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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,494 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 202006

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,989 miles


I was driving my 2005 Ford Explorer which I purchased brand new in October 2004, when all of a sudden my gas gauge was reading E and my service engine soon light was on. This happened May 13, 2005. I immediately brought it to the dealer and was told that the fuel pump needed to be changed. Since I had filled the tank the day before they wanted me to drive around and use the gas up. I refused and the wound up draining my tank. Well after filling my tank up on January 20, 2006 again my gauge is ready almost E and the dash keeps telling me I have a low fuel level. This time I wasn't even driving it happened after restarting my car when they finished pumping my gas. Back to the dealer I go and again I am told that the fuel pump needs to be checked out and or changed again but this time they drain the gas and since the tank is full I am supposed to drive the vehicle until I use most of the gas. I am told they do have the part in stock to make the repair. I don't like the idea of having to drive around not knowing how much gas I have. This is ridiculous.

- Aquebogue, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 202005


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. Safety complaint was that light came on that said have your vehicle checked immediately. The contact took vehicle back to dealer to have the fuel pump fixed. Dealer fixed the fuel pump. No crashes. No police reports. No fires. The contact was driving on road when light came on. Also, before the gas gauge was not working properly.

- North Little Rock , AR, USA

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