really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
74,950 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. replaced drive shaft (1 reports)
  3. technical service bulletin 8-4-16 (released 2/20/08) (1 reports)
2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac transmission problems

transmission problem

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2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Owner Comments

problem #7

May 042018

Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,595 miles


Coming from out of town and the truck started jerking not changing gears. On take if it would only go 20 mph and when changing gears sound like the bottom fell out and you were just rear ended. Pull over to a mechanic shop they refuse to look at it. Told us he will not touch this truck that they were the worst because the dip stick is under the car and come with more problems he don't deal with. Pulled into another shop miles down the road and got the same reaction. This time the man even said the dealership don't want to be bothered with this truck. He wished us well and we left. Drove home for 88 more miles doing 45 in a 65 mph road. Sadly this is on a Saturday couldn't find a shop open after 3pm in Houston. This problem really needs some attention.

- Janice G., Missouri City, TX, US

problem #6

Oct 032016

Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,360 miles

The transmission will shift very hard every now and then when it is in drive and it normally happens on take off, although I have had it happen when slowing down as well.

- Richard M., Claremont, NH, US

problem #5

Sep 182010

Explorer Sport Trac Limited 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

There is a TSB on the issue but reviews and the ford dealer I called said it is only a temporary fix. This is why I did not get it done. These transmissions are the worst. Constant hard shifting causing the vehicle to jerk forward when stopping and shuddering when accelerating.

- David T., Great Mills, MD, US

problem #4

Jan 032013

Explorer Sport Trac Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,416 miles


Transmission has a little over 100k Miles and now the truck slams into reverse, very very rough shifting. Sometimes the transmission will pause for 4 to 5 seconds before shifting into gear. Local place wants $700.00 to locate the problem. REALLY!!!!?

Update from Sep 2, 2014: It ended up being that the solenoid pack was bad, cost was $1500.00

- illyack, Titusville, FL - Florida, US

problem #3

Nov 012010

Explorer Sport Trac ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

First of all the transmission makes a clunking noise when I put in reverse and the dealer said it was the programming of the computer module. I took it to a mechanic and he said it was the drive shaft. I will take it back to the dealer. Belt came apart and need to replace the harmonic balancer

- Fidel H., San Antonio, TX, US

problem #2

Oct 012008

Explorer Sport Trac Limited V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

We purchased our truck in the Summer of 2006 (it had just been re-released for 2007). At first, we absolutely LOVED it! That is until the jerking, jolting, and hard shifting began. We took it into the dealership REPEATEDLY until they finally replaced the megatronics (Feb of 2007). Finally, it rode beautifully again. Well, just last week, the truck began jerking, jolting, and hard shifting again. We took it to a Ford dealer (not the same one we bought from b/c we have moved). The new Ford dealer was going to charge us $270 to reprogram the computer and said the problem was that our previous Ford dealership never actually reprogrammed the truck.

My husband then called the Ford dealership we purchased the truck from at which time the service manager told him a Technical Service Bulletin came out on Feb. 20, 2008 (8-4-16) to fix this exact problem and that it IS covered under Ford's 8 year, 80000 mile emissions warranty. (Note to self: get rid of truck before emissions warranty is up)

Therefore, my husband called back the dealership who was going to charge us $270 and after a good bit of arguing, finally admitted that we were covered under the emissions warranty and the 8-4-16 Technical Service Bulletin would be performed to our truck at no cost to us and that should fix the problem....we'll see how long this "fix" lasts.

This will be our last Ford.

- Jenny H., Elgin, SC, US

problem #1

May 012006

Explorer Sport Trac V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,107 miles

I have experienced the same transmission problem as several other people have with their Ford Explorer. I have logged the complaint against the 2007 Explorer even though this vehicle was purchased in 2006. The transmission shifts hard at low speed especially after a downshift at a stop followed by normal acceleration. It feels like the transmission di not downshift properly into first gear then all of a sudden hard shifts into first gear. I have had the vehicle at the dealer a total of 6 times to try and have this issue resolved. They have done the typical solutions hilited by other folks. Replacing the mechatronic, reprogramming the TCM more then once. I have even lodged formal complaints with Ford Canada and they claim this is normal behavior. They say it is the normal characteristics for this type of transmission. I say bullshit. There is a mjor design flaw with this transmission and Ford does not want to acknowledge it. My vehicle is a leased vehicle and I can't wait to return this piece of scrap to the dealer. This was my first Ford vehicle and must say it will be my last one. I just hope that Ford monitors this site and get the hint that people are not happy with this vehicle.

- apaquett, Rockland, ON, Canada

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