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:
56,370 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

May 242010

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Was in a front end collision this morning and the passenger air bag deployed but the drivers side air bag failed to deploy.

- Romeoville, IL, USA

problem #1

May 152009


  • 44,740 miles
Was traveling westbound on hwy 98 in Florida when the vehicle slammed on its brakes to stop at the yellow light, my reaction time was not enough to stop in time to not hit him. I hit the back of the work van going between 45-55 mph. My seatbelt was fastened and the inertia reel never locked in. My head hit the steering wheel and the airbags didn't deploy. My front bumper made solid impact. I am taking my vehicle to a shop on Tuesday to have everything looked at and fixed.

- Navarre, FL, USA

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