. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The dealer stated that the throttle body assembly failed. The windshield, hood, roof, fender, front driver's seat, and passenger's sun visor all sustained over $5,000 worth of damage. The contact stated that she did not want the vehicle back because she is afraid. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Alberton, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 082005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Car rpms increased while stepping on the brakes

- Sterling, VA, USA

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