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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,100 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 172007

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,100 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The vehicle has Michelin cross touring (na), size LT235/70/R16 tires. While driving approximately 70 mph, the passenger side front tire blew out without warning. The contact pulled off the road and noticed that the only thing holding the tire to the vehicle was the tire mount. Prior to operating the vehicle, the tire pressure was normal. The dealer stated that the tire tread began to separate and the tread was 4 and 5/30 seconds. The contact has pictures. The current and failure mileages were 29,100. Updated 02/12/08. The tire blow caused damaged to the vehicle.

- Pittston, PA, USA

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