hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
347,650 miles

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2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152014

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact discovered that the frame was rusted and parts were fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame and the front and rear motor mounts were rusted and needed be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred with the front end motor mount. While driving approximately 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the driver and passenger side pinion, barons, and seals needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000. MA 10/23/15

- Cutoff, LA, USA

problem #5

May 152014

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 1,700,000 miles
The doors don't open good and the door handles break. We have had fixed twice and the previous owner had fixed also!

- Mulberry, AR, USA

problem #4

Sep 142013

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 100,400 miles
While driving at 45mph noticed too much body roll and bouncing. Installed new shocks and sway bars and had it aligned and it still had too much body roll and bouncing. Had it up on a lift an noticed the body bushing were all deteriorated and falling apart. Googled this item and found many Sport Trac owners having the same problem. It seems Ford purchased inferior body bushings from a vendor and has never corrected this issue. The vehicle feels very unsafe to drive! in order to change these out you have to remove the interior of the vehicle 1st. This is a very expensive repair and if left undone the vehicle is unsafe to drive. I have never heard of this being a maintenance item on any other vehicle.

- Lantana, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 262013

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 97,600 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the spare tire detached from the tire well from under the carriage. The failure was related to a fractured cable harness. Vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 97,600.

- Ponce Inlet , FL, USA

problem #2

May 132011

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I went to install a pair of step bars on my truck, and noticed that my body bushings looked odd. I touched one of them and it crumbled, and upon further investigation I noticed at least 3 sets on each side were in the same shape. I called Ford customer service and was told to take it to the dealer to have it checked, and that there was no warranty, customer satisfaction plan, or recall. I told them I was a mechanic and did not need to go to the dealer, but they did register my complaint. I have never seen body bushings in such state on any name brand or model vehicle, even after they were 20 or so years old. I have seen them flatten out, but never deteriorate. I feel sure that the material used is of poor quality. By not replacing them, there is a risk of body cracking or other failures. I feel that Ford should have a recall on them. After searching the internet, I find that I am not alone, and feel that there are many more people with the same problem, they just dont know it.

- Monticello, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 162005

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 13,900 miles
I own a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The rear hard cover that covers the bed of the truck does not seal tightly. During heavy or steady rain, water will trickle into the bed of the truck. Dampening anything stored in that area. I have contacted Ford corporate headquarters to lodge a complaint. Ford claims the cover was never advertised as being weather sealed. Has anyone else encountered this problem" is there a cure for it " I have tried adjusting the cover. This only helped slightly.

- Pequannock, NJ, USA

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