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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,000 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 062011

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Crack at back glass running down the car left of Ford emblem. Glass could fall out.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

May 242010


  • 43,000 miles
2005 Ford Explorer----rear window just exploded, when I went to shut it----43,000 miles.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 122010


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. On January 12, 2010 he noticed that the rear hatch glass was split in half. He filed a report with the manufacturer who confirmed that there were no related recalls; therefore, they would not offer any assistance. The vehicle will be repaired by the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 66,000.

- Miami Gardens , FL, USA

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