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:
32,775 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 #5

Nov 012011

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


Consumer writes to request an investigation concerning the business practices of a local auto repair center. The consumer did not think, the repair facility was actually performing the services on his vehicle. The consumer stated the vehicle failed inspection, due to low tire tread. He stated he was just in the repair facility one month prior, and no mentioned to him, there was a problem with the tires. Also, the alternator was replaced. However, it was determined the new alternator was defective.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 132012


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer with Michelin T235- 70T16 16' latitude tour tires. The contact stated while driving, the driver's side rear tire blew. The contact lost control and crashed the vehicle due to the tire wall blow out. The contact was injured and required medical attention. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 012011


  • 68,874 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer, equipped with goodrich touring T/a tires. The tire size was P235/75/R16 and the dot number was ap70L2113710. The contact stated that there was extreme and consistent tread wear on the tires. During inclement weather, the vehicle would hydroplane on the highway. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but stated that there was nothing that they were able to do to assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 58,575 and the current mileage was 68,874. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 05/21/12 updated 06/01/12

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152009


  • miles
Bulge in sidewall of tire.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 202007


  • 14,000 miles
Tires have small cracks along tread lugs and sidewall tread lugs. I am afraid they will blow out at anytime.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

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