hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
132,900 miles

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac drivetrain problems

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 252016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 135,000 miles


Truck was running fine. Then on several occasions it would slip out of gear while I was coming off of or onto exit ramps. Seemed like as the engine decelerated it would slip into neutral. Sometimes it would eventually find the gear and sometimes I had to come to a complete stop, which was really scary since I was in traffic when this happened. A short time late (a matter of weeks). I noticed it would not go into gear when the truck was cold (after sitting overnight. This has rapidly progressed into almost complete failure. I can still get the truck to move if I shift manually into L1 or L2 but D does not work at all. Additionally I noticed that sometimes my O/D light would be blinking and sometime O/D would go completely off and the truck would not shift into high gear. I found if I stopped, turned the truck off and restarted it would often fix the issue. This is not longer true. I will be taking the truck to my mechanic on Monday. I looked up the issue and see that this is common complaint with many early 2000 Ford vehicles. Shame the company does not recognize it's failure and stand up and fix it. I did not have any accident due to this issue but I could see if this failure occurred as someone was pulling into traffic or in the middle of heavy traffic that this could definitely cause a serious accident.

- Ocean View, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 022014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 100,000 miles
My Ford Sport Trac has failed to lock when the gear shift is put into the park position. When you start to get out the vehicle will roll and you will hear a clicking noise in the transmission. It has done this for some time and I had it fixed once but it is doing it again.

- Creighton, MO, USA

problem #2

May 072014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. While driving on an incline, the transmission slipped and the engine rpms increased abnormally. The vehicle stalled and the overdrive warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred approximately ten times and at various speeds. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Kite, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 092014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 96,600 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact was driving with the vehicle speed control engaged at 68 mph when the failure occurred. The vehicle began to decelerate and some smoke was present underneath the vehicle. When the contact opened the hood there was no evidence of smoke in the engine area. The contact was concerned about the housing unit being cracked other than for being defective, cold temperature or high heat that comes in contact with it. The housing unit should never split apart. The thermostat housing unit was leaking. The over drive warning light illuminated prior to the failure. The contact was forced to drive the vehicle onto the emergency lane. The vehicle would drive forward or in reverse and it also failed to function in first gear. The vehicle would only move forward in second gear. The contact was able to continue driving five miles in second gear to his residence at 35 mph. After the failure occurred the contact also added anti freeze to the vehicle. The transmission also failed shortly after the failure occurred and he was unable to drive in reverse gear. The mechanic stated that the bands in the transmission may have caused the failure to occur. A local mechanic replaced the thermostat housing unit which has three hoses attached to it. Ford was currently checking the transmission to determine the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 96,600. The current mileage was 96,620.

- Livonia , MI, USA

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