pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
112,429 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace transmission (2 reports)
  3. replace transmission at cost of $3,5000 (1 reports)
2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 252016

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 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 later (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 no 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.

Update from Dec 7, 2016: Looks like my truck is a total loss, only solution is to replace the transmission at a cost of approx $3,500. I can't see doing this.

- , Ocean View, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 182015

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,000 miles

This vehical was on our wish list for several years. We've only had it "used" a couple of years. The transmission started slipping and stalling. We've changed/treated the transmission fluid as well as the filter with no luck. Now it won't go in drive or reverse and when it was the rpms would fly but only allow it to go 35mph. :( Any idea please comment terrible frustrated.

- , Antigo, WI, USA

problem #5

Dec 262013

Explorer Sport Trac

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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transmission failure

I had this happen twice, I was going down hill and turned the O/D off. The truck started to shimmy and fishtail. The second time, resulting in the truck flipping. I tried writing to Ford asking about similar problems and the said take it to a dealer, it's kind of hard when the truck is totaled! So we still have to pay for a truck we don't have! Reading in here it seems this vehicle has lots of problems with the transmission and Ford is not owning up to it. Luckily, I was not hurt in the accident, but who knows next time this happens to someone else. Come on Ford, be responsible!

- , Honokaa, HI, USA

problem #4

Feb 012009

Explorer Sport Trac LX 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles


I haven't even had this truck a year, still owe lots of money and the transmission is shot...At no fault of mine. I serviced absolutely everything on time. My mech. says he thinks it will make it worse to flush and change fluids. When he told me this is a common problem with these trucks I was shocked. This is my third ford and they have all been great trucks. I did no research on this type of truck prior to purchase and I am sorry now. Chevy has a new customer if I can ever pay this hunk of junk off and start over.

- , Yucaipa, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 082007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles

Had to put 2 in the 1993// Last Ford Exployer that I will buy

- , Broadway, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 162007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Mechanical Transmission failure after receiving O/D flashing light and Service Engine Soon. Began to slip in Drive and not shifting through all gears.

- , Everett, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 162007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport Trac 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

At 60,000 miles the transmission started whining in first gear ( take off), Following at 79,000-80,000 second gear started to whine, 84,000 miles the 1st and 2nd gears went completely out. That is when i wanted to call the wrecking yard. Too bad I owed 10,000 on this vehicle. It is a nice vehicle in every other aspect to my needs but that damn transmission was worth a good chewing to Ford. This will be the last Sport Trac I own. Next is A Super Duty. If that goes wrong Here I come DODGE.

- , Bossier City, LA, USA

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