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:
24,673 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 #4

May 082012

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 93,691 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the front passengers¿ power window switch failed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 93,691.

- Windgap, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152006

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electric windows for back seat passengers were inoperable. Driver side back passenger window motor was replaced in August 2006 with 21,000 miles on the vehicle. Passenger side back window motor was replaced in August 2007. Driver side back passenger window quit working in September 2007, but has not been taken to get fixed yet. The windows had at different times did not work sometimes when I tried to lower them. I did not take the vehicle in until the window hadn't work in several days.

- Seaford, DE, USA

problem #2

Jan 182007

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car rpms increased while stepping on brake, car has surged forward on at least 3 occasions and one time it surged backwards when in reverse and hit a pole, even though foot was on the brake. Car has died on several occasions while attempting to accelerate. Driver side window has failed several times, despite having the master switch replaced.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 122005

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
2005 Ford Explorer. The contact states the vehicle has been in the repair shop four times with nine repairs since purchase, approximately a month ago. The rear axle assembly/wheel bearings had to be replaced. Also, the rear window on the driver's side/the pulley in the motor, had to be replaced, and the computer chip had to be reset. The key was getting stuck in the ignition; the dealership could find what was wrong with ignition. There were other problems with the vehicle, but the contact did not have that information. The contact was asking Ford to take the vehicle back at this time. A service advisor was suppose to speak with the contact.

- Mufreesboro, TN, USA

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