hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,807 miles

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2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 252016

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 125,456 miles


Discovered underneath the body where the body and frame meet for the body mount bushings, they have nearly disintegrated on all four bushings located under the driver and passenger seats. These bushings were made of some inferior foam material whereas the rear bushings are rubber and still in very good condition. The repair for this defect will cost around $600 to $1,300 and if not done will result in the cab falling directly onto the frame thus creating numerous safety problems including structural integrity failure of the truck. This problem affects all sport tracs made from 2001 to 2005. The included pics begin with the driver side (driver seat) front bushing, driver side (rear seat) bushing, passenger side (front seat) bushing, passenger side (rear seat) bushing and finally the passenger side rear and driver side rear bushings (both in excellent shape and made of entirely different material) disclaimer: This truck has never been exposed to any salt water (beach) environment nor winter weather environment (where salt was used), or mud riding of any time nor has been driven through flooded areas which could lead to the condition of the bushings. Vehicle odometer reading is 125,496.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #7

Oct 142005

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 10,000 miles
Peeling paint on my Ford Explorer Sport Trac. It is peeling mostly on the top and hood of the truck. I talked with someone on the Ford website but they said there are no recalls. I talked with a paint and body shop and they said it was a bad paint job. The roof on my vehicle is now rusting and the body shop guy said it will cost over 2000$ to get it repaired. This vehicle was purchased in Oklahoma. We also bought a cover for the back which had a frame around the bed of the pickup and was held together by some plastic clips. The clips broke before it was even a year old and the dealer said there was nothing they could do and we would have to buy a whole new cover which cost over 300$.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #6

Apr 022007

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Rear passenger door can't open from inside or outside of vehicle. Difficulty in removing any type of passenger in an emergency. Nothing is listed in operations manual. Child safety lock was pressed at time so child could not open door. Since then tried to unlock child safety from inside and outside and it is impossible. There is no way to do this. Involves child safety lock which is broken inside of door. Tried to get fixed recently, but seems impossible without damaging door. Still cannot open. Have heard others who have had this problem. Have not seen or heard any recalls on this issue but it should be a Ford issue not the consumer. This is too dangerous for anyone driving in that seat should an emergency occur and they need to get out.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 122014

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Driver side front exterior door handle had been becoming more difficult to open. On the last pull to get in, the door handle broke off. If there was an emergency, there would be no way to open the door to remove the driver.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #4

Aug 152013

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 45,000 miles
For the past 6 years I've been complaining about how the paint pealing off the body after washing it, for no reason what so ever, I take very good care of my vehicles, and this has been an ongoing fight with the Ford Motor Company that they will assume any responsibility that it was a bad paint job. And they will not stand by there warranty.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #3

May 012009

Explorer Sport Trac

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The contact stated that there was corrosion on the exterior roof of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed the corrosion. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #2

Aug 312011

Explorer Sport Trac 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. The paint is blistering and peeling from the roof runners. I noticed this just recently when I washed the truck and was getting ready to wax it.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152010

Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Explorer sporttrac has paint issues. The paint on the hood has bubbled and is now flaking off. The running boards have extensive rust spots. I am now worried what else might go wrong. =-(

- Blackfoot, ID, USA

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